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Schnitzel Ranch, Huntsville, Al.

Davwud Aug 25, 2008 12:44 PM

Hey Hounds

Has anyone been to this place??

How is it??

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    rockycat RE: Davwud Aug 25, 2008 08:05 PM

    I don't live anywhere near there, but I'm intrigued. Is it German/Austrian? Israeli?

    I gotta round me up some o' them schintzes, pardner.

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      Davwud RE: rockycat Aug 26, 2008 11:17 AM

      Looks to be German. I'm not 100% sure though. No website.

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        Greta RE: Davwud Aug 26, 2008 05:57 PM

        It is German. There are three German restaurants in Huntsville:
        CAFE BERLIN
        German cuisine.

        4800 Whitesburg Drive
        Huntsville, Alabama
        OL HEIDELBERG CAFÉ
        Popular German restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama located next to Rosie's on University Avenue. Restaurant convenient to Huntsville and Madison, Alabama. (256) 992-0556.

        6125 University Drive NW E14
        Huntsville, Alabama
        SCHNITZEL RANCH
        256 535-0840

        1851 University Dr
        Huntsville, Alabama

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          Davwud RE: Greta Aug 26, 2008 06:22 PM

          What are they like?? Or do you know??

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            Greta RE: Davwud Aug 27, 2008 06:12 PM

            Been to Heidelberg and it's pretty good. Great beer. I mean, really great beer.

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            Bayreuther RE: Greta Nov 22, 2009 06:56 AM

            No one mentioned Hildegard's German restaurant...

            Hildegards
            2357 Whitesburg Dr S # C
            Huntsville, AL 35801
            256-512-9776

            Authentic, with great desserts. Atmosphere, not so much.

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            Hildegards
            2357 Whitesburg Dr S Ste C, Huntsville, AL 35801

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              Jwilli RE: Greta Jun 30, 2012 12:07 AM

              Lived in Huntsville a few years now and used to be quite happy with Ol Heidelberg. Upon last visit, seems the food quality has gone down and the prices have gone up. I had weiner schnitzel and it was too thick and stringy as well as soggy breading. I haven't tried Schnitzel Ranch but will try that one this weekend.

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          violinclass RE: Davwud Aug 30, 2008 10:34 AM

          I've visited Schnitzel Ranch several times. My mother is native German, and I have visited Germany. In my opinion, this is the best authentic German food in Huntsville, but the menu is not without its disappointments. The biggest is NO BEER! The bread is a joke, the butter is a blend with margarine, the mashed potatoes are instant and the desserts have little to do with Germany. But the entrees FAR outweigh those negatives. I love the beef rouladen with spaetzes and red cabbage. Yesterday, my fussy sister ordered a bratwurst, and she seemed very impressed. I certainly hope they get a liquor license soon—I have observed people leaving once they realize they can't get a brew with their brats.

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            Ima Wurdibitsch RE: violinclass Sep 11, 2008 02:54 PM

            I agree with violinclass, there are disappointments. The atmosphere is somewhere between fast food and a mid-priced chain restaurant. The service was good but the food was inconsistent. Some items were fabulous but most were not. The lack of wine or beer to accompany the meal added to a less than wonderful experience. I don't want cola or tea out of a big plastic cup with my German meal.

            Heidelberg may not be completely authentic but I like them better than Schnitzel Ranch. The best option is to find a friend with a hidden talent for preparing German dishes. I was lucky.

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            doublevision RE: Davwud Dec 30, 2008 06:49 PM

            We ate at the Schnitzel Ranch this weekend and it was great. The service was good and very friendly. They now have BEER. The owner was very eager for me to spread the word. We were actually visiting Huntsville. She came out and talked to us and showed us where she had lived in Germany on the map. I agree atmosphere wasn't great but my kids were happy eating their spaghetti ice cream while we were finishing our draft Paulaner Octoberfest liters. We will go back on our next visit to Huntsville.

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              Ima Wurdibitsch RE: doublevision Jan 4, 2009 04:50 PM

              Okay. I'll have to give them another chance. The time I went, I was with a rather large group and I failed to take that into consideration with my first impression. Thanks for taking the time to post your take on it.

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              keensheen RE: Davwud Feb 22, 2009 08:55 AM

              Out of the three "German" restaurants in Huntsville, this one is the most genuine. I lived in Germany for 2/3rds of my life, 11 of which in Heidelberg and the other two taste like nothing I ever had in Germany. Still, I think one things the reviews aren't saying is that I wouldn't call the food they serve here as good as a German Restaurant in Germany, but this is the kind of food you would get if you ate at a typical German household in Germany which is more than you can say about the other two when it comes to be actual German food. But I like the food and think it's good in a German home cooked kind of way. And that is enough for me to say if I want to go out for German food in Huntsville, this is the only place I consider and won't go to the other two.

              However the atmosphere and decor is definitely lacking, definitely a negative. Every time I eat here, the lack of atmosphere bothers me. It makes me feel like the place is about to go out of business which makes one think, the food might not taste good or be top quality. I hope/they need to fix that. Ole Heidelberg has a wonderful atmosphere, I feel at home when I sit there.

              The service here is also the "MOST GERMAN" out of the three German restaurants. That's either a good or bad thing though. In Germany, they never rush you or bother you unless you ask. When you go out and eat in Germany, they expect you to stay a long time, have a good time, drink, gossip, then drink more and have some fun. You will never feel rush here but you might have to ask for a refill. Versus the typical American restaurant where they wait on every need of yours and are very polite and refill your cup without asking but then expect you to be in and out in 30 minutes or quicker.

              I also say the deserts they sale are very popular in Germany, although Spaghetti ice isn't German exclusively, it is very popular in Germany. VERY and taste just like what you would get in Germany as well.

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                flgirl62 RE: keensheen Jun 20, 2011 07:13 PM

                I read your reply but you have not mentioned which one you prefer. My husband & I are wanting to go to a German restaurant for our 10th anniversary which is this weekend. Can you please tell us which one you would prefer.

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                  Sid Post RE: flgirl62 Jun 24, 2011 09:56 AM

                  Heidlberg is well regarded and a little more up scale. The Schnitzel Ranch is very good as well but, the atmospher is not as nice though it is pretty authentic if you want a real German experience. The owner of the Schnitzel Ranch immigrated to the USA to open their resturant so, it's not your oridinary mass market German affair.

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                    Sid Post RE: flgirl62 Nov 5, 2011 07:15 PM

                    Hildegards is really, really good. The decor is sort of strip mall but, the food is excellent.

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