Chicago’s German-Southern mash-up restaurant, Funkenhausen, celebrates spring with a new roster of funkified specials and weekly programming, in addition to the launch of a patio along their Chicago Ave. storefront next month.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina to a tight-knit family of German immigrants, Chef Mark Steuer’s favorite food was schnitzel, a dish his mom would make once a week. He honors that tradition with a riff on the German dish on what is now known as Schnitzel Sunday: Nashville Hot Schnitzel, a chicken-fried pork schnitzel dipped in (spicy, but not too spicy) Nashville-style chili oil and served with zucchini bread-and-butter pickles and dill ranch. Starting at 5 p.m., the special pairs the schnitzel with a 17-ounce bier boot of Krombacher Pils for just $20.
WEIN AND DINE
Mondays are not so manic after all with half-off bottles of wein. Funkenhausen’s curated wine list focuses on niche varietals from “Deutsch sprachige” –German-speaking – regions, including Germany and Austria, as well as the Alsace region of France and northern Italy.
DAS BURGER TUESDAY
In a burger-crazy town like Chicago, Steuer knew he had to up his game if he wanted to put one on the menu at Funkenhausen. The Tuesday-only ‘Das Burger’ special features two Slagel patties (trim from the restaurant’s ribeye, ground chuck and some secret goodies), beer-caramelized onions, Swiss-American cheese, Haus bacon, dijonaise, and zucchini bread-and-butter pickles swaddled in a housemade brioche bun and served with a handful of sauerkraut-and-onion potato chips. There is a caveat: only 40 burgers are available each Tuesday. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Move over Hump Day! Funkenhausen has declared the middle day of the week Wurst Wednesdays. $12 gets you a Thuringer sausage on a housemade roll with sauerkraut mayo, spicy mustard, caramelized onions and friseé lettuce, served with sauerkraut-and-onion potato chips.
From 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Funkenhausen’s happy hour includes $6 featured cocktails and $5 bier boots of Krombacher Pils. Throw in a Nashville Hot Schnitzel sandwich - exclusive to happy hour - for an additional $10 or try a $5 tarte flambée and $5 smoked rib tips.