Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis MN


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Small Bites

Three pieces of Pickled Herring
With pickle & onion. $4.00

Deep Fried Spätzel
Crunchy and tasty! $4.00

Potato Pancake Chips
Served with applesauce and sour cream. $4.00

Pretzel with Obatzta (spicy cheese spread)
Also served with homemade mustard. $3.00

Ask your server about seasonal small bites!


Lentil & Spätzel Salad
Lentils and cold spätzel, with parsley and field greens, are tossed in a refreshingly tart lemon-olive oil dressing. $9.25

Wurst Salad
A meal's worth of salad! Slices of homemade sausage loaf, with onions and pickles, are tossed in vinaigrette and served on a bed of field greens. $12.75

Tossed Salad with Dressing
A blend of fresh field greens served with your choice of homemade dressing: Vinaigrette, Creamy Herb, Bleu Cheese and Thousand Island. $6.75

Herring Salad with Toast
Wine-pickled herring is a centuries-old German favorite. Served with dill pickles and onions on a bed of lettuce. $13.75


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. $10.00

Liver PatÉ
A rich, delicious, liver paté made with herbs and brandy. Garnished and served with rye bread.
large:$14.50 small:$9.50

SautÉed Mushrooms
Sliced mushrooms are sautéed with garlic and a little wine. $9.75

Ham and Sauerkraut Balls
A best-selling appetizer for many years, this blend of ham, cheese and sauerkraut is breaded and fried. Served with homemade mustard.
each:$2.50 three (3):$7.00

Onion Rings
You won't believe your eyes when you see these huge, perfectly browned onion rings! $9.00

Potato Pancake
Comfort food! Grated potatoes are mixed with onion & parsley in our recipe. Served with applesauce and sour cream.
one:$5.00 two:$8.75

German-European Dinners


Bratwurst Dinner
Chicken Curry Sausage Dinner
Our excellent handmade bratwurst, or our lightly spicy handmade Chicken Curry Sausages; two links served with hot German potato salad, carefully seasoned sauerkraut and fresh, homemade rye bread. Don't forget the homemade mustard or the homemade curry ketchup! Polish sausage also available. $16.00
Two links with bread only$11.50

Sausage Sampler
One each of bratwurst, chicken curry sausage and Polish sausage plus homemade mustard, rye bread and a small scoop of potato salad. $16.00

Black Forest Inn Hausplatte
A generous sampling of red cabbage, sauerkraut and German potato salad accompanies rippchen, bratwurst and a Polish sausage. Served with a fresh-baked pretzel and homemade mustard. $28.00

Very German

Traditional German-style dish made from locally raised rabbit. We braise it in a flavorful brown sauce and serve it with spätzel and red cabbage.
as available:$25.25

One of our specialties and a best seller. We marinate beef tenderloin for several days in a spice and vinegar brine, then roast, slice, and serve in its own characteristic gravy, accompanied by spätzel and red cabbage. $22.50

Where else will you find this? Veal kidney pieces are sautéed with a dash of balsamic vinegar and served in a sour cream brown sauce, with spätzel and red cabbage. For both traditionalists and adventurers.
as available:$19.50

Kasseler Rippchen
Looking for a dairy-free option? This delicious boiled, smoked pork chop is served with German potato salad and our mild sauerkraut. Skip the accompanying brötchen to make it gluten free! $21.00


Wiener Schnitzel
Our most popular dinner item, this classic German meal is a tender slice of locally sourced veal or pork, which is then breaded and pan fried. Served with a small green salad.
Organic Veal one slice: $21.00 two slices: $28.00
Pork one slice: $15.25 two slices: $21.00

Veal JÄger Schnitzel
This hearty "hunter's style" meal includes a thick slice of local, organic veal, lightly floured and sautéed with mushrooms. Served in its own creamy brown gravy, with spätzel and red cabbage. $28.00

Pork Paprika Schnitzel
A lean slice of pork served in a bacon, onion, sour cream and paprika sauce. Served with spätzel and red cabbage.
one slice: $16.50 two slices: $23.00

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 spätzel and red cabbage. $25.25

Traditional German & European

Braised Pork Shank
We take the time to make this right! This impressive shank is served with mashed potatoes and a brown gravy. Meat & potato lovers food! $17.00

Gebratene Leber
Also known as Liver and Onions – a classic and for good reason. Pan fried liver is smothered in onions and served with French fries.
one slice: $15.00 two slices: $22.00

Hungarian Goulash
This meal has a cult following! Paprika (that's the Hungarian part) spiced stew with beef, tomatoes, onions and peppers, served with spätzel. $18.25

A truly satisfying European specialty. Beef tenderloin is sautéed with mushrooms and onions, and served in a sour cream-fortified brown gravy. Served with spätzel and red cabbage.$25.50

Daily Specials


KÖnigsberger Klops
Tasty, spiced meatball (about the size of a tennis ball) in a white caper sauce. Served with spätzel and red cabbage.
one meatball$13.25 two meatballs$19.00


Kalbshaxe BÜrgerlich
A very large, tender veal shank smothered in vegetables and gravy. Served with spätzel. $22.00

Ribs and Kraut
Pork spareribs and sauerkraut, just like Mutti used to make. $18.00


Beef Rouladen
A classic beef roll with bacon, carrot, pickle and mustard inside. Braised and served with brown gravy and accompanied by spätzel and red cabbage. Order before we sell out! $18.75
Two rolls: $28.00

Veal Cordon Bleu
Tender slices of veal are wrapped about ham and Swiss cheese, then breaded and gently sautéed to order. Served with a small green salad. $28.00


Cabbage Rolls
A leaf of green cabbage is wrapped around a flavorful meat filling. The roll is steamed and served with brown gravy and mashed potatoes. It's a classic! $13.25
Two rolls:$19.00

Roast Pork
Marinated and roasted to tender perfection, topped with its own gravy and served with our famous apple dressing and red cabbage. A Sunday favorite for decades. $20.50

Sandwiches and Casseroles

Hamburger $10.50
Cheeseburger (Swiss or Cheddar) $11.00
Our specially seasoned hamburger is served with lettuce, tomato and onion. Accompanied by our great hand-cut French fries.

Reuben Sandwich
The Best Reuben in town! A big sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese & sauerkraut on our own deli rye bread; served with French fries. Handmade Thousand Island dressing comes on the side.
half:$10.00 whole:$15.75

Sauerbraten Sliders
Small but mighty! Pieces of sauerbraten meat are piled on buns and topped with red cabbage slaw. Served with French fries.
one slider:$9.00 two sliders:$13.25

Alsation Sauerkraut Casserole
A hearty combination of potato, onion, smoked sausage and sauerkraut. Served with a Brötchen.
small:$9.00 large:$13.25

Deutschburger Casserole
Deutschburger is made with ground beef, onions, and mushroom sauce. It is served over spätzel or mashed potatoes, and topped with mozzarella cheese. Served with a Brötchen.
small:$10.00 large:$15.00

Fish & Chips
Chunks of cod are breaded & fried to order. Served with malt vinegar and homemade tartar sauce. And, of course, French fries. $13.00


Veggie Burger
Made from our own recipe, it’s a savory blend of beans, grains, mushrooms and vegetables. Served with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a homemade bun with French fries. $11.00

Check out our Specials Page for the Seasonal Meatless Meal.

Spätzel & Cheese Casserole
A comforting meal of noodles and three cheeses. Served with a Brötchen.
small:$8.00 large:$12.00

Spätzel, Cheese & Vegetable Casserole
small:$9.00 large:$14.00

Side Dishes

German Potato Salad
Our tried and true recipe of sliced potatoes, bacon, onion and cider vinegar is the quintessential German side dish! $6.50

French Fries
Hand-cut. Real. Good. Famous! $6.50

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 50-plus years! Served with butter or sauerbraten gravy. $6.50

Red Cabbage
This sweet-sour red cabbage dish is the best in the cities! A perfect match to meaty German entrées. $6.50

Fried Cabbage
Our crunchy, flavorful fried white (green) cabbage is seasoned with bacon and onion. Made fresh to order! $6.50

May we suggest our lightly seasoned, cooked to mild perfection sauerkraut; a great companion to any meal! $6.50


Black Forest Torte
Our version of Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte is four layers of chocolate cake with cream cheese filling & kirsch-spiked cherries between the layers. It is topped with fresh whipped cream. $8.00

Sacher Torte
Gluten Free This 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 an apricot glaze and a shiny chocolate ganache covering. $8.00

Apple Strudel
Our best-selling dessert! Sugared & spiced fresh apple slices, raisins and sliced almonds are rolled in a handmade, flaky pastry dough. Baked until crisp on the outside, slices are served with fresh whipped cream. A Black Forest Inn tradition. $8.00

Hazelnut Torte
Gluten Free A unique and delicious dessert! This airy hazelnut cake is layered with raspberry preserves and frosted with chocolate buttercream. $8.00