A Beer Garden in the Central Plains
The Central Plains of the United States aren’t necessarily known for having a rich German culture. In fact, when you think of Oklahoma you likely think of cowboy and Native American culture instead. But just outside of Oklahoma City is a small, family-owned restaurant and beer garden as authentic as anything you’ll find in southern Germany: Royal Bavaria.
Royal Bavaria rivals any German restaurant you’ll find in the United States. The owner is from Munich and has a degree in culinary art. His menu includes a wide variety of schnitzel, sausage, steak and even vegetarian dishes. In fact, we’ve never had anything at Royal Bavaria that we didn’t love. The food is absolutely fabulous!
We have spent a good amount of time at Royal Bavaria lately. We are currently preparing for an upcoming trip to the region of Germany that gives the restaurant its name. My husband is also learning German, so the restaurant gives him a place to practice the language. (Although, everyone speaks English there.)
Atmosphere at Royal Bavaria
One of my favorite things about Royal Bavaria (besides the food) is the atmosphere. Walk inside and you will feel like you are having a cozy, home-cooked meal at your grandmother’s house.. that is, if your grandmother is German and can make a killer schnitzel mit kartiffelbrei.
The summer months are the best time to visit Royal Bavaria because the biergarten is open. The biergarten is open from late May through the warm weather months.
The biergarten is just like the ones you would find in Germany. It has picnic tables, live music, and craft beer brewed right at the restaurant. Although the beer is flowing, the Royal Bavaria Biergarten is very family friendly. Kids are definitely welcome, and there is even a small play area where little ones can run about.
On Thursday and Friday nights, Royal Bavaria has a live band in the biergarten, which is usually a bunch of old guys playing some really awesome folk music. You can spend hours there eating, talking, and enjoying the atmosphere.
What to order at Royal Bavaria
We typically get the sausage sampler for an appetizer. (Not the sausage pictured above. That’s an actual dinner.) The sausage sampler is enough to share with three or four people and comes with a generous helping of sauerkraut. My husband usually gets the Schnitzel “Berliner Art” mit kartoffelbrei (pictured below), which is basically schnitzel topped with sautéed apples and onions served alongside a pile of mashed potatoes.
The schnitzel “Holsteiner Art” is also fantastic… It’s topped with a fried egg and Swiss cheese and is also served with potatoes.
Vegetarians will love the vegetable strudel. It’s actually one of my favorites, and I’m not even a vegetarian. After all that food and a beer or two, I still always try to order dessert. I am a huge dessert person and the topfenstrudl mit vanille-sauce is “lick your plate” good.
Royal Bavaria is located in Moore, Oklahoma, on Sooner Road between SE149th and SE 34th. It’s a little out of the way if you are staying in downtown OKC, but it is well worth it. (Royal Bavaria is approximately a 30 minute drive south of downtown OKC and about a 10 minute drive north of Norman.) Go! You won’t regret it!