Wednesday, January 20, 2016


5716 SE 92nd Avenue
Happy Hour: 3 - 5:30 and 9 - close

Zoiglhaus became my new go-to happy hour spot by accident. Or fate, I guess. All I know is that traffic was bad and there was a very unhappy baby in the back seat. I had happy hour plans across town and I just WASN'T going to sit through another red light. I parked. I took a chance. And it all turned out for the best.

I've been back since. And I've introduced the place to the rest of the mommies in my mommy group because Zoiglhaus has a play area. There are others like it in town. It's an amazing feature--that, if you've got the space, you should definitely have--because it gives parents an opportunity to get out. I've spent a lot of nights in lately (and when I say lately, I mean for the last eleven months) and it's nice to get out. Even if I still have to rush home to start the bedtime routine, getting out feels good. And what's great about this place is that it's BIG--both the play area and the restaurant, itself. Big enough that you wouldn't even know there were seven tiny humans running amuck in the back section of the restaurant while you enjoy a plate of Schnitzel and a pint of the Kicker Kolsch.

The Happy Hour menu seems pretty substantial, with snacks priced as low as three bucks. They've got a few big ticket items--a burger, turkey meatballs, and the traditional German currywurst--plus the daily Flammkuchen (read: German pizza) and nothing is listed at more than six dollars. Plus, the haus-made pints are all a dollar off.

I still haven't found my repeater item on their menu. There's just too much to choose from--and I'm limited to just the vegetarian items. So far, I've tried the Weissbier Cheese Soup (which is not on the happy hour menu, but is priced reasonably and worth the extra two seconds it takes to look at the regular dinner menu), the beet salad (because I can't say no to beets), and the Kasespaetzle. I've also sampled the pretzel, the hummus plate, and the pickle platter. I plan to keep working my way through the rest of the vegetarian options. And eventually, I'm sure I'll convince my husband to join me so that someone can comment on all the meaty menu items available.

Of course I'll be back--and not just because of the play area. There's a veggie Flammkuchen--with asparagus and goat cheese--calling my name. And the loaded fries are a bit too intriguing. They've got two versions--one with bacon and one with spinach, both covered in cheese. All that and the Zoigl (veggie) burger AND Hildi's vegetarian sandwich means I need to plan for at least six more stops before I can pick a favorite food--one to always fall back on. (And by then, they're likely to switch things up a bit.)

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