What To Order At King’s BierHaus In The Heights
Heights-area residents might be dancing a collective jig (there’s a visual for you) now that the 9,000-square-foot King’s BierHaus (2044 E. T.C. Jester, 281-990-3042) has opened near White Oak Bayou and Ella Boulevard. Owners Hans and Philipp Sitter say they sought to deliver a fun-spirited, all-encompassing environment for enjoying their traditional German food and drink, along with a variety of menu items, cocktails and spirits to appeal to modern American tastes. “It’s so important that our guests feel like they are in a completely different place, that they realize this as soon as they enter from our decorations, the German music and how we are dressed — in lederhosen and dirndls,” said the jubilant Hans Sitter.
The more-colorful-than-life bierhaus and garden feels like a German beer drinkers wunderland. A whimsical mural featuring celebrities and local faces alike greets guests in the entryway and signals the quirky sentimentally of the King’s experience, while German music transports patrons out of Houston and into a magical place. Giant sunflowers, the national flower of Austria, provide bright yellow flower power along almost every foot of the garden’s fences.
The restaurant serves up authentic German fare and an extensive array of German beers, plus American-style appetizers, salads and burgers. Get acclimated to the menu with the creamy Liptauer spread (made with cream cheese, dill pickles, paprika and onion) and an assortment of sausages, or chow down on the approachable American Sampler, which includes fried pickles, pretzel bites, sliced sausages and sauces.
Beer geeks will gravitate towards the tap wall, currently outfitted with taps dedicated to 18 German, four German Monastery, six local and two central European beers. Need a break from beer? Try the well-conceived house cocktails, such as the Dill Gimlet and the King’s Old Fashioned, compete with a dash of Underberg.
Too fancy? Keep it simple with a sangria or margarita. Wine drinkers can choose from a selection of standard American wines or opt for the special list of German and Austrian wines. Or, explore the schnapps and sprits list! Prost!
Philipp emphasizes the variety of seating offered – a quiet area with no TVs, large community tables, bar seating, outdoor picnic tables, swings and more. “We are a paradox, because we are a German restaurant, yet we offer a lot of variety, including the menu, which features burgers and salads and many things not offered at our original location in Pearland,” he said.
The upshot is that King’s BierHaus offers great German fare and a remarkable selection of German beers, including world-renowned Weinstephaner Vitus. Parking is available onsite. Families are welcome—even Fido: leashed dogs are allowed in the beirgarten area.