Jagerstein Biergarten in Delaware, NJ
Jagerstein Biergarten is by far the most amazing random dive I've ever been too. The chef/owner, Jean Louise is a French born, professionally trained Manhatten chef turned country boy. He moved out to the Columbia NJ area, bought a farm and a restaurant and started cooking German food. He is FASCINATING! With personal connections to Salvador Dali and the last Czars of Russia, his stories go on for days. As far as his cooking goes, it's unmatched. His unique approach to traditional German dishes such as sausages and wurst (all made fresh in house) and a German version of Shepherds Pie made with kielbasa and bier cheese sauce will leave you with a full belly, a smile on your face and a better understanding of what it feels to be truly satisfied. His menu is extensive and vastly different. The meal starts off with bread and butter, both made in house. Continue on to the escargot in phylo dough pastries and traditional pretzel with creamy bier cheese sauce for an appetizer. Then on to the entree. One in partivular i enjoyed, the venison entree, is by far the most delicous I've ever had. Cooked to your liking and served with a side of grilled corn, German style red cabbage, and roasted apples... DELICOUS!! The bar is stocked to the brim with traditional German biers( both bottled and on tap) as well as local IPAS and domestic brews, even featuring some little know European drafts. BUT leave room for dessert!! All dessert from the apple strudel to the black forest cake and the bread pudding with Jack Daniel's glaze are all made in-house fresh! The raspberry napoleon, with its fresh berries, hand whipped cream and traditional French flair will leave you licking your plate. This dive is a perfect example of what a little imagination, a lot of experience and a boat load of talent will get you. And if the food won't get you to stay, the staff will get you coming back. AMAZING PLACE!!!