Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis MN


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Soup of the day

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup with Sausage
Lentil beans are nearly the perfect food. This soup is a flavor and nutrition powerhouse! Served with a brötchen.

Liver PatÉ
A rich, delicious, liver paté made with herbs and brandy. Garnished and served with rye bread.
whole$11.75 half$7.75

Turkey Strips
Enjoy our lightly seasoned, deep fried strips of turkey breast meat, served with French fries.

SautÉed Mushrooms
Sliced mushrooms are sautéed with garlic and a little wine. A customer favorite!

Ham and Sauerkraut Balls
A best-selling appetizer for many years, this blend of ham, cheese and sauerkraut is breaded and deep fried. Served with homemade mustard.
Three (3)$5.75 Plus one$2.00

Onion Rings
You won't believe your eyes when you see these huge, perfectly browned onion rings! A delight of a snack or appetizer.

Potato Pancake
Comfort food! Grated potatoes are mixed with onion & parsley in our recipe. Served with applesauce and sour cream.
one$4.00 two$7.25

Sauerbraten Aspic
A rare treat! This cold, rustic terrine is chock full of sauerbraten meat and vegetables. Served with Dijon mustard sauce and rye bread.
whole$11.00 half$6.75


Lentil & Spaetzel Salad
Lentils and spaetzel, with parsley and field greens are tossed in a refreshingly tart, lemon-olive oil dressing

Wurst Salad
A meal's worth of salad! Julienne slices of homemade sausage loaf, with onions and pickles are tossed in vinaigrette and served on a bed of field greens.

Tossed Salad with Dressing
A savory blend of field greens served with your choice of dressing (all made here): Vinaigrette, herb, bleu cheese, Catalina-style French.

Caesar Salad
Made in the classic style with Romaine lettuce and a garlicky dressing made with anchovies & parmesan.
with Turkey Breast$12.25

Herring Salad with Toast
Wine-pickled herring is a centuries-old German favorite. Served with pickles and onions on a bed of lettuce.

Matjes Herring with Rye Bread
Northern European treat! Fillets of salt herring, along with apples and onions, are served in a rich, creamy sauce. Served with rye bread.

Side Dishes

German Potato Salad
Our tried and true recipe of sliced potatoes, bacon, onion and cider vinegar is the quintessential German side dish!

French Fries
Hand-cut. Real, good, famous.

As seen on the Food Network! Made with egg, flour and water, these tiny homemade egg noodles have been a staple on our menu for 40-plus years! Served with butter or sauerbraten gravy.

Red Cabbage
This sweet-sour Red Cabbage is the best in the cities! A perfect match to meaty German entrées.

Fried Cabbage
Our crunchy, flavorful fried white cabbage is seasoned with bacon and onion. Made fresh to order!

May we suggest our lightly seasoned, cooked to mild perfection sauerkraut; a great companion to any meal!

Sandwiches and Casseroles

A big, juicy, grilled burger on a homemade bun. Served with lettuce, tomato, mayo and French fries.

Reuben Sandwich
Best Reuben in town! A big sandwich of corned beef, swiss cheese, & sauerkraut on our own deli rye bread with fries. Served with handmade Thousand Island dressing on the side.

Rachel Sandwich
New to the menu, but an old favorite! Made with turkey for a lighter version of the Reuben. Enjoy with french fries. Served with handmade Thousand Island dressing on the side.

Veggie Burger
Made from our own recipe, served with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a homemade bun with French fries.

Alsation Sauerkraut Casserole
A hearty combination of potato, onion, smoked sausage and sauerkraut. Served with a Brötchen.

Spaetzel & Cheese Casserole
A comforting meal of noodles and three cheeses. Served with a Brötchen.
Spaetzel, Cheese & Vegetable Casserole$12.00

Deutschburger Casserole
Deutschburger is made with ground beef, onions and mushroom sauce served over spaetzel, rice or mashed potatoes and topped with mozzarella cheese. Served with a Brötchen.

Fish & Chips
Chunks of cod are breaded & fried to order. Served with malt vinegar and homemade tartar sauce. Our fries can't be beat!

German-European Dinners

All dinners served with one of our handmade hard roll (broetchen).
Vegetables and salad are available separately. Please ask your server!


Bratwurst Dinner
Our top seller, year in and year out! Erich makes our bratwurst from scratch, as he has for 45 years. Enjoy, with deli rye bread, Black Forest German potato salad, our mild sauerkraut and homemade mustard.
Two Links$13.25
Two links of Bratwurst with bread only$9.50

Sausage Sampler
One each of bratwurst, chicken sausage and Polish sausage plus homemade mustard, rye bread and a small scoop of potato salad.

Black Forest Inn Hausplatte
Looking for a combo plate? This is it! A generous sampling of Rippchen, bratwurst, polish sausage, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and potato salad. Served with a fresh-baked pretzel and homemade mustard.

Very German

Kasseler Rippchen
Looking for a dairy-free option? This delicious boiled, smoked pork chop is served with a seasonal sauce (on the side), German potato salad and our mild sauerkraut.

Hasenpfeffer (as available)
Where else will you find this? Traditional German-style locally raised rabbit braised in a piquant, sweet-sour sauce. Served with spaetzel and red cabbage.

One of our specialties. We marinate beef tenderloin for several days in a vinegar brine, then it is roasted, sliced and served in its own characteristic gravy with spaetzel and red cabbage.

Nieren (as available)
For both traditionalists and adventurers. Veal kidney pieces sautéed with a dash of balsamic vinegar and served in a sour cream brown sauce with spaetzel and red cabbage.


Wiener Schnitzel
Our most popular dinner item, this classic German meal is a tender slice of locally sourced veal, pork, or turkey, breaded and pan fried. Served with a tossed green salad.
Organic Veal one slice$17.25 two slices$24.25
Pork one slice$12.25 two slices$17.25
Turkey one slice$14.00 two slices$19.75

Veal JÄger Schnitzel
This hearty "hunter's style" meal includes a thick slice of local organic veal, lightly floured and sautéed with mushrooms and served in a creamy brown gravy with spaetzel and red cabbage.

Pork Paprika Schnitzel
A lean slice of pork served in a bacon, onion, sour cream and paprika sauce. Served with spaetzel and red cabbage.
one slice$13.75 two slices$18.95

Veal Geschnitzeltes
This meal is a great introduction to veal: small lean strips of local, organic veal, quickly sautéed and served in a creamy brown sauce with spaetzel and red cabbage.

Traditional German & European

Braised Pork Shank
We take the time to make this right! This large shank is served with mashed potatoes and a brown gravy. Meat and potato lover's food.

Gebratene Leber
Maybe this is old-fashioned but some things can't be improved! Pan fried organic beef liver and onions. Served with French fries.
one slice$11.75 two slices$18.00

Hungarian Goulash
This meal has a cult following! Paprika (that's the Hungarian part) spiced stew with beef, tomatoes, onions and peppers served with spaetzel. Not too spicy!

A truly satisfying European specialty. Beef tenderloin is sautéed with mushrooms and onions, and served in a sour cream-brown gravy. Served with spaetzel and red cabbage.

Daily Specials


KÖnigsberger Klops
Tasty, spiced meatball in a white caper sauce served with spaetzel.
one meatball$9.95 two meatballs$14.75

Alsation Sauerkraut Casserole
Slices of potato and smoked sausage in sauerkraut.


Kalbshaxe BÜrgerlich
Large, tender veal shank smothered in vegetables and gravy.

Ribs and Kraut
Spareribs and sauerkraut, just like Mutti used to make.


Beef Rouladen
A classic beef roll with bacon, carrot, pickle and mustard, served in brown gravy with our own spaetzel noodles and red cabbage. Order before we sell out!
Two rolls$24.00

Veal Cordon Bleu
Tender slices of breaded veal wrapped around ham and Swiss cheese and gently sauteed to order. Served with a tossed green salad.


Cabbage Rolls
A leaf of green cabbage wraps itself around a flavorful meat filling. Served with real mashed potatoes. $9.95
Two rolls$14.75

Roast Pork
Marinated and roasted to tender perfection, topped with its own gravy and served with our famous apple dressing and red cabbage.


Black Forest Torte
Our version of Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte is four layers of chocolate cake with cream cheese filling & kirsch-flavored cherries between the layers, topped with fresh whipped cream.

Sacher Torte
Gluten FreeThis very rich, dark chocolate torte is made in the tradition of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna & its conditors (pastry chefs). In addition to the rich chocolate, flourless cake, it features apricot glaze and a shiny chocolate ganache covering.

Hazelnut Torte
Gluten FreeA unique and delicious dessert! This airy hazelnut cake is layered with raspberry preserves and frosted with chocolate buttercream.

CrÈme BrulÉe
Gluten FreeA classic dessert with rich flavor & contrasting textures! Creamy vanilla custard topped with a crunchy crust of melted sugar.

Apple Strudel
Our best-selling dessert! Sugared & spiced fresh apples, raisins, & sliced almonds are rolled in a crisp, handmade flaky strudel dough. Served with fresh Pride of Main Street whipped cream. A Black Forest Inn tradition.

Carrot Cake
Rich, dense, spicy and filled with carrots, raisins, nuts-this cake fills the entire food group pyramid. It is filled and iced with cream cheese-butter cream icing.

Devil's Food Cake
Moist, dark and rich devils food with a buttery cream frosting, this cake was known as wedding cake for years after it was served at the wedding of two Black Forest employees.

Many of our ingredients come from local, family run businesses including: organic veal delivered
fresh from Meadow’s Pride dairy farm in New Prague; turkey from Ferndale Farms; rabbit
from the Hoppin’ Fresh Farm; Hope Creamery butter; Pride of Main Street Dairy whole
milk & organic heavy cream; Fischer Farms pork; and seasonal produce from Turnip Rock
farm, Ames Farm, Fireside Orchards and the Southeast Minnesota Food Network.

All prices subject to applicable sales and liquor taxes