The Hungry Wanderers

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Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 19, 2009

There is exactly one German restaurant in Charlotte, as far as my wife and I can tell. We try to go there about once every two to three months. It’s good German food. It’s called Waldhorn. Since we had visitors, we asked them if they’d like to try it. No surprise, they did.
My recommendation: If you want real German food in Charlotte, I don’t know that you have a choice. The food is pretty authentic (mind you, my wife and I were in Germany over the holidays), and the atmosphere rocks. Check it out.
Overall: Since it really doesn’t have any competition, it’s hard to award the Waldhorn first place. But even from the outside, you can tell that an authentic experience resides within. Fun friendly, but distinctly non-German service brings you exceptional meals and full litres of beer.
Ambiance: All the trimmin’s you might expect from Germany. There is German music. The building is built to look like a Brauhaus, both inside and out, with large exposed wooden beams, and a distinctly Bavarian look. Fridays and Saturdays, they even have live entertainment.
Menu: All things German: spaetzel, bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel (I know it’s Vienese, but it’s LIKE German), knockwurst, sauerkraut, etc. etc. etc. It’s all there, and it’s all good. They also have a great selection of German beers, including my favorite German beer, Spaten (pilsner und dunkel). They have also begun carrying Mecklenburg’s authentic German beer from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
Something you won’t find on most menus: If the uniqueness of the cuisine itself isn’t enough, you are offered pretzel bread while you wait for your meal. It’s like a pretzel baked in the shape of a roll. I have never seen it in Germany, but it’s awesome in Pineville.
Service: If I had to pick out a weak spot for the Waldhorn, it would be the service. To be clear, the servers are friendly and attentive, but they are about as authentic as “Molly” who helped me with my United flight reservation over the phone last week. They simply do not know much about the cuisine. Frequently, if you ask them something, they need to go ask someone that knows (the chefs).
Food: I have begun to settle on the Schweizer Schnitzel (Swiss Schnitzel). It’s a pork cutlet stuffed with black forest ham and swiss cheese, and lightly fried. It’s served with a vegetable and spaetzel, but I usually swap the vegetable for sauerkraut. Or I just get a side of sauerkraut in addition to the spaetzel and the vegetable.

BTW, if you don’t know what spaetzel is, you’re really missing out. In Germany, it would be akin to french fries or chips as a side (in terms of frequency). It is effectively small potato dumplings served with a light butter sauce, and it’s awesome.
12101 Lancaster Hwy
Pineville, NC 28134

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