Fritz & Franz in Fort Lauderdale: Get Pumped for Oktoberfest

This Saturday, September 22, at noon sharp local time, the lord mayor of Munich, clad in lederhosen, will lead a procession and tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer, kicking off a 12-hour-per-day, 16-day-long party that will end on October 7 with 6 million visitors having passed though its tents.

There's a lag for Oktoberfest celebrations here in the States -- in inaugural one on las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale happens the weekend of September 28 and the big one in Lantana starts October 12 (we'll have a full list of SoFla celebrations later this week) -- but you can pre-game at Fritz & Franz.

South Florida isn't well-known for its German expat community, and there isn't an endless selection of Bavarian-style eateries to pick from here. Fort Lauderdale's Fritz & Franz is an offshoot of the Coral Gables restaurant that has been open for more than a decade just off Miracle Mile. Chef and owner Harald Neuweg's Fort Lauderdale outpost opened in September 2011. The recipes are a combination of those he learned while working in Austria and family secrets, like the one for rich yet vinegary potato salad, which came from his mother.

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