I feel like I would be doing myself an injustice if I didn’t give a shout out to a certain restaurant in Scottsdale. I had the privilege to walk around when it was under construction and see the process of how a restaurant comes to be about. It was quite an experience, let me tell you. I have frequented this restaurant many times and have seen the menu and the restaurant evolve over time as is natural for all businesses do. What restaurant am I talking about, you may be wondering??? It is none other than The Brat Haus. This place is a go-to spot if you are wanting a casual place to hang out and have some delicious grub!
The Brat Haus is located in downtown Scottsdale and is such a cool place to visit! It had once been an Oregano’s and when they moved, these guys moved in to set up shop! On the property, they have 3 separate buildings which leaves an open courtyard to have awesome outdoor seating and that allows for there to be outdoor games when people to start to engage in some… shall we say… liberating beverages. They had a horseshoe pit at one point! The two buildings at the front are called the Brat Haus (more of the dining exclusive area) and the adjacent building is called the Bru Haus (more of the bar part of the establishment). Quite an interesting and unique set up I must say! Of all the cool things going on at this place, I want to talk about the food. As I don’t drink, I can’t really talk too much about all the craft brews they house at the Brat Haus but I know that they work closely with local and craft brewers to make sure that there is a wide selection to choose from. And their drinks menu changes almost as much as their dining menu! Now on to the food!
This latest expedition included me, the hubs, and an awesome friend of mine (seriously, this guy is a rockstar!). My husband had been wanting their famous, and probably THE best seller on the menu, the Pig Mac, for a really long time; when I told him that we were going with this friend of mine, he couldn’t stop dreaming about the Pig Mac. I’ll get to describing this beauty in a little bit, don’t you worry. We choose to sit outside since it was really nice outside and since there was a huge courtyard to sit in, while there were a ton of people there, we didn’t feel crowded at all. To start off, we shared some fried pickles… now, the thing you have to know about fried pickles is that they can be terribly delicious oooooor… they can just be terrible. In order for fried pickles to be awesome, the breading needs to be spot on! It can’t be too thick or too thin… it’s got to be seasoned very well and you have to eat them before they get soggy because then it just gets gross. Also, you need to have a killer sauce to dip them puppies in! I prefer to have a slightly spicy and creamy sauce to dip said beauties in. The fried pickles at the Braut Haus… on point! Absolutely perfect! The breading was spot on, the seasoning was perfect, the sauce (even though you can choose the sauce you want with your sides) was killer, AND they were not soggy!!! Perfect! Though… there were 3 of us so I think it would have been impossible for us to have let those things get soggy; if they had been, it would have been through our own neglect!
Next, the boys wanted to have their Pig Macs. You now get to understand why this is my husbands’ obsession and the object on which he compares every other burger to (yes, it IS that good!). This is a thing of beauty, really. So here is what you get; you get a delicious and perfectly seared hamburger patty, a pork sausage patty, some cheddar cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, house-made pickles, rootbeer onions (yeah… you read that right!) and a little Hush-Hush sauce and all of this goodness sits on a freshly made sesame seed bun… this sounds oddly familiar to an iconic burger at a place that has some certain golden arches… That’s neither here nor there BUT this burger is delicious! You can always get bacon added on as well as a fried egg! Yum, yum, yum! So that’s what the boys got. And they loved every minute of it!
Now this particular trip, I choose to have the poutine! Their poutines change every so often that the one I am about to tell you may not be there when you go so I will also share what else I have had that I know are staples! If you are wondering: what in the world is a poutine?! let me guide you to our neighbors to the north; they are the ones that came up with this. A poutine, roughly, is nothing more than a dish including French fries, a gravy of sorts, and cheese curds. Yes. The fries are indeed fried, then tossed with a gravy and the cheese curds; because the fries and gravy are hot, the cheese curds will start to melt and it is a wonderful thing to have in your life. This particular poutine I had this time included a brown pork gravy and crispy pork belly with the cheese curds and fries. I am a huge fan anything pork belly so this was an easy sell for me! Now in the sad event that you get there and this poutine has been cycled out, a few other recommendations I will make for you are: the Schnitzel Sub, any of their house-made brats with any topping to your fancy!, many of their seasonal salads are delicious to choose from as well. I will also suggest getting their herb and garlic fries! Now I’m not a huge French fries person (but Marlee, you had a poutine, a French fry dish?? I know I know) but if you toss them in herbs and roasted garlic… now we’re talking and I will be all over those like a fat kid and chocolate cake! The really cool thing about eating at the Brat Haus is that when you order there, the servers will always give you a little caddy full of house made dipping sauces! You can mix and match the different ketchups and mustards to compliment anything you order! It is always so good. Their whole-grain mustard is strooooooooooong but oh so so good!
If you are wanting any desserts, their Nutella cheesecake is always a home-run , as well as their date cake! Their desserts change with the rest of the menu so who knows what they come up with next! So next time you need to have a casual lunch or dinner or want to bring a friend from out of town to a cool place, stop by the Brat Haus and treat yourself! Feel free to share with me what your favorite dish from there was!