Restaurant Review - Schnitzel Platz

Schnitzel Platz

729 North Avenue, Glendale Heights, Illinois, United States  

Overall: 96%

  • Appetizers
  • Schnitzels
  • Specialties
  • Soups and Sides
  • Steaks and Fish
  • Desserts
Draft Beer:
  • Spaten Lager
  • Weihenstephan Hefe Weiss
  • Weihenstephan Dark Weiss
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Hofbräu Oktoberfest (Seasonal)
Bottled Beer:
  • Becks
  • Becks Dark
  • Becks Dark
  • Weihenstephan Festbier
  • Weihenstephan Kristall
  • Korbinian
  • Franziskaner
  • Gösser
  • Hofbräu
  • Hofbräu Weiss
  • Wurzburger Hofbräu
  • Warsteiner Pils
  • Wartsteiner Dark
  • Dinkel Acker
  • Löwenbräu
  • Radeberger
  • Spaten
  • Spaten Oktoberfest (Seasonal)

Live Entertainment:
Thursday - Sunday

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On Friday, August 9th I had the pleasure of sitting down and having dinner at the Schnitzel Platz and even got to spend time talking with some of their staff, including their head chef. The Schnitzel Platz is located off North Ave. in Glendale Heights, just a few minutes west of Interstate 355. It is easily accessible and instantly recognizable with its Bavarian look and feel, flag pole with the German and American flags as well as a beer wagon carting Hofbräu beer barrels.

Once inside you will be quickly greeted by their friendly staff. In the front walkway you will have a view of the restaurant as well as the bar. Bavarian flair is abundant inside with many decorations throughout the restaurant. I started off the night with a Maβ of Spaten lager. I sat down with Diethard, the owner’s son, to discuss the upcoming Glendale Heights Oktoberfest. As I wrote in my review from last year, the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is one of the best Oktoberfest events in the Chicagoland area. There were a few things missing from last year and after our discussion it sounds like they should be resolved. I am truly looking forward to this event but I won’t go into details. I will be sure to write up a full review after attending.

We started out with a couple appetizers, a hot Bavarian pretzel with obatzda as well as sauerkraut balls which are breaded sauerkraut and pork which are formed then deep fried. They are served with honey mustard and they are absolutely delicious. I was skeptical at first but I really enjoyed them. According to Diethard, they are the restaurant’s second most popular appetizer and closing in on the potato pancakes (which I have had before and they are delicious as well). Along with the appetizers, we had a Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weiss beer which will be a new addition to the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest. At only 1.2% it is very similar to a radler but it is very enjoyable. It will be a good beer choice for those who don’t want to partake in Oktoberfest beers or a regular Weiss beer.

For dinner I had the Thüringer sausage plate with German potato salad and a dumpling. You might be asking, at a restaurant called the Schnitzel Platz, why didn’t you have the schnitzel? My answer, I have had it before during the restaurant’s Oktoberfest last year and I forgot to write about it. The dinner was scrumptious as well. The sausage was perfectly cooked and very juicy with great flavors. The dumpling and potato salad were perfect compliments to the dish. While sitting down for dinner I was able to talk to Head Chef Wolfgang. He was a delight to talk to and a man who prides himself on only delivering the best. It was a pleasure to hear all of his stories including the inception of the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest. While last year was the inaugural year, his plans are to make it the best Oktoberfest in the area offering all of the qualities you would expect from the tents in Munich.

To accompany the great food and atmosphere, on the Thursday through Sunday they offer live music. On this evening, the duo Bob and Hank serenaded the crowd with classic oompah music as well as other German and American songs. They were a delight to listen to and I even stayed an extra 20 minutes to keep listening to the music. During that time, Diethard tried to offer me dessert but my stomach was already full. It was unfortunate because they had a vast array of desserts. It was also unfortunate that throughout dinner I didn’t take a single picture of the food because I was too caught up in conversation.

It isn’t a big worry because the Schnitzel Platz is a place I will be dining at many more times in the future. Chef Wolfgang offers continuously changing daily specials so there is always something new to try in addition to the large selection on their menu and if you have any questions on what to order, their friendly, knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you in making a decision. Also, don’t be surprised to see Chef Wolfgang walking around the dining room. He enjoys talking to his guests and making sure you enjoy your meal. I look forward to coming to their in-house Oktoberfest soon and writing up another article shortly.

Reviewed By: Scott Rzepka