September 28, 2018

The bavarian hous 

1.3 min read| Published On: September 28th, 2018|

By James Combs

The bavarian hous 

1.3 min read| Published On: September 28th, 2018|

Photos: Anthony Rao

A taste of Germany

Restaurateur stays true to his German cuisine roots.


At the Bavarian Haus, there’s the German beers and the atmosphere where bier steins are lined along shelves and waitresses don traditional dirndl dresses on the weekends. 

But for patrons like Josh Thomas, it’s all about the authentic German food. That’s why he doesn’t mind driving from Ocala to downtown Mount Dora. “I take my family here whenever they come to visit,” he says. “I love the schnitzel, and the potato salad is the best in the world.”

After eating an enjoyable lunch there recently, I echo Josh’s sentiments. I was also pleased to meet owner and restaurateur Achim Weyer, a Munich native who opened the Bavarian Haus six years ago. He capitalizes on his 25 years of culinary experience to make classic German entrees such as schnitzel, sauerbraten, and bratwurst. 

“I try to make my restaurant as authentic as possible—both with the food and décor,” he says. 

Everything I ate was delicious, starting with the kalte platte appetizer of Black Forest ham, pork roast, kielbasa, obatzda cheese, and Swiss cheese. For my main meal, I ordered pan-cooked bratwurst mixed with pork and veal sausage. The bratwurst oozed juices with each bite. 

My dining partner ordered jagerschnitzel, a slice of tender pork topped with a generous portion of mushroom gravy. Because of the way the pork is cooked, he concluded that “it has the flavor of a steak.”

Three simple words summed up our meal: Das war lecker. In English, that translates to “This was delicious.” 


4½ Forks

(Out of a possible 5)

The Bavarian Haus

433 Alexander St., Mount Dora


Hours: 11am-9pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday; 11am-4pm Sunday.

Fork report:

Casual dining $$

Seated immediately (lunch hour)

Wait for meal: 15 minutes

Out-Of-The-Ordinary Appetizers: ($5.95-$12.95):  Homemade chicken noodle soup, frankfurter sausage and bread, homemade goulash soup.

Lunch and Dinner: ($7.95-$18.45):  Wiener schnitzel, bratwurst baguette, sauerbraten, schnitzel baguette, roulade.

About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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