This lively Ballard haunt is one of the only places to go in town for German food. The name telegraphs no-nonsense proletariat simplicity, but the place exudes the Old World charm of a campus Rathskeller. This is reinforced by the incredible array of beers—some eight to 10 German brews on tap, along with a list of bottled beers as long as your arm—with menu suggestions for pairing them with food. Which is delicious, by the way: lots of amply portioned appetizer noshes, leading up to the whole bratsschnitzel-goulash gamut. Try the fork-tender gerschnitzel, which arrives with brown-sugar sauerkraut and soft, buttery spaetzle.