Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bayern Stube and Harvest Moon Drive-In Theater (Gibson City)

So Lauren had been talking for a long time about how she wanted to go to a drive-in theater. There used to be a drive-in in Hawaii, but that closed down a while ago. Lauren found one in Gibson City. We were talking about it one day at her lab, and Aaron mentioned a German restaurant in the area called Bayern Stube. We'd never heard of it, but a lot of people had a lot of good things to say about it. We'd also never eaten German food before, so we decided to give it a try.

Actually, that's not entirely true. I did have German food before on a family trip to Epcot Center a long time ago. I don't remember much about it.......only that people on the adults table had sausage and meats, while I had a bunch of rye bread.
Walking into Bayern Stub is definitely an experience. Animals of all sorts adorn the walls and ceiling. Lauren asked me if I thought they were real. I'm no expert, but they looked real to me. The only one that looked suspect to me was the bear. You can see it in the picture in the left-center. It looked to small to me. If it was real, then it was definitely a baby bear.
***Mike is now currently back home in Hawaii, so I am finishing his post***
Bread with a smoked sausage spread. I thought it was a smoked salmon spread, but I guess my senses were off. Mike asked me what I thought was in the spread and I said, "smoked salmon and a lot of fat." I guess I got the fat part correct.
Fresh Nova Lox~ over a warm potato cake with Dijon horseadish sauce
Red Cabbage
Veal Schnitzel "Dietrich" Topped with Portabella mushrooms and Gorgonzola cheese on a bed of demi-glaze. Spatzle and German fries (potatoes fried with bacon and onions)

Mike thoroughly enjoyed himself at the restaurant. He drank two pints of beer and had fried beef...if he could have finished off a sausage, he would have. Since German food is characterized by meat, sausage, and beer, you can see why I was more excited by the apple strudel.
Although at one point of the meal Mike said that I was "going to town" on the schnitzel. But then images of the South Park episode kept creeping into my mind, and thought, "oh cow."
Apple Strudel

Then we were off to the drive-in movie theater. It was about 90F and humid the night we went, but it was still an enjoyable experience. Prior to the start of the movie, Mike and I threw frisbee (apparently going to the drive-in theater is a family affair, and lots of kids were throwing frisbee or playing soccer). It's funny, Mike seemed to think that going to a drive-in theater was such an "American" thing to do. I don't know, but I've always been into watching outdoor movies whether it be a drive-in or on a big screen outdoors (like the IUB Summer Quad Cinema).
We watched Transformers 2 on the opening night, and the drive-in theater was crowded! Unfortunately, towards the end of the movie, I fell asleep. During the fighting scenes, all the machines started looking alike and I couldn't keep my eyes open. The same thing happened when I watched all the "Lord of the Rings" movies. But really, I think the falling asleep thing happens because I've watched these movies during the midnight or late night screenings.
Overall, this was a good "Mike date night." His tummy was filled with beer and meat and we watched a "boy" movie. Little does he know that our next date will consist of high tea and watching a musical or play...

Bayern Stube Restaurant
209 N. Sangamon Avenue
Gibson City, IL 60936
(217) 784-8304

Harvest Moon Drive-In Theater
1123 N Sangamon Ave
Gibson City, IL 60936-1058
(217) 784-8770


Diana said...

Hee-hee, I'm fortunate that Eric enjoys watching musicals too, then he sings all the love songs to me for days afterward. Sounds like a fun date!

genkitummy said...

diana-that's great that your husband likes watching musicals! i think mike secretly likes watching them. instead of singing the songs afterwards, he makes fun of musicals by singing his conversations to me.

K and S said...

ooh I think they are playing "transformers" on our IMAX in glad you weren't there :)

Anonymous said...

It was so nice to meet you at J's 100 Day Party. We haven't tried the gummy bears but still talk about it! Loved your review of the german food--we do want to go! --Kammi (Soo's friend)

genkitummy said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting our blog! It was nice meeting and chatting with you at the party!

Tien said...

This restaurant is one that we have been talking about going for years. I will forward it to Jeff to remind him about it. -Tien