Coming from an old German family, whose matriarch was a ridiculously talented cook from the old country, I have very high standards for my family cuisine, so to speak. I adore the bratwurst, knockwurst, and especially Schmidt's own ""Bahama Mama"" sausages. Similar to a traditional sausage with more kick and just a hint of bite to it, it is complemented perfectly with a simple hot mustard or horseradish.
Often, the side dishes are sacrificed for the core product of a menu. This family-owned and operated restaurant defies that convention with hot delicious potato salads, the obligatory sauerkraut, and a bevy of others. Unlike most buffets, the one offered at Schmidt's stays fresh, stocked, and to temperature consistently.
Quality of the food aside, this is a popular and often freakishly busy venue, and you should plan accordingly. I've waited up to an hour and a half for a seat at my worst, as little as 5 at the best. If you aren't a restaurant professional, or lack the sense to visit new places at off-peak hours, don't be surprised to find yourself waiting. Quality, consistency, and memorable experiences take time, work, and dedication. Avoid the wait and call ahead about peak times, buffet schedule(it is not an open to close asset), and know that you'll get a great smorgasbord of fine food and a good variety to try of everything that makes Schmidt's a local legend and a tourist destination.
Pros: Phenomenal homemade Sausages and dishes
Cons: Madhouse when its busy, not fast if that's what you like.