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Sep 30, 2008 04:36 AM

Student Prince, Springfield MA, One of 'Gourmet's' Best

This month Gourmet Mag proclaims the Student Prince and Fort Restaurant in Springfield's MA downtown "one of the 21 best classic restaurants in America"

These accolates are the newest in a long line of Awards and Recommendations given to the Restaurant. The Student Prince is an "Institution" in this City since 1929 and has provided extremely wonderful Food and warm Old Country Atmosphere to it's patrons. It has been and will continue to be known by many locals and others from near and far away.

A one Million Dollar (or two) antique Beer Stein Collection, a twenty food solid wood Mahagony Bar and commisioned Stained Glass Windows are indicative to the Restaurant's heritage and business success of nearly 70 Years.

Imported Beers have been one of the main draws of this Establishment. But the menu, in it's length and variety of typical German and American Fare, with 'Specialties' (more so then 'Specials') has given it's patrons constant enlightenment in the form of foods served by friendly and experienced personell. All Chefs, Cooks and Food Service workers adhere to strict ascribed recipe preparations, which have been in use for many years by the Owners, the Scherff family.

Special Occasions are celebrated throughout the year, such as Game Fest, Maywine Fest, Bockbeer Fest, October Fest and not to forget the Christmastree Lighting ceremony with life Carolers.

By choosing the Student Prince as one of 21 estabilshments as a "Classic" Restaurant in America is an honor well bestowed.

But, I could have already told them all these facts as of 1964, when I started working there as Chef.
So this write-up here may seem biased, and it is, but I do not currently benefit from doing so nor have I been in the employment of the Student Prince since 1980, when I left to take a position as instructor and consultant. I frequent the place often, with my last visit being this past June.

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  1. No, you sound very fair, IMO, it's probably the only solid comfort food rest. in Spfld.

    1. And, as always, I stand to be corrected: " The Student Prince Cafe was opened September 24, 1935 by Paul Schoeder and Erna Sievers. It was named after Sigmund Romberg's lighthearted operetta of Heidelberg student life, The Student Prince. "
      The above is a direct quote from their web site:
      and this too changes the total lifetime to 73 years and not as 'nearly 70.'
      I hope I will be forgiven. Age is creeping in (into my life)

      1. I saw that article too. I have been craving German food lately. I was going to go to Old Heidelberg in Bethel, CT being in New Haven myself, but maybe I will make a day trip out of it and check out the Prince.

        1. Yep, heard about the write-up! It's our "go-to" spot for business lunches. "Classic," quirky, consistently good. Certainly special in its own right.

          1. While certainly not a Vegetarian destination, Even 25 years ago (before it was common) The Student Prince always had a vegetarian option available (usually white asparagus, au grattan potatoes or potato pancakes and the day's vegetable. This was greatly appreceated as many meetings, lunches and dinners were held there. Always delicious and with great service,and always crowded. A testament to the success and popularity, do not expect tons of elbow room !! My fondest memory of one Christmas party many years ago, Rupprecht came out of the Kitchen, sauce pot in hand, making sure everyone had enough Au grattan potatoes! (Of Course I had more) I'm already looking forward to this holiday season.

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            1. re: belcherveggie

              I often get the vegetarian platter. Also the roquefort dressing is one-of-a-kind!