Thursday, March 15, 2012

German Night At Linderhof

We’d bought a Living Social deal for dinner at a Knoxville German restaurant called Linderhof, which I assume was named for Bavarian King Ludwig’s palace of the same name.  After several trips to Germany, and many American dishes being based upon German cuisine, we know we really enjoy it.

We’ve been to the Linderhof three times (and Ludwig’s palace once) and our last time, several years ago, was not a good experience, but when the Living Social deal came along, we decided to give it another try.

We went early on Tuesday evening, to match up with an errand, and there were only two other tables in use, so we got very good service.

We both wanted pork schnitzel and it came with soup, salad, and a side dish and we both chose spaetzle.  Since it was a German place, we decided we should have a Grilled Wurstteller (sausage) appetizer, which contained a Polish sausage, a bratwurst, and a knackwurst (like a thick wiener).  To go with the sausage was German potato salad, homemade kraut, horseradish, and brown mustard.

I forgot the shot until it was half eaten and it was all very good.

The soup was osso buco which was mostly potatoes in broth but it was also very good.  The salad was next and it may have been my favorite part and we both remember being disappointed last time.  It is described: a tasting assortment of German salads - potato salad, cole slaw, cucumber salad, and red cabbage slaw.

Bev’s entrée was Zigeuner Schnitzel described as: gypsy style - topped with sautéed bell peppers, tomatoes, onion, and paprika - slightly spicy!

She liked it but wished she asked for more spice - as usual.  I suggested she start carrying a little bottle of crushed red pepper like our friend Dave does with his Tabasco.

I had the Paprika Rahm described as: simmered in and served with our paprika cream sauce.

I really enjoyed it and the sauce was just what I expected - slightly sweet red pepper flavor. 

We ordered the spaetzel so we’d know what it was supposed to be like as our first try turned out too light – again, it very good.  Both pieces of meat were fork tender, but the one thing we thought unusual was the  absence of a crispy breaded crust, which may had been omitted since it would become soggy in the sauces.

The evening was a much better experience than our last time and we’d definitely go back – when I asked the server, she advised it had a new owner and cook as of a year ago.  We forgot to ask about the chef's special until we'd ordered, but it's something we plan to make soon - stay tuned.

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

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  1. You are right that even the sauced schnitzels are served breaded. My favorite is a "schnitzel cordon bleu" which is the schnitzel topped with asparagus, ham slice and cheese. And it is divine!

  2. This all looks very foreign to me. I can't name a German restaurant in Denver. It all looks and sounds very good. How was the homemade Kraut? Mild? or full flavored?

  3. There is a great German restaurant out here.. I have had their Paprika Rahm.. although I don't remember it being called that exactly.. anyway.. it was DA BOMB! It's been ages since I've been there... maybe I need to change that!

  4. It looks like a tasty feast! My hubby is a German food lover and would be drooling all over my laptop if he saw your pics. Glad your experience was vastly improved over the last time. Those Living Social deals are pretty awesome sometimes!

  5. I love good German cooking.Unfortunately, there's a lot made that leaves much to be desired. This all sounds wonderful and I'm so glad that you and Bev enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary.

  6. This sounds -- and looks -- like a delicious meal. It's been a while since I've been to a good German restaurant.

  7. Larry, Linderhof's food looks and sounds pretty good. Just let us know the next time you want to go German! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. It's always nice when you return somewhere and find that it's improved! Glad you had a nice time.

  9. You hit on some very interesting points based on things I had heard locally. I think the new owner is probably a good thing. I had heard (2-3 years ago) of rude staff and extremely long waits from more than one person, so Alexis and I never tried them. Now maybe we will check them out.


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