The Troll Tavern, located right “on the river” and “under the bridge”, was very busy that Sunday evening. It was nearly full, populated with all sorts of crowds. After a 15 minute wait, we sat down at a table riverside watching people “shoot the Hooch”.
My dad ordered a glass of Paulaner Oktoberfest, just one of a dozen different types of draft beer they had. They have an extensive drinks menu, featuring other alcoholic drinks such as cocktails and shots.
The restaurant’s menu offers simple and popular German dishes such as bratwursts, sauerkraut and Reuben sandwiches, as well as seafood, burgers and salad.
The Troll Tavern’s execution of the classic German sandwich, the Grilled Reuben ($12) was delicious, packed with corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut, sandwiched between two slices of rye, all grilled. It was perfectly tangy and meaty, and the corned beef crispy. Dipped in Thousand Island dressing and enjoyed with a bag of chips, this meal left me very happy.
However, the Combo Wurst Platters ($13 each) that my mom and dad both ordered were far less satisfying. These platters came with two slices of rye, one grilled bratwurst and one grilled knockwurst, German potato salad, red cabbage and sauerkraut. The portions, and the size of the overall platter, were decent, though nothing outstanding, as was the food itself.
The sausages, while thick and juicy, baffled me with their monochrome interior, leaving me wondering what these wursts actually contained. Still, with the slightly tangy rye, they were tasty. Meanwhile, the potato salad was unexpectedly sour and sad-looking. The red cabbage was acidic and the sauerkraut vinegary, as it conventionally is. Overall, this combination was a tad bit overpowering in its vinegariness.
The most disappointing part of the meal was my grandma’s Rainbow Trout ($20). Grilled with lemon pepper, the fish was rather dry and overly flaky, lacking a depth of flavor. The coleslaw that accompanied it was also flavorless, while the fries were meh.
There’s a fun of German theme going, visible in the decor, the drinks and the menu, but in order to elevate itself above other restaurants in Helen, the Troll Tavern should consider diversifying and experimenting with its menu.
Welcome to Helen!
Read the rest of my travel diary on my main website, Never Stationary!
I briefly cover Helen’s history, touch on my mini golf experience and subsequent ice cream break, wander down Main Street, buy some goat’s milk soap, and read up on the nation’s longest running Oktoberfest, held in Helen.