Boulevard Haus - German food in downtown Dayton (Oregon District)
Located at the former "Cafe Boulevard" location, Boulevard Haus now focuses almost exclusively on German foods, though there are just a few holdovers from their original menu.
My wife ordered the Chicken Riesling for $19, while I got the Bavarian Sampler for $22. The Bavarian Sampler includes "Tender shortribs, currywurst, grilled bratwurst, wiener schnitzel, red cabbage, sauerkraut, spatzle" and mustard sauces for dipping. Bread and an excellent creamy butter were brought out to our table within a couple of minutes of placing our order. I have to say that the "pretzel bread" is excellent. I probably could have filled up on that alone.
The currywurst is a large sausage, cut up into small sections, with a sweet, tomato based sauce that has a very small amount of curry in it. It was not hot at all, and overall had a sweet taste. The shortribs was really one massive rib and chunk of meat. While it was adequate, it was also a mite overcooked. I think that the rib could benefit from marinating, to both enhance the flavor and internal moisture during cooking. Thankfully, this was only a detraction because it was so-so, while the rest of the meal was magnificent.
The grilled bratwurst was very good, and I especially enjoyed chunks dipped in the sweet mustard dipping sauce that was provided. The weiner schnitzel was also tasty, mild and flaky, and I enjoyed some of the more robust mustard sauce with it. The red cabbage was, as expected, mild and sweet. Often I find sauerkraut too bitter for my tastes, and I find myself drawn to the sweeter "bavarian" variety. While not as sweet as the bavarian style, Boulevard Haus's kraut was mild, and I surprised myself by finishing most of it. The spatzle was something new to me, a delightful tiny flattened ball of pasta with a hint of oil and herbs, which reminded me somewhat of pierogies.
18% tip is automatically added to the bill, so if you prefer to tip in cash, you will
need to tell them so before they bring the check.
address: 329 E. Fifth Street, Dayton (North side of street)
telephone: (937) 824-2722
website: www.boulevardhaus.com - with downloadable menu
this is an excerpt of a more detailed review posted Jan. 2, 2010 at www.daytondining.com
Hello everyone, this is Eva from Boulevard Haus,
we do not add an 18% gratuity automatically to all checks, we add just like most restaurants do in the industry to larger parties of 6 or more. Also, the above review is not reflective of our normal menu, it was the New Years Eve menu. Your average meal at Boulevard Haus is about $11, come in and try our Pretzel Burger and fries for $9.50 and for dessert, the large Peanut butter cream puff for $5 (only available on Fri & Sat)
and yes the recipe for the spaetzle for Boulevard Haus is similar. Thank you, and hope to see all of you soon!
PS. see the menu at www.boulevardhaus.com
re: Eva Christian
I can only report on what my experience at the restaurant was. The menu that I used specifically mentioned an 18% gratuity being added, and nothing about party size. The gratuity was added to my check, and only my wife and I were eating there. I have to assume that we were the norm, rather than the exception - especially since this is exactly what the menu said would happen.
Tell us more about the spaetzel....usually, I make it with flour, egg, milk, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper, and then push the batter through a colander into boiling water or stock, then toss with butter and parsley when it's cooked. It looks like free form little tiny dumplings when done. Is that what you had? We've needed a good German place around here; Amber Rose is good, but more Eastern European than German....
re: Niki in Dayton
Yes, the 18% seemed to be automatic. I prefer to tip with cash, but I guess some folks would rather it just be added on to the total. Regarding the spaetzel, they were perhaps a quarter inch in width, and maybe a little more than 1/8" thick. There was a hint of olive oil and herbs, but I don't think they had any sort of filling. Very mild but good, and I finished them all.
18% regardless of party size? I don't recall Cafe Boulevard being like that.
I don't think any Dayton restauranteur sparks as much controversey as the owner of this place. It seems like she offers something uniqut to use between this place and her other restaurant, Cena.Given what she has to offer I hope everything turns around for her. Thanks for the review, I'll have to try it.