On the Steingasse (the little street between the Heiliggeistkirche & the Alte Brücke)
If you go to the site there's this nice little story about how "Joe Molese" is a New Jersey boy who landed in Germany and is bringing us a great deli now. I don't know if this is based on reality or just a nice story. The owner does have an Italian name, but it's not Joe Molese. The reviews online are good.
Walking past one evening, we noticed there was a sign saying they had bagels. A good bagel is hard - okay, pretty much impossible - to find around here. Noting the deli leanings the place says it has, we thought they might actually be decent and came back the next Saturday morning for bagels with cream cheese (called "Philadelphia" here). They came with an incredibly thin layer of unfortunately non-fluffy cream cheese. The consistency was that of a regular old white brötchen, very dry and with the outside chipping off. I'm not Jewish or from New York so I'm not a bagel expert, but I've definitely eaten a fair number of bagels I thought were excellent in my lifetime, and this was very much not one of them. Maybe it was just a bad day? Has anyone else who is from the US had a good bagel there?
We went back to give them another chance, though. The online reviews of their burgers sounded really good, and a truly great burger is also hard to find 'round these parts. (Burgers that are just "fine" abound, so it's not really dire, but still.) The bun disintegrated when I picked it up, before I'd even taken a bite. Sigh. Thankfully that was the same day I found out we'd be going to The Bird in Berlin which sort of made up for it.
|Pancakes w/ maple syrup|
This one just opened a week or two ago. I don't know what its deal is - it looks like a chain or something but I can't find any others online, so maybe it's not. I didn't know American-style pancakes were a thing here or anywhere right now, so thought it sounded interesting. After stopping at Rewe one day I picked up their brochure, which seems to indicate it's German-owned. For example, they offer milkshakes in the following flavors: woodruff (Waldmeister), caramel, banana, and vanilla. No chocolate or strawberry - two of the big three shake flavors!! They sell pancakes, burgers, and hot dogs, not a combination I would really expect. They also have oddities like a Hawaii dog (with pineapple and "cocktailsauce" on it) and put a lot of weird stuff on pancakes like ham and cheese or chocolate sauce and brickle bits. Of course, they might be doing that now in the US, too, but I wouldn't know. (Anyone?)
We stopped for lunch on Saturday and tried both the hot dogs and the pancakes. The people working there were still all bright, fresh, and chipper, which was so pleasant that I feel bad that I'm about to say the food wasn't awesome. I had the Mexican dog, which said it comes with chili and tortillas. That sounded interesting! Turns out by tortillas they meant (stale) tortilla chips! At least they were plain and not flavored, but overall the hot dog experience was blah. The hot dogs are boiled or steamed and not grilled, which I would have preferred. My husband liked his chili dog, though. We split a small order of pancakes with maple syrup and butter. (In the photo you see cream too, which they included by accident, but it doesn't have to come with that.) They were the right size and shape and came with the right amount of syrup. Unfortunately, though, they were kind of gummy and had too much flavoring added. This might be a result of direct substitution of German baking powder/flavorings in a recipe written for American ingredients, or it might just be the way someone likes it, but we both prefer the ones we make it home.
It was worth a shot, anyway! Maybe we'll try their burgers sometime later since they are so conveniently located.
On the outside of the Das Carré on the parking lot side
Now that the US cupcake trend has been beaten to a pulp and is pretty much over, it has finally arrived in Heidelberg! This place opened over the summer. Alas, I keep forgetting it's there and haven't tried it yet. I was nervous they'd have gross frosting because you never find German cakes with buttercream on them - but someone on Toytown confirmed it's buttercream on the cupcakes, so I should get over there and try one. Reviews on Toytown were mediocre.
It's not new, but the old American restaurant standby in Heidelberg is Mandy's Diner. I have actually never been there. Shortly after we moved here we heard bad reviews of it and just never bothered to go. Every time we're in that area - which isn't often - we end up getting Thai food at Sunisa's instead (because it's delicious).
Have you been to any of these places? What did you think?