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The Berghoff Is Dead. Long Live The Berghoff!

Posted by Bob Skilnik on June 5, 2007

berghoffcoaster.jpgberghoff-map.jpgI received a telephone call a few weeks ago from Dan Protess of Channel 11, WTTW. Dan’s a producer at the Chicagoland PBS station who works with Geoffrey Baer who’s featured in some great productions that deal with Chicago’s history, broken down into various areas of Chicagoland. We set up a meeting at the Berghoff on Adams in downtown Chicago to film a bit about Germans in Chicago, including the much-fabled Lager Beer Riot of 1855.

OK; before I go any further, I can already hear you saying, “The Berghoff? Didn’t it close awhile back?” If you follow the link to the restaurant and make a cursory look at the home page, you’ll probably see phrases like “…the final month of our operation” and “We thank you for the memories” from former owners Herman, Jan, Peter and Tim Berghoff, and never see the link above the farewell tribute to the newly-named 17 West Chicago.

Well, the bar and restaurant did close for a while, but the bar and some of the adjoining rooms are again wide open and waiting for your return. Apparently the word never got out, or more likely, people have turned a deaf ear to its reopening. As Carlyn Berghoff explained to me, “I’ve done five TV appearances talking about the fact that we’re open, but there was so much reporting of the Berghoff’s closing that no one’s really listening.” Reporting about a 107-year old restaurant makes better copy than running another story about its reopening, I guess.

So here’s the story in a nutshell. The operation is now headed by daughter Carlyn Berghoff, whose specialty is catering events. And while she continues this phase of the Berghoff business, most of the 17 Adams location is still running. In the short time they were closed, the west wall of the bar area was removed to open up the room next door and the floor was replaced with a new one.

So what’s open now? From the website;

The Berghoff Café.  Serving Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., The Berghoff Café is conveniently located in the heart of the Loop at 17/west Adams Street in the lower level of the historic Berghoff building.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hand-carved sandwich, a fresh salad, a Panini, one of our daily specials or other favorites from the Berghoff Café, we know there is something to please everyone at the Café.”

The bar area, now known as “17 West” is also open. From the website;

“We’ve taken the best of the former Berghoff bar and enhanced the environment, décor and created an expanded menu that includes many contemporary dishes that are sure to become future favorites.” And I might add, the corned beef and bratwurst and kraut sandwiches are still served at the bar.

I knew the bar was open, but when I told friends and family I was heading to the Berghoff for an interview, all I heard was, “The Berghoff? Didn’t it close awhile back?” Even one of the TV crew said he had no idea the place was open. The only rooms that are now closed, The Century Room, for instance, are being used for catered events, but I was told by one of the staff that they would reopen all the rooms for the Christmas season.

What’s on the menu?

At the Berghoff Cafe;

Berghoff Classics
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Weiner Schnitzel 12.95
Choice of potato, creamed spinach and a pickle

Sauerbraten 11.50
With thinly sliced beef, sweet and sour gravy and mashed potatoes

plus sandwiches, salads, side dishes and desserts.

At 17 West;

Appetizers
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Lunch:

Alsatian Onion and Apple Soup 
Sweet Onion and Tart Apples in a rich broth topped with welted Muenster Cheese Crouton

Shrimp & Scallop Strudel 
Flaky Strudel dough rolled w/ sauteed shrimp & scallops, granished w/ petite greens & roasted garlic infused tomato coulis

Soup of the Day
Selection varies on daily basis. Please ask your server for details

Mini Brats & Knockwurst
Two mini sausages with Sauerkraut served on two Soft Buns w/Dusseldorf Mustard & German Potato Salad

Portabella Mushroom
Mushroom cap stuffed w/ wilted spinach, sun-dried tomatoes & kalamata olives, topped w/ herbed bread crumbs & drizzled w/ basil oil

Potato Pierogies
Sauteed dumplings filled w/mashed potatoes & served w/ chive sour cream & sweet potato salad

Dinner:

Alsatian Onion and Apple Soup
Sweet Onion and Trat Apples in a rich broth topped with melted Muenster Cheese Crouton

Mini Brat & Knockwurst
Two Mini Sausages with Sauerkraut served on Soft Buns w/Dusseldorf Mustard & German Potato Salad

Portabella Mushroom
Mushroom cap stuffed w/ wilted spinach, sun-dried tomatoes & kalamata olives, topped w/ herbed bread crumbs & drizzle w/ basil oil 

Shrimp & Scallop Strudel
Flaky strudel dough rolled w/ sauteed shrimp & scallops, garnished w/ petite greens & roasted garlic infused tomato coulis

Soup of the Day
Selection varies on daily basis. Please ask your server for details

Smoked Salmon 
Thinly sliced smoked salmon & herbed cream cheese, stacked between layers of crepes, garnished w/ salmon caviar & mixed greens

Potato Pierogies 
Sauteed dumplings filled w/ mashed potatos & served w/ chive sour cream & sweet potato salad

Chorizo Stuffed Dates
Plump dates filled w/ chorizo sausage, wrapped w/ bacon & served w/ spicy red pepper sauce & petite salad greens 

Bar Special Appetizers ~

Pretzel Nuggets

Onion Rings

Calamari w/ sweet chili sauce

Potato Perogi

Portobello Mushroom

Brat and Knockwurst

17 West Chili and Chips

Smoked Salmon Crepes

Plus;

Lunch:

Wiener Schnitzel (Tradition with a Twist!)
Traditional breaded German Veal Cutlet w/ petite asparagus & Pepper Salad, served w/ Berghoff Chips

Whitefish
Lake Superior Whitefish w/ a fill-caper butter sauce on roasted vegetable napoleon & whipped potatoes

Sausage Trio
Sausage plate featuring grilled Bratwurst, steamed Knockwurst & smoked Thuringer w/marinated artichoke & red potatoes

Sauerbraten (Tradition with a Twist!)
Marinated Roast Sirloin of Beef in a delicious homemade Sweet & Sour Gravy, melange of vegetables and whipped potatoes 

Alantic Salmon
Pan roasted filet of salmon, accompanied w/ a heart of palm, asparagus & watercress salad, sauteed shrimp & organe/vanilla emulsion 

Penne Pasta
Roasted garlic, portabella mushroom & plum tomatoes tossed w/ whole penne & pesto beurre blanc

Alaskan Halibut
Pan seared filet of halibut w/ roasted tomatoes & zucchini, wilted spinach, pine nut relish & crispy pancetta strips

Grilled Hanger Steak 
Sliced Hanger Steak, grilled stack of polenta, portabella mushroom, eggplant, crispy fried leeks and madeira sauce

Barbeque Breast of Chicken
Oven roasted semi bonless breast of chicaken, on a bed of sauteed Savory cabbage, vegetable cousous & Berghoff darl beer barbeque sauce

Quiche of the Day

Deep Dish Quiche and Petit salad of mixed greens and vegetables tossed with Sherry vinaigrette

Veal Ravioli

Egg pasta filled w/fresh herbs & ground veal, sauteed w/ red pearl onions, roasted garlic brown butter & spring peas & prosciutto

Dinner:

Wiener Schnitzel (Tradition with a Twist!)
Traditional breaded German veal cutlet w/petite asparagus & pepper salad, served w/ Berghoff Chips

Veal Ravioli
Egg pasta filled w/fresh herbs & ground veal, sauteed w/ red pearl onions, roasted garlic brown butter, spring peas & prosciutto

Sausage Trio (Tradition with a Twist!)
Sausage plate featuring grilled Bratwurst,steamed Knockwurst & sauteed smoked Thuringer w/marinated artichoke & red potatoes

Sauerbraten (Tradition with a Twist!)
Marinated Roast Sirloin of Beef in a delicious homemade Sweet & Sour Gravy, melange of vegetables & whipped potatoes

Alasken Halibut
Pan seared filet of halibut w/ roasted tomatoes & zucchini, wilted spinach, pine nut relish & crispy pancetta strips

Ahi Tuna & Maine Lobster
Pepper Crusted tuna medallion paired w/ sauteed lobster medallios, accompanied w/ a tender ragout of white beans & lobster cream sauce

Grilled Hanger Steak
Sliced Hanger Steak, grilled stack of Polenta, portabello mushroom, eggplant, cripsy fried leeks and maadeira sauce 

Penne Pasta
Roasted garlic, portabella mushrooms & plum tomatoes tossed w/ whole wheat penne & pesto beurre blanc

Whitefish
Lake Superior Whitefish w/ a dill-caper butter sauce on roasted vegetable napoleon & pommes frites

Atantic Salmon
Pan roasted filet of salmon, accompanied w/ a heart of palm, asparagus & watercress salad, sauteed shrimp & orange/vanilla emulsion

Sides
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Mashed Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Berghoff Potato Salad, Creamed Spinach, Red Cabbage, Spaetzles, Cole Slaw, Fresh Vegetable of the Day or Berghoff Potato Chips

17/West Hours: 

Lunch Hours:

                      11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.        10:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.       11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.             

                         Monday – Thursday                    Friday                      Saturday

Dinner Hours:

                       4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                  4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.              

                         Monday – Friday                         Friday  –  Saturday

Closed Sunday

So let’s say this all together, “The Berghoff/17 West/The Berghoff Cafe is OPEN! Now stop by for a schnitzel and some creamed spinach and a Berghoff dark beer.

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