Jacksonville, FL 32225 germanjax.com
I have avoided this restaurant for a very long time. Lackluster reviews, regarding, food, service and cleanness has contributed to the decision. I recently learned one of Jacksonville favorite chefs Steve Rue Thurston, is now at the helm, so that prompted a road trip. The location, is a little challenging, the restaurant is located in the shopping center that house Fresh Market and Stein Mart. It is on the side space away from the road by Fresh Market.
The new menu has been totally updated, to reflect the true German experience, as well as lighter options. The link at the top of the page will take you there, so check it out. The beer menu is robust, offering the most popular German drafts as well as bottled choices.
Food wise, we started off with a house salad and the must have Potato Pancakes.
The quark was different from sour cream normally served with this dish, I found it a compliment to the apple sauce. I am catching memories of my childhood here, and it was quite rewarding.
Up next main dishes, for my guest Pork Braten, (Schweinebraten) and I went with the Beef Stroganoff and a side of Red Cabbage.
Finally finished we dared to tackle the dessert Apple Strudel and a Blueberry Cheese cake.
My friend found this a bit dry, and left it. To the credit of the staff and restaurant, the server removed it from the check, nice classy touch.
As you can see someone was unable to wait for the picture to be snapped, the dish was perfect when it arrived. This not the cheesecake I grew up with, as a New York native, my experiences with cheesecake thick, dense creamy. This was none of those yet it was most appealing. One could taste the freshness of the berries, the texture, creamy but not the heaviness I was accustomed to. We finished this off with glee.
So I am already working on my next visit, and encourage you to make the trip. If you need to read the reviews, please look at the posting dates, and don’t confuse old postings with what is going on now. Bring your friends, the tables are set up for the bier garten experience.