Amusing on the history of Twin Cities ethnic crusine, a friend commented that he remembered a day when one of the only ethnic restaurants was Black Forest Inn. In contemporary terms, it is hard to imagine a German kitchen serving Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, Spaetzel and Cherry Chocolate Torte as ethnic. Yet, Black Forest Inn, its patio and summer beer garden are cornerstones of Minneapolis varied cruisine and should stand proud after its 40 years down in the neighborhood. The Black Forest, located near the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, the old Artist Quarter Jazz Club, The Children's Theater and Guthire Theater and Walker Art Center also held its own with art patrons before nuevo cruisine took hold.
And stories fill and haunt the plank floors and brown panel walls such as the time a mad patron of the Black Forest ran ino the bar banishing a gun and shot a bullet in the large photo mural of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). If you look closely you will find bullet hole and entry crater in the plexiglass covering.
If you like authentic German food you will enjoy Black Forest, the beer graden in summer and the dusty brown paneled walls that engulf you in the bar and seated areas of the restaurant.