I have a problem. Los Angeles does not have a football team. I know you are aware of this but this is a real issue when you are a freakish football fan, like myself, and there is absolutely no fan base to hang with on a Thursday night, Sunday or Monday night. To make matters worse, I hate greasy wings, bad beer and soggy onion rings. I love good food. Problem solved…. Biergarten.
Biergarten, just blocks from Larchmont, has more TVs than Best Buy. Every night is “sports night” and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The icing on the cake? The food at Biergarten is fantastic. Biergarten is a fabulous fusion of German, Japanese and Korean fare. The menu is chock full of the usual sliders, fried chicken and ribs, but all with a pinch, a dash or a side of Korean chilies, chipotle ketchup and Biergarten’s fusion hot sauce. No soggy onion rings here, Biergarten’s onion rings are seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper and beer-batter dipped for fluffiness then paired with two different kinds of dipping sauces. For all of you who like sausage with your football, there is a Wurstplatte with three different kinds of “wursts” and kielbasa, served up with a side of some of the best sauerkraut I have ever tasted. Your quesadilla with spicy Korean marinated pork? Now, that is bar food you can sink your teeth into. Then there are the traditional Korean dishes. The Spicy Sea Snails Salad and Tofu with Kimchee are absolute perfection.
Of course, what pairs best with Asian-Fusion fare and sports is great beer, and Biergarten has that and then some. The beer menu, both bottled and tap, is divided into a number of categories and there are many “brews” to peruse. Any beer connoisseur would be content. My favorite, Allagash White. Choose yours, you have four quarters to think about it.
So I say to you….Are you ready for some football?
Alison Dinerstein is a resident of Windsor Square, a NY JETS fan and a professional foodie. She is the co-founder of the soon to be launched website Artisan’s Table at www.artisanstable.com – Artisan’s Table curates the world of artisan food so you don’t have to. Stay tuned to LarchmontBuzz for more from Dinerstein – including more information on the launch of Artisan’s Table. You can contact Alison at email@example.com