Pretzels, Schnitzel and Beer Steins in San Mateo

Yes, San Mateo. Totally Worth It, Though.

By Joe Starkey ·
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You've been looking for something.

You don't quite know what it is yet, but ideally it would have large-format pretzels, bacon fries and just a whole mess of beers. 

Oh, here comes a two-story German beer hall from a renowned cookbook author. Imagine that.

Welcome to Wursthall, the San Mateo respite you so desperately deserve, whether you're commuting through or randomly hopping on the BART in search of all that stuff we mentioned up there. It opens Monday, and here it is in pictures.

You and another abenteurer (that's German for adventurer, of course) will walk into this bright, open space and immediately face two options: do you sit downstairs for beer, wine and cocktails or do you sit upstairs for all of the above plus a full food menu?

Obvious choice made, you'll swan dive into the menu and make some more difficult choices. Namely between things like the chicken schnitzel sandwich with sauerkraut brine and the chef's selection of six sausages, aptly named the Sausage Party.

And because no self-respecting German beer hall would be complete without a frothy beverage, you would do well to summon a stein of Helles Lager or a tulip of Dubbel Dark Ale. Or, hell, a gin sour.

Ours is not to judge.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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