LowBrau, the ultra popular German beer hall at 20th & K, has been busy each of the half dozen times I've been there. I've enjoyed watching the NFL playoffs there, grabbing drinks with friends, stopping there on a pub crawl, and just having dinner. But that doesn't mean that it's without faults, and it appears that the Sac Bee restaurant critic has found a couple ways they can improve too.
Aside from the knowledgeable bartenders, the servers here offer little if any advice and are noticeably out of their element when fielding beer questions.
For a place with such a great list, the servers simply don't know enough about the beer to be credible. They're not close to what you'd find, knowledge-wise and passion-wise, at Pangaea or The Shack...
Then there's the food. It's sausages, more sausages and salads – some with sausage. The salads were disappointing, mostly because the dressing was nearly tasteless. There's also a large pretzel, which arrived at my table topped with so much salt I thought it was a practical joke...
For now, LowBrau is a roaring success, complete with flaws (which include roaring). Iron those out, and LowBrau will have all the staying power it needs to evolve as one of the city's great places for food and drink.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
I agree with all of these criticisisms, and yet I've kept returning 'cause to me, the place has a cool vibe. The place is still only 6 months old, and I think these are growing pains. I hope they keep improving so they can give us reasons to keep coming back once the novelty wears off.
Also, they need to get a happy hour.
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