Featured restaurant: Bavarian Chef

COME HUNGRY. So you’re driving south on Route 29 out of Culpeper or you are driving north from Charlottesville and on the horizon you see a building that looks like it should be in the German countryside. For those view of you that aren’t familiar with The Bavarian Chef you are in for a royal treat particularly if you are fond of German fare. For more than 40 years, this restaurant has garnered a reputation for its renowned generous portions, family-style side dishes and mouth-watering desserts. Hearty is what happens at this dining establishment known for its warm and welcoming hospitality and time honored family recipes. Opened in 1974 by owners Eckhard and Bruni Thalwitz, their tradition of excellence continues with Jerome and Christine Thalwitz who opened a second location in the historic train station in downtown Fredericksburg in 2010. Known throughout the United States, and even internationally, for its inspired cuisine and gemütlichkeit, or cheery conviviality, The Bavarian Chef restaurants have garnered acclaim from magazines such as Bon Appetit and continue to be featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Virginian-Pilot as a top-rated German restaurant. The Bavarian Chef Fredericksburg was recently featured as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2011 and as one of the 50 Best Restaurants by Northern Virginia Magazine.While it has garnered national acclaim, The Bavarian Chef, whether in Madison or Fredericksburg, has a strong legion of local and regional followers who return time and again to experience its ambiance and rich culinary history and then there’s the food. Beyond delicious.

The Bavarian Chef Madison is located at 5102 S. Seminole Trail in Madison. Closed Monday and Tuesday, it is open Wednesday through Sunday. Phone 540-948-6505