|Oktoberfest deliciousness at Cooks County|
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Now that owner and Terminator and Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it's time to party. Or at least Oktoberfest is a reason to eat bratwurst and drink beer. From October 5-14, find a special menu of classic sausages served with or without sauerkraut, charcuterie, fries and several seasonal brews at the Pasadena restaurant.
This German newcomer always has lots of sausages and other German specialties on the menu - plus a great beer garden - but every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October 20 there is live traditional German music to go with it. And if you miss that, at least hit happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 3-7 PM).
There's always something going on at the Santa Monica restaurant, whether it's in the restaurant, bar or near the pool. On Sunday (Oct. 5), go for a German-themed dinner featuring three pours of beer (Dobbelbock, Hefeweizen and Pilsner), plus a plate of sausages and side dishes like potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels, and dessert. Cost is $25 per person.
Every Monday the Beverly Boulevard restaurant will have a special Oktoberfest-themed menu for $24 per person. There's a lot of house-made sausage and differente breads and pretzels courtesy exec chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat, things like rye pretzels, weinerschnitzel, potato salad and mache with a glass of beer (Oct. 8); oversized Bavarian pretzels with house-made weisswurst (Oct. 15); and sauerbrauten with root vegetables (Oct. 22). Go here for the full menus and dates.
And if you need a real blowout, get your steins to this two-day blowout held at at the Vanguard in Hollywood. It has everything: Food, beer, buxom Bavarian babes, sing-a-longs, strolling accordion players, stein-holding contests, and sausage-eating, tricycle-riding midgets. Sorry, not that last one (our inner Stefon was coming out). Tickets are a whopping $100 for a stein and unlimited pours, or $35 for a stein and one pour. Additional brews and food cost $5 each.