By Joni Williams
If you haven’t visited Fokkers Pub since they moved from the east to the west side of Miracle Strip about a year and a half ago, you don’t know what you’re missing. So we’ll tell you.
There is now a lot of parking directly off the side entrance, which is where you’ll also find a lovely breezeway with outdoor seating. Inside, there’s way more space than the old location, and it’s filled with plenty of tables and a full‑sized bar. The decor has gone from comfy to classy, done in dark wood‑granite‑weathered tabletops and enough nostalgia and neon items on the walls to keep things interesting.
When it comes to food, they’ve stuck with their roots and continue to offer plenty of German fare—bratwurst, knockwurst, schnitzel, spaetzel, and, of course, sauerkraut. They may be best known for their pizza, particularly the 10‑topping Mother Fokker loaded with two types of bacon, sausage, pepperoni, ham, veggies and olives. If that isn’t daring enough for you, check out the new Devil’s Fokker, a five‑alarm pie made with sriracha, jalapenos, banana peppers, spicy sausage, pepperoni and ghost pepper cheese.
We hear it’s already been a big hit at the pub because, no doubt, some like it hot. But we also have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with having all that beer to wash down the fire breath. The offerings here count among our very favorites in the local area, as it’s one of the few places where you can get freshly tapped authentic German bier. Yes, we hear some of you craft lovers groaning right now, but no worries. They keep a great selection of American classics including Yuengling, as well as bottles of Corona and crafts, including some by Grayton Beer.
Their selection of wine and signature cocktails—such as the fruity Miracle Strip Morning Mist martini—is just as impressive. If you’re a whiskey drinker, you probably already know about their top shelf offerings. When Happy Hour kicks in—3 to 7 p.m. daily and all day on Tuesdays—they’re an absolute steal. Currently, happy hour prices vary depending on what you’re drinking, with some beers going for as little as half price. But plans are to simplify happy hour beginning September 1 when domestic beer and well drinks will be priced at three dollars and wine and premiums will be discounted by a dollar.
Even when full‑priced at $5.50, premium beer here is a bargain. So why not take a walk on the wild side and check out some of the dependably good‑quality German brewskis by Kostritzer, Warsteiner, Erdinger or Kromenbourg? Though more than a few dark, bread‑in‑a‑glass style dunkels are offered—these are always near and dear to our hearts—newbies can play it safe with a hefeweizen. Due to the lighter color and style, hefes make a good gateway beer when crossing over from, say, an IPA or American lager or pilsner. Balanced with natural fruitiness and spice, most hefes offer fully developed flavor yet do not overwhelm the taste buds.
Or you can opt (like we did) for a freshly tapped Warsteiner Oktoberfest, a seasonal, deep golden Marzen that was slightly spicy, robust yet light, balanced but not bitter. According to Warsteiner, all of their beers, including this one, conform to the German Purity Law regulating ingredients. That’s right. This Motherland takes it beer so seriously there’s a centuries‑old law protecting its authenticity. Maybe that’s why we find German beers so delish.
That’s not to say we’d pass up a bargain priced pitcher or bucket of any good old American classic, especially if they’re priced at seven and 12 dollars like they are at Fokkers on game nights. Pair either with their big screen TVs and any of their daily food specials—55‑cent wings on Thursdays, discounted pizza on Sundays and Mondays—and you have a winning combination that won’t break the bank.
Speaking of deals, Fokker’s has a $7.99 lunch special that includes a more‑than‑generous no‑wait food bar that’s fresh and colorful and offers plenty of healthy salad fixings. Another new addition is brunch, served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, featuring hearty omelets, breakfast meats and a luscious assortment of plump waffles, French toast and crepes oozing with fruit and mounded with whipped cream. The language of love is spoken with carbs, and these had us swooning.
Though the delicious eats, primo libations and truly affordable prices are reason enough to visit, Fokkers’ best attribute is its casual, comfy vibe, friendly staff and just‑as‑friendly patrons who instantly make you feel right at home. If you haven’t met the new Fokkers yet, it’s time you checked them out.