Schnitzel Night at Restaurant Steinalb
The rhythmic pounding of a meat mallet greeted our family as we made our way into the authentic German eatery. Right away, the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff made us feel as though we’d been invited to have dinner in someone’s home.
Every Friday evening is Schnitzel Night (Schnitzelabend) at Bann’s Restaurant Steinalb. For 8.50 euros, you are offered a breaded and pan-fried pork cutlet smothered in your choice of homemade sauce, along with a side of Pommes, Spätzle or croquettes and a traditional salad tossed in tangy vinaigrette.
The most difficult decision you will have to make is which topping and accompaniment to choose.
Familiar with creamy Raum and Jäger sauces, we opted for something we had never tried before on our first visit to Restaurant Steinalb. I decided on tender mushrooms while my husband chose onions sautéed in savory herbed butter. Our sides — crispy Pommes and steamy potato croquettes — were served family style, piled high in the kind of bowl you would find on Grandma’s dining room table.
Rumor has it, the best schnitzel in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) can be found at this fifth generation family-owned restaurant, and I can’t say I disagree. Owners Karl and Karina Schneider have made it their goal to carry on their family’s culinary legacy.
Find out more about their restaurant at steinalb.de.
Photos by Courtney Woodruff