Chris's Short Take: Wolff's Biergarten Brunch Falls Short
Over the years I’ve seen hundreds of jersey-wearing families and rabid soccer fans descend on Wolff’s Biergarten for weekend brunch and the sharing of a soccer match with family and friends. The first time my wife and I went to be part of that scene, she walked through the front door and every eye appeared to be on her as hundreds burst into wild cheering and applause. She was elated… but on the television over her head, Manchester United had just scored.
Back then Chef Jeff Ruff was serving up a Teutonic mix of brunch offerings that had his German roots shining through. That was some damned good breakfast. That’s why I was so surprised and disappointed in brunch there recently. Chef Ruff is gone and has been gone for some time now, and it shows.
The emphasis on food has dwindled there. It is a bar, the beer menu alone sets the place near the top of the list locally if not regionally on that count, but the brunch has slipped severely.
Above you see the “Wurst Breakfast”, offered at $13.00 as seen above. Cold greasy sausages with burnt potato pancakes and… those eggs. Enough said where that’s concerned.
I don’t like being the bearer of sad tidings anymore than anyone else, and it’s sad to see an old favorite fall short, but it’s late in the game guys, we’re into added time, and you need to score.
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