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Das Lokal is a lit­tle off the beaten path: what was once a KFC and then a Por­tuguese grill is now a des­ti­na­tion on Dal­housie. With alpine ski chalet decor and live mu­sic on week­ends, it’s a cozy, lively spot of­fer­ing food that’s both modern and old-world.

Aus­trian-born chef Chris­tian Wall­ner puts forth such Ger­man clas­sics as but­tery spaet­zle, bratwurst grilled to just burst­ing, and Black For­est cake. Add to th­ese pork cheeks, root vegeta­bles, cab­bage, kale, and flavours that rely on pick­les and mus­tard.

Sch­nitzel is, expectedly, a pop­u­lar choice — the thin piece of pork en­veloped in a crunchy coat­ing pro­vides a sat­is­fy­ing taste of meat, fat, and salt. Vegeta­bles get star treat­ment: salad is kale with grilled radic­chio while corn-an­das­para­gus bli­nis are a feast for the eyes and palate. Given por­tion sizes and the typ­i­cal heav­i­ness of the dishes, you are un­likely to be hun­gry af­ter a meal.

The drinks menu in­cludes orig­i­nal con­coc­tions, mix­ing tea syrups with citrus and mud­dled fruit; peach schnapps, of course, is mixed in creative ways.

Fairy lights out­side, a fire in win­ter, and a siz­able ter­race in sum­mer make Das Lokal a year-round des­ti­na­tion where peo­ple are beat­ing a path to a now beloved place.

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