Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hello again to the Holzkrug!

Back in August 2014, around the time Bill and I moved back to the Stuttgart area, we paid a visit to the Holzkrug in Vaihingen.  I had fondly remembered the tiny little eatery from our first tour in Stuttgart, from 2007-09.  For the first six weeks of our stay, we lived at the Vaihninger Hof, a run down hotel within walking distance of Patch Barracks.  Because it was a no frills German hotel, we only had a little dorm sized fridge in our room.  We had to eat out for most of our meals.  As a consequence, I got to know the restaurants circa 2007 in the Vaihingen area very well.

I remember liking the Holzkrug because of its local style charm and the fact that they sometimes serve roasted chicken there that is to die for.  I see by my last Holzkrug post, Bill and I both had chicken the last time we were there.  Today, we stopped in for lunch because we stopped by Patch to gas up my car.  They weren't serving any chicken today, but we still had a nice lunch.


The door was open and the German pop was playing...

Holzkrug offers hot food from 10:30am until 2:00pm on Saturdays.  They also offer lunch with specials from 10:30am until 2:00pm and then dinner from 4:30pm until 8:00pm all during the work week.  On Sundays, they are only open from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Dinner is not offered on weekend nights.

The Holzkrug is the only restaurant in this area that I've been to that sometimes offers roasted chicken.  The only other time I've seen it has been at fests or from "chicken men" with food trucks.  If there are other local restaurants that have chicken, I haven't run into them yet.


Bill checks out today's limited menu.


Today's offerings.  Bill originally settled on "Forelle" (trout), but they were out of it.  They did, however, have fried fish of some sort.  That's what he ordered.  I ordered "Cordon Bleu und Krokettes", basically a fried schntizel stuffed with ham and mild melted cheese.

The Holzkrug has a very local vibe, even though it's close to Patch Barracks.  Although I did see a plaque with an American flag on it, I don't know that they get a lot of Americans in there.  We had to share a table with a guy who was clearly a regular and kindly made room for us at the "Stammtisch" (a table set aside for regulars).  I think it's mostly a bar, though we've always gone there to eat and have enjoyed every experience.


"Stammtisch"-- if you see one of these signs in a German or Austrian restaurant, it means it's reserved for regulars.  However, I can't say that I've ever seen too many regulars taking advantage of one.  Maybe it's because I make a habit of trying so many different places that I haven't really become a "regular" at many restaurants here.  The Stammtisch is different than a table that's "reserved".  


The view of the bar from where I was sitting.  This is a small place, but it's very quaint and kind of charming.  I'm pretty sure they have English menus if you ask for them.  Sometimes the servers speak English, though today's didn't really.  I like the interior of the Holzkrug.  It's the kind of place I wish we had in our own little town... you could go there and soak up the atmosphere over a couple of beers.


Here's a picture of our deep fried goodness...  Bill had the fried fish special, which came with potato salad.  He washed it down with a Hefeweizen.  I had the Cordon Bleu and fried potato croquettes.  It was a lot and we brought home leftovers from my dish!

The guy sitting next to us was humming off key.  It was driving me nuts.  I happen to be a very musical person with "perfect pitch", which means that when things are off key, it's like nails on a chalkboard.  I felt badly about being annoyed, though, because he was nice enough to share his table with us.  The guy sitting behind Bill, also clearly a local and a regular, kept shooting glances at us.  But the wait staff was very kind and attentive.  

This is a decidedly dog friendly place.  A large Doberman was enjoying a visit while we were there.  It's also kid friendly.  I noticed the bartender gave a little boy a little bag of popcorn while he was waiting for his Oma to finish up.  There are also a couple of kid-sized choices on the menu.


After we ate, I noticed the sign on the wall.  It basically translates to "If you're the type to forget to pay when you drink, pay beforehand."


A Pilsner...

After lunch, I had a Pils.  I don't usually drink Pils, but every time we visit the Holzkrug, I am reminded of our first time here.  Bill ordered a Pils at this restaurant and thought they had forgotten about his beer when I got served my Hefeweizen first.  He asked the barkeep where his beer was.  The bartender chastised him and told him that a proper Pils can take up to seven minutes to pour.  A quick Googling tells me that she was telling the truth about that, but truth be told, I have yet to ever visit a bar in Germany where it's taken that long...

At about 2:20pm, it was time for our server to clock out, so she asked us to settle our bill.  It came to about thirty euros before the tip.  I finished my beer and visited the ladies room.  Here's a handy tip for anyone who happens to be in Vaihingen and needs to pee.  The Holzkrug will allow non-guests to use their restroom if you pay 50 cents.  Yeah, I know paying to pee is the norm here, but at least you know there's a place to go if the need strikes.  

Anyway, we like the Holzkrug.  I like them even better when they have roasted chicken, which they also sell to go.  This is a nice local hole in the wall with typical German food, friendly service, and very reasonable prices.

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