Beer, Brats, and Bocce

New Bavarian-inspired beer hall pops up in Tacoma's Stadium District.

The food offered at Tacoma’s newest restaurant with its dark ambiance and scratch kitchen is a little different than the usual fare found along our streets. Our city is known for many of its eateries serving seafood, pizza, and Vietnamese cuisine, but we are not however known for our Bavarian-inspired beerhalls. That is, until Rhein Haus became the new kid on the block.

Photo courtesy of Rhein Haus.

Photo courtesy of Rhein Haus.

Situated in a 13,000-square foot space along “Auto Row” in Tacoma’s Stadium District and posed to open Feb. 18, Rhein Haus’ second Washington location is in a prime spot to deliver house-made brats, fresh doughy pretzels and a carefully curated selection of German and Austrian lagers to the neighborhood.

“Tacoma is bustling; there is a raw and very community-centric feel to the city that aligns with Rhein Haus perfectly, and we can’t wait to open our doors here.”  said Rich Fox, managing owner of Rhein Haus.

Guests can sample any one of Rhein Haus’ hearty dishes in the dining room or huddled around one of the restaurant’s four family-friendly bocce courts. There’s The Classic which is the customer’s choice of house-made wurst served on a fresh pretzel bun, sauerkraut, diced raw onion and spicy marinated peppers served with a side of fries for $12.

Not a fan of sausage? No problem, the Rhein Haus Burger is a simple flame broiled 100 percent house ground chuck served medium well on a pretzel bun with emmental cheese and the standard fixings with a side of fries for $15.

If customers are feeling particularly adventurous and they are badly in need of an influx of calories, the $32 Smörgåsbord is for them. This feast comes with a full schweinschaxe, a roasted bone-in chicken breast, Polish Kielbasa, mashed potatoes, spätzle, sauerkraut & pretzel and spinach dumplings all on one plate.

Rhein Haus Tacoma will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays; noon to 2 a.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend brunch will be added shortly after opening. For more information, visit Rhein Haus Tacoma online.

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