Great meal at Knoll's Black Forest!
- Richard Foss
My brother and I took our parents to Knoll's Black Forest Inn on Wilshire for German food and we were utterly happy with the place - the food and service were top-notch. Mrs. Knoll was very helpful with reccommendations, advising us on obscure items and really taking time to make sure we were happy with our selections. For my money the best item was the venison, which was meltingly tender but still quite flavorful. (The meal pricing is odd - the venison was only a dollar or two more than the smoked pork shank, an item which you can get anywhere Tyrolean hats are regarded as evening wear.) Knoll's is somewhat expensive (most entrees in the $20-$30 range), but there are some actual bargains on the wine list. We chose a Tre Gelt that the owner said was a favorite with employees of the Austrian Consulate, and it was one of the better $20.00 bottles of wine I have had at a restaurant lately.
On our way out Mr. Knoll came out of the kitchen and chatted with our party, letting us know where to buy sausages and other items from local producers and making everyone feel really welcome. I really appreciated that gesture, especially after reading some of the posts on this board regarding arrogant or downright rude restaurant owners. Graciousness costs the hosts nothing but a bit of time, but it sure makes customers want to come back...
Glad you liked it, Richard. As I said, that is probably the best German Restaurant in L.A., even though it can be a bit pricey.
I love Knolls. They have a lovely patio out back that is just the thing for lunch on a nice spring day. Sitting back there under the trees, you'd never know you were in Santa Monica.