Since my foray into Vietnam didn’t go as planned, I decided to go to Germany, instead. I know, what a leap, right? Did you know there’s a German restaurant in Greensboro? I didn’t know until about 8 months ago, when I met one of the owners of Old Europe German Restaurant, which is located beside Hamrick’s on Bridford Parkway.
Normally, I wouldn’t say I’m into German food. I have been to exactly ONE German place that had food fit to eat, and it was up in Philly, where a lot of Germans settled when they came from the Motherland, so they know how to cook German. I had turtle soup. It was amazing. Every other German restaurant I have ever been in absolutely sucked, and the ONLY reason I went to this one is that it is owned by my friend Jann.
The menu is two pages, and the first page is all about the beer and wine. (Who’s surprised? LOL) The second page has all the food. It’s not a huge menu, but it IS interesting. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few things I’d like to try. I ordered the Jaegerschnitzel (there’s supposed to be an umlaut over the A there), which consists of a pork steak with mushrooms and brown gravy, which they refer to as a “demi”. This was served with spaetzle, which are small dumplings (and which is not pronounced like it’s spelled,) red cabbage, and carrots. It also included my choice of house salad or the soup of the day, which was white bean.
First came bread and a slab o’ butter. The bread tasted really good – it is apparently a type of rye bread – but it was cold <insert sad face here>. On the upside, cold bread was my only complaint!
Next came the white bean soup. It smells and tastes much like Brunswick stew, but without the meat. Yum!
The only thing I didn’t like on this plate was the carrots, and that’s only because I do NOT like cooked carrots. If you do, then you’ll be fine. 🙂 The red cabbage had a very light, kraut-like flavor, but not super sour like one would think sauerkraut would be. It was also warm. (The only food not served at appropriate temperature was the aforementioned cold bread.)
On the left in the above photo, those little lumps are the spaetzle. They are little balls of dough about the size of the first section of your pinky finger, and it appears that they have been boiled first, and then maybe sauteed, (although I don’t know the first damn thing about cooking German, so I may be way off base on that.) They don’t have much flavor of their own, but are really good with the gravy (demi) over the pork.
Here are a few shots of the interior, including the bar, seating area, and one of many different nutcrackers that are used to decorate many of the horizontal surfaces. These are really cute – some female ones in what appear to be traditional German costumes, and some male ones, and each carrying something in its hand. If you go, you will also see some nice cuckoo clocks, which remind me of my Grandma’s house – she and Granddaddy went to Germany when I was little, and she still has the cuckoo clock they bought on that trip. That sucker makes some kind of noise every 15 minutes, CUCKOOS on the hour, and has little dancing people, and will wake you up in the middle of the night, and….but I digress. Here’s the pix:
I would definitely try this place again – many of the dishes on the menu sound quite good!