On August 6th, a few of us from German Pulse attended the 2nd Annual German Fest at Dairy Dogs in Sycamore, IL. While Dairy Dogs may look like a small Ice Cream and food walk up restaurant on any normal day, they know how to turn the place into a great German Fest for the surrounding communities to enjoy.
The menu was filled with German staples including several sausages, a surprisingly great schnitzel, German Potato Salad, Baked Sauerkraut, and Margret’s famous Käse Spätlze. Margret Schrant, owner of Dairy Dogs, worked all week preparing the many food items, and after trying many of the items there was no doubt that it was made by a true German.
The German DJ, Music Source, provided the German Music and played a nice mix of traditional and modern German festival hits. The Egerländer Tanz Gruppe warmed up the dance floor by demonstrating some traditional German dances and eventually got some audience participation, especially for the Oktoberfest hit, So ein schöner Tag (see the video below).
With a constant stream of people, I would say that the Dairy Dogs German Fest was a success. If you live anywhere near Sycamore, IL, I highly recommend you check them out. Even when there is no German Fest, their regular menu still includes many German favorites. It may not be your typical German restaurant, it is a hidden gem that is run with true German love.