Oktoberfest comes early: Enjoy German food and a bevy of beers Sept. 19

With all we’ve got going on this fall at the Bistro, you’ll have to update that calendar to make sure you can keep track. Lovers of German cuisine will need to keep this in mind as well: we like celebrating our Oktoberfest in September! We couldn’t wait another month to serve up our dinner that celebrates this country’s hearty cuisine with a slate of complementary brews. Join us Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. for the Oktoberfest Rare Bomber Beer Dinner, and experience a menu with plenty of oom-pah-pah:

First Course
Veal Schnitzel with Fried Organic and Local Egg, Anchovy and Lemon

Second Course
House-Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Kraut and Apples

Third Course
Bavarian Cucumber and Sour-Cream Salad

Fourth Course
Beer-Braised Bavarian Sausage and Spaetzle

Fifth Course
Apple-Filled German Crêpe

Savor it all with this selection of beers:

• Ommegang Gnomegang—Belgian Style Strong Pale Ale
• Blue Moon Vintners Series—With Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes
• Uinta—Cahoots Double Rye India Pale Ale
• Sierra Nevada—Ovila Dubbel
• Affligem—950 Cuvee

Cost of this tasty European culinary excursion is $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation to experience the best of Germany on a plate!

Raise a stein to German cuisine at our November Fest!

October’s almost over, but no need to worry about missing out on your chance to celebrate Oktoberfest. We’re holding the Bistro’s celebration of hearty German food and drink in November! Our three-course November Fest Dinner Thursday, November 15, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (open seating), features courses that’ll make you want to break out the lederhosen:

Course 1
Bavarian Cucumber Salad with Black Bread

Course 2
Local Sausages
Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Beer
Potato Pancakes

Course 3
House-Made Apple Strudel with Fresh Whipped Cream

Of course, no German dinner would be complete without beer, and ours is no exception. We’ll be serving up two brews straight from Bavaria, Ayinger Oktoberfest and Ayinger Celebrator, as well as a local offering, Lagerheads Bed Head Red from Lagerheads Smokehouse & Brewing Co. in Medina.

Cost of our November Fest Dinner is $38.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Join us for some gemutlichkeit next month — call 216.481.9635 now!

You’ll fall for our special October and November dinner events!

September’s almost over already (can you believe it?), but the fall fun at the Bistro is just getting started. Whatever flavors you savor, you’ll find a special dinner event — and maybe more than one — to your liking:

FALL VEGAN DINNER: As the weather gets a cold snap in it, our monthly 3-for-$30 Vegan Dinner offering warms up. On Monday, October 29, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., we’ll serve up these cozy dishes:

Celery Root-Parsnip-Potato Soup

Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Apple Strudel with Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

WITCH’S BREW DINNER: Celebrate Halloween Wednesday, October 31, by enjoying a spooky-but-savory feast with no tricks — just treats. Our Witch’s Brew Dinner at 6:30 p.m. pairs five courses of hauntingly delicious cuisine with an assortment of intoxicating potions:

First Course
Deep Down Underground Root Cellar Soup
(Celery Root-Parsnip-Potato Soup with Creme Fraiche)
Potion: Monks’ Blood Ale

Second Course
Vampire Tenderloin “Stake” with Garlic Butter
Potion: Freak Show Cabernet

Third Course
Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Pumpkin-Seed Salad
Potion: Witches’ Cackle Cocktail

Fourth Course
Black-and-Orange Shrimp Pasta (Orecchiette Pasta with Nicoise Olives, Caramelized Garlic, and Roasted Butternut Squash)
Potion: Bobbing for Eyeballs Cocktail

Fifth Course
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
Potion: Warm Mulled Mead

This wickedly tempting feast costs $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

ENCORE CLAMBAKE: If you missed our September Clambake — or you made it and are hungry for more — we have great news. We’re bringing the Clambake back Thursday, November 8. Once again, between 5 and 9 p.m., for $58.50 per person, you’ll get New England clam chowder, a 1-lb. whole lobster, one-quarter of a barbecued chicken, 1 dozen clams, corn on the cob, a roasted sweet potato, coleslaw, and cornbread. Extra clams are $12 per dozen; order when you make your reservation to be sure to get your share.

VEGAN THANKSGIVING DINNER: Vegan Thanksgiving feasts a week before the calendar date have become an annual tradition at the Bistro, and this one is no exception. Watch this blog for more details on the menu for this year’s event, Wednesday, November 21.

NOVEMBER WINE DINNER: Our wine dinner for November will be Thursday, November 29. Mark your calendar now and watch this blog for theme and menu details.

“NOVEMBERFEST”: Ein prosit! We’re going to make sure nobody misses the fun of Oktoberfest this year by having our own three-course  “Novemberfest” of classic German cuisine paired with hearty beers. Dishes will include local sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, and apple strudel. Again, watch this space for more details.

To make reservations for any of these upcoming events, call 216.481.9635 and get ready to enjoy an autumn harvest of incredible dining experiences!

Mind if we smoke?

We don’t think you will. In fact, we think you’ll thank us for smoking.

You’ll thank Marc for smoking, anyway. Since he got his big opportunity to smoke as much as he wanted at our house, he’s become quite the heavy smoker. Lately, he just can’t seem to quit smoking. Yeah, go figure, it’s a new year and everyone else is making resolutions to quit smoking — and this guy resolves to smoke more. In the past week, especially, Marc has been smoking like crazy.

Meat, that is. (What, you thought we were talking about smoking something else?)

He’s been smoking beef brisket (and if you’ve ever had our brisket, you’ll be delighted to hear that), he’s been smoking ribs, he’s been smoking pork chops, he’s been smoking sausage and he’s been smoking turkey. Now, you can benefit from all his smoking, in the form of this wonderful Choucroûte: an Alsatian smoked meat platter.

Meat platters like this are the quintessential bistro dish in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, so influenced in the kitchen by Germany: great quantities of smoked meat, roasted to a turn, served with boiled potatoes, sauerkraut and flavorful mustards. This is our version. You get a plateful of smoked ribs, sausage, turkey and a pork chop. On the side, boiled baby potatoes and plenty of sauerkraut, made with Ruth’s special recipe that combines a touch of sugar and bacon to render the shredded cabbage sweet-tart-savory, not sour. The whole thing comes accompanied by two mustards — a hearty grainy mustard and a mellow honey mustard — and we suggest you ask for some bread as well, because you’re going to want some to soak up the sauce and juices. Order up a beer with this, and — ach du Lieber! — you can’t get a more heartwarming or satisfying winter’s meal. It’s on our specials menu this week; you need to get in here and taste it!

If for some reason that doesn’t ring your bell, though, we still have plenty of other delights with which to tempt you. Such as veal osso bucco; roasted half duck with cherry port sauce; long bone double cut pork chops wrapped in bacon and stuffed with prosciutto, Gruyère and apple with port and dried plum ginger sauce; slow braised lamb shank with rosemary-mint demiglace; a spicy jambalaya; four-cheese mac and cheese with smoked chicken and black truffle; Portuguese fisherman’s stew; mahi mahi with raspberry-chipotle glaze…

Come on by and fill your stomach and your soul with a lovingly prepared dish this week. Because at Bistro 185, we smoke ’em if we got ’em.