Alex: Our trip to the German Schnitzel Haus was born more out of humor than any particular sense of adventure. I’d only had German cuisine once before at a family occasion, and all I remembered was that the weiner schnitzel that I had ordered was nothing like I had anticipated. With that knowledge still fresh in mind, and looking forward to an evening of terrible schnitzel-related jokes, we headed out with our friends Joe and Kaile to the Schnitzel Haus.
The outside was a bit underwhelming, and we’d initially thought we’d found the wrong restaurant. Underneath the bold lettering advertising their German Schnitzel was also “Brick Oven Pizza”. If only they also had a sushi bar on the side they could have renamed their restaurant the Axis of Taste. Terrible jokes aside, we walked in to be greeted by bright colors, plenty of flags, and waitresses in dirndls. I was reassured when I glanced down the menu and found myself confronted with menu items both suitably German and delicious.
Not only that, but they had a wide variety of imported beers. I ordered an Erdinger Dark Hefeweizen and Heather ordered the Liebfrauenmilch, a sweet German white wine. I’d never had a dark hefeweizen before, and if Erdinger is any representation of the whole than I’ve certainly found a new favorite beer to grab in the bottle or on the tap if I see it anywhere else.
Our waitress started us out with a basket of buttery garlic knots that we devoured on the spot. We’d also ordered a pretzel as an appetizer, and while it was good and reasonably priced I didn’t feel like I was eating anything I couldn’t find at a sporting event or a shopping mall. They did bring a few varieties of mustard to enjoy it with, so I really can’t complain much.
Our entrees arrived, and I was very happy with my decision. At the last second I’d decided to order the saurbraten with spatzle and red cabbage. The beef was tender and delicious, but the gravy was what really made the dish. Mixed together with the spatzle, which is a type of egg noodle, it was an incredibly hearty dish which was perfect for the miserable weather we’d been having lately. Heather’s gulaschsuppe was even more impressive as a flavorful and interesting German stew.
Once we’d reached the end, we knew we’d have to take the final step into sweet oblivion. We ordered their apple strudel whereas Joe and Kaile ordered the tangerine cheesecake. When the treats arrived, I was a little jealous of their choice, because the strudel wasn’t nearly as pretty. However, with its sides of heavy cream and vanilla ice cream, it turned out much more flavorful than the tangerine cheesecake, not to mention being a more exotic dish. I’d expected it to be similar to a flaky apple turnover, andI was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually had more of the consistency of a crepe.
Overall, it was a good experience. The decorations and uniforms were a bit cheesy, but the food and drink was all spot on, well priced and delicious. If I ever happen to be in the area around dinner time again, I’ll certainly stop by for a drink, a schnitzel, and another strudel.
German Schnitzel Haus
13245 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225