100 Favorite Dishes: No. 72, Sausage Sampler at King's Biergarten

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​This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

Pearland's got all the good restaurants these days: Killen's Steakhouse, Central Texas BBQ, MerCheri's, Floyd's Cajun Seafood House, Thanh Phuong, The Pie Garden and now King's Biergarten (which is conveniently located, as luck would have it, right next to the Pie Garden -- it's a garden of grub!).

As its name would suggest, King's serves beer -- and plenty of it -- as well as an array of homemade German and Austrian food that puts Rudi Lechner's and Old Heidelberg (the only two other Teutonic restaurants in town) to shame, whose glory days have since passed. King's offers the kind of hearty yet fresh sausages and schnitzels that Houston has long lacked, especially given our state's strong Germanic heritage.

The sausage sampler at King's, which is charmingly located in an old Mexican restaurant that's been converted to an oddly scenic location with a beautiful "biergarten" outside by owner Johann Sitler, is just shy of $11 and comes with enough food to split between two people: three sausages, bacon-studded sauerkraut, softly vinegared red cabbage, white bread and strong, thick mustard. The weisswurst is my favorite, a delicate white sausage from Bavaria made with a blend of pork and veal, flavored with parsley, lemon, ginger and cardamom. It's not the heavy, livery sausage so often associated with Germanic cuisine, and that's all the more reason to love the stuff: It has the texture of sifted pate, light and airy and simply ausgezeichnet.

The coarse, juicy, richly-spiced bratwurst is the polar opposite of the weisswurst, and both are equally good here. Of course, that bratwurst goes best with the spicy mustard on the side as well as washed down with a half-liter of Spaten Oktoberfest. That's right: King's sells its beer in liters or half-liters only. But if you're feeling sehr gut, you can order a boot for $35.

The list so far:

No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe
No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria
No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats
No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe
No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella
No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic
No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo
No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's
No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA
No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño
No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys
No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio
No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19
No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's
No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy
No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe
No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House
No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III
No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia
No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe
No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's
No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe
No. 75: Pancakes from Fountain View Cafe
No. 74: Hobnobs from Fluff Bake Bar
No. 73: Chu chee eggplant from Nidda Thai



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Location Info

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Central Texas BBQ

4110 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

MerCheri's Martini Bar & Grille - CLOSED

11200 Broadway St., Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rudi Lechner's Restaurant and Bar

2503 S. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Ashley
Ashley

I doubt they make the sausage in house, do they?

anon today
anon today

I don't know - I should ask next time. The sausages are definitely not mass commercial, and given the quality of the sauerkraut and cabbage I wouldn't be surprised if the sausages were house made - at least a few of them.  

anon today
anon today

Glad to see this on the list.  I was so giddily happy when friends and I went to King's a few weekends ago. A liter of Weihenstephaner, the sausage sampler, and the two older gentlemen playing the accordion and singing beerhall songs out on the patio - perfect.  

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

When we were there this weekend, an audience member lept up and played an unexpected accordion solo. It was like an accordion sleeper cell. Awesome.

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

I'm fine with stuff being a bit away, as I wouldn't have known about Gilhooleys otherwise, but a fun twist next year could be top 20 spots in certain areas.  (inner loop, Heights, Bellaire, Pearland, Galveston, etc.) 

Cathy
Cathy

Wait. I thought this was 100 best dishes in Houston.

A.C.
A.C.

Lighten up Cathy.

Cathy
Cathy

A.C., I just got all excited about this sausage plate and then found out it is in Pearland. The article does say "we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston". I agree that it should say "We're counting down are 100 Favorite Dishes in the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses our distribution area.". #1 because it is hilarious. #2 because I am Houston Proud. #3 because gas is really expensive!

Bruce R
Bruce R

Cathy, just because your mailing address is in Houston doesn't mean that all parts of Houston are near you.  From my house (in Houston) I can drive 40 miles and still be well within Houston.

Anyway, clearly we're talking about the Houston metropolitan area.  It's not that difficult.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Maybe this would have been a better way to put it initially: 100 Favorite Dishes in the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses our distribution area. :-D

Besides, Pearland is a very short drive from Houston, and is more or less a suburb (don't kill me for that, Pearlanders!).

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