An Afternoon in Germantown
Forget the white tablecloths! This summer, picnic tables and beer steins are so much more fun. In Germantown, just north of the Tennessee State Capitol and south of the Cumberland River, you’ll find restored Victorian architecture, brick sidewalks, and charm galore. That’s not to say you can’t get a bit rowdy: some of the area’s best restaurants are perfect for group celebrations.
Von Elrod’s offers 36 beers on tap (no need to try them all in one sitting!), plus some fabulous house shandies—serrano-cilantro-limeade, salt-rimmed with Model Especial, anyone? Housemade sausages and pretzels give patrons real sustenance, and even vegans will be happy: the lentil-curry vegan sausage, featuring cashew vegenaise and broccoli and sriracha slaw, is plenty filling. At , order the beer cheese and pickles and get your fill of savory, vinegary goodness. Other German classics, such as a roast pork leg, beef goulash, and—of course—sausage abound. Leave room for Bavarian custard for dessert. At , head to happy hour (4-6pm, Sunday-Thursday) for queso, loin back rib nachos, and an awesome margarita. A long list of custom and exclusive European brews on tap may make for some tough decisions—and return visits.