Herzlich Willkommen


Courtesy of Grunaüer KC

Today I’m talking about an Austro-German restaurant in Kansas City for two main reasons. Even though I was born in South America, I had the interesting experience of moving to a peculiar town in the high jungle called Oxapampa , first populated by the indigenous Yaneshas and later with Austrian immigrants from Tirol and German immigrants from Rheinland.  This cultural mash-up created a special kind of town in the middle of Peru which has sparked my curiosity ever since.  In addition, I just so happened to meet the manager of this restaurant, who was kind enough to invite me there.  I love food and I love variety, so it was the perfect excuse to visit.

The name of this restaurant is Graüner, located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, in what was once a freight house building  in the late 1800s.  The architecture of this location gives off vibes of days long passed, but the place is vibrant when it comes to food. We started off our feast with the keine schlachtplatte as an appetizer, which is a sausage served with sauerkraut.  Then we tried the Hungarian beef, which is slow cooked and served with spätzle, a type of egg noddle.  We also tried the schweinebraten, a huge portion of pork loin served with red cabbage and bread dumplings.

I have to say we were more than happy with our choices.  Neither of us were fond of Austrian or German cuisine, nor did we have much experience with either one.  But we realized that sometimes simple ingredients and flavor are the best things if they are prepared correctly.  After all, it’s certainly not the first time  preconceptions about food and culture have kept some away before having the chance to try something new an delicious. So if you have the opportunity to experience a different cuisine that’s unfamiliar or filled with unusual ingredients,  go ahead and take a chance.  You might find yourself in a better place, and not just because of the food.  You might also open yourself up to gaining a new perspective not only about culture, but about life in general as well…

If you’d like to check out more of this interesting restaurant, click on the link for the official website: www.grunauerkc.com


Schweinebraten. Courtesy of Grunaüer KC

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