Yup, that's a bowl of fat—specifically, chicken and pork—crowned with a particularly crackly crackin'. Spread it on the hearty seeded rye and load on the tangy pickled onions and cukes.
Giant Haus Bretzel ($7)
It's not easy to come by a great fresh-baked pretzel. This one arrives warm, with a fluffy but chewy crumb; a rich, dark (but not bitter) crust; and a ramekin of creamy horseradish mustard. The size makes it a great first bite for sharing.
These potato-horseradish pancakes are well-bronzed, but far more delicate than most versions. Silky pear purée replaces the usual applesauce.
Thuringia Pickled Eggs ($5)
If you like really pickle-y pickled eggs, these are for you. Between the brine and the Dijon, these are on the sharp side.
A must-order: gorgeously chewy hand-cut noodles that get their blush from (as the names suggests) blood. A silky pork belly ragu, creamy delicata squash pieces, and a minty-dill-y herb purée are in tow.
Giant Haxe ($30)
Holy cow. Or pig, rather. This is a two-pound, skin-on, beer-braised pork shank that falls into silky hunks if you even point a fork at it. Roasted potatoes, caramelized apples, sauerkraut, and great mustard complete the package. Enough for at least a pair of serious eaters.
I could eat this dish every day: deeply browned pasta nuggets dressed up with roasted baby brussels sprouts, chard, and rich Comté.
Mini Wurst Plate ($12)
There's nothing mini about this serving—frankly, it's a steal for the price. A pair of sausages, a smooth veal-pork bratwurst, and a coarse-but-light-textured slab of bierwurst spiced up with paprika, grilled bread, roasted potatoes, sauerkraut, and two types of mustard.
A lemony, not-too-sweet cake with apples two ways—grated and thin-sliced—currants, and tangy crème fraîche.