Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lunch at Triple B's... Great burgers in Zuffenhausen...

Today's review is brought to you by one of my favorite Stuttgart Venters, Rick, who suggested Triple B Burgers in Zuffenhausen as a potential lunch spot a couple of weeks ago.  Rick said Triple B's burgers (Triple B stands for Beef Burger Brothers) were among the best in the area.  I have come to appreciate Rick's taste, since he recommended Christophorus at the Porsche Museum to me a few months ago and Bill and I had a great meal there.  After that, I figured the man knows his food, and Bill and I are always looking for good places to eat.  

We needed to go to Ludwigsburg to drop off empty bottles at Heinrich's, so I suggested that we stop in Zuffenhausen for lunch.   Bill was game, despite the crappy weather today.  We loaded up the ol' SUV and headed north, arriving in Zuffenhausen at about 2:30pm.  As we passed Triple B's, I could see there were many people in there.  Generally speaking, if a place is booming, especially when it's not during prime meal hours, the food is going to be good.  On the other hand, I'm not really a big fan of crowds.  I glanced nervously at the busy looking restaurant as Bill circled around looking for parking.  There are spaces available on the street near the restaurant, but it was kind of tricky to find one.  We finally lucked into a spot right across from the U-Bahn, which is located just steps away from the restaurant.  If you are coming just for the burgers at Triple B's, I would recommend taking the U-Bahn rather than trying to park.

When we entered Triple B's, it was positively bustling with business.  There were no tables to be had.  I told Bill that maybe we should get our order to go and eat in the car.  He agreed, but while he was in line, a table near the Coke cooler opened up.  I grabbed the spot while Bill waited for his turn.  He ordered me a 200 gram cheeseburger and himself a 200 gram chiliburger and a portion of fries to share.  If 200 grams is too much food, you can order 100 gram burgers.  They also have veggie burgers.  

We also got two bottled Cokes.  Besides Coke, Triple B's offers Sprite, Fanta, beer, and a variety of other non alcoholic drinks. 

We waited about twenty minutes or so for our sandwiches, watching in awe as more and more people came in.  I noticed there was a nice mix of Americans and Germans in the restaurant.  Bill tried to order in German, but the guy behind the counter immediately switched to English as soon as he heard Bill's accent.  A friendly waitress brought us our order packed up in styrofoam containers and stacked into a plastic bag.  Since we had a table, Bill told her we would eat in house.  She kindly brought us a couple of paper lined trays.



Obligatory shot of Bill.


My cheeseburger came with tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise, and German pickles (more like cucumber slices).  This burger was juicy and delicious, but it was a bit of a challenge to eat it at the tiny bistro table.  I was awkwardly balanced on a stool and people were kind of standing over our table as they waited in line.  It made me feel self-conscious because other diners were clearly checking out my burger.   Maybe it's a girl thing, but I don't like feeling like people are watching me stuff my face.   


These pommes were like steak fries, which I really like.  I also liked that the table had ketchup and mayo (pommes sauce) on it.  It's such a treat to have ketchup with fries in Germany.  One portion was enough for both of us and we had leftovers.


I tried this to see if it tasted different than mayo.  It didn't to me.  I still prefer ketchup.


Bill's very messy chiliburger.  Just so you know, the chiliburger doesn't have chili on it (and I can't imagine German chili would be that exciting).  This burger has jalapeno peppers and chili sauce.  It also had onions, tomatoes, German pickles, ketchup, and romaine lettuce.  The buns on both burgers were housemade.  The chiliburger is available with or without cheese.  Bill liked it very much, even though he went through several napkins.


You can also get a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.


The crowd at 2:30pm.


I managed to get this shot for the couple of minutes those stools were open.


Big line.


As we were finishing up, the crowd began to disperse.  By the time we were ready to leave, there were a couple of tables open.  I think if we'd gotten there at 3:00pm or later, we would have had a more relaxed experience.  In the dining room, there are a few larger tables that don't require sitting on a stool.  I noticed there were several reservation signs on the wall for this evening.  That tells me that if you want to go for dinner, you should probably book ahead.  Either that, or get your burgers to go.


A shot of the front of the restaurant.


Triple B's menu.


Triple B's has excellent burgers for a reasonable price.  Our order came to about 25 euros and we left feeling very satisfied.  We genuinely liked the food there and, when it's not really crowded, it's probably a great place to have lunch.  The huge crowds and lack of seating was a bit of a turn off for me.  However, I will admit that the place has a great reputation for good reason.  The burgers are delicious and probably as close as you'll get to an American style burger in this area unless you make one at home.  I almost felt like I'd stumbled into the Krusty Krab with the way people were enjoying their patties.

After lunch, Bill and I went to Heinrich's and loaded up on more beer.  I have already blogged plenty about Heinrich's, but wanted to mention that they've reorganized the store.  And for the first time in over a year of shopping there, Bill and I ran across this mixed crate of beers.  I'm sure they've been doing it all along, but I was glad to find it today.  I love trying new suds as opposed to getting crates of 20 of the same kind of beer.  Aside from that, it takes forever to scan individual beers.  I know other Heinrich's customers hate being behind us in the check out line because it takes us forever.  I like the way Heinrich's has been reorganized.  I think it looks great and it's much easier to find stuff without being overwhelmed.  


Mixed beers!  Weee!


A shot of the sign.  The weather was too crappy to roll down the window.

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