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.
Read the full review of Fritz & Franz Fort Lauderdale.
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