Is Old Germany Restaurant worth the roughly half-hour drive to Choctaw? Only if you want authentic German food from classic Old World recipes, friendly service and a wide selection of German beer. Run by the Turek family, Old Germany stays true to its name.
Old Germany is one of few major businesses along SE 29th street near Choctaw Road, but be patient, and keep driving. The menu is filled with traditional German dishes, such as schnitzel, sausage and a variety of German-style potatoes.
Its specialty is the schnitzel with mushrooms in cream sauce: a boneless pork loin or skinless chicken breast, seasoned, grilled or breaded and pan-fried then smothered with mushrooms in cream sauce. It's the favorite of both manager Mike Turek and his sister, Jutta Wolff, Old Germany's chef.
But there also is the smoked bratwurst on a pick-two sausage plate with red cabbage.
Desserts are not German. Alas — there wasn't any German chocolate cake! However, there are tortes, carrot cake, cheesecake and other sweets from La Baguette.
The Tureks brought several German traditions with them from Germany when they opened Old Germany. One is the soccer field next to the restaurant — Mike explains that many pubs in Germany have soccer fields next door — and another is Oktoberfest.
The week right after Labor Day, Old Germany sponsors their own massive four-day Oktoberfest, which they started in 1991 on the restaurant grounds.
Now it is held in conjunction with the City of Choctaw on a covered pavilion in the city park.
About 50,000 people came to last year's Oktoberfest, said Mike Turek. Chef Wolff made 6,000 pounds of potato salad and 3,000 pounds of sausages.
"And (we served) numerous kegs of beer, of course," Turek added.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Closed on Sunday and Monday