After leaving the Central Florida Zoo, my daughter, Taylor, and I happened upon the cute little town of Sanford, Florida. Standing proud in the middle of the busy part of town was an awesome looking German restaurant which I immediately decided to try. Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe did not disappoint!
Why We Went: The Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe offers German food; in case you missed it, authentic German food.
What We Had: The gourmet potato pancakes for an appetizer, plus Riesen Brezen and Wiener Schnitzel for lunch. The Riesen Brezen is a 10″ giant pretzel served with the most delicious German mustard and Obadza, a beer cheese spread.
Something Special: The menu at this restaurant is “out of sight”! It is a newspaper style paper loaded with menu options, games, descriptions, and more. They encourage you to take it home with you, which I did.
Noteworthy: Our waitress, Debbie, was awesome. She was helpful with the menu, attentive with the service, plus gave us a trivia question to win a magnetic cling-on.
Best Part of the Meal: The wiener schnitzel is prepared in traditional Bavarian style and was scrumptious. The schnitzel comes in either pork, veal, or chicken. My entree was accompanied by sweet red cabbage and Käse Späetzle, which are homemade egg noodles with sautéed onions, butter, and Swiss cheese. Oh-la-la!
Bonus: Willow Tree Cafe offers family style meals that feed 4-6 people. Next time I am bringing some friends so I can try everything on the King’s Feast. They also have live entertainment on weekends and an amazing selection of beer including my favorite German beer, Bitburger.
What Needs Improvement: They need a restaurant in my hometown, Vero Beach.
Total Check Before Tip: $29.29
My Rating Scale: 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8 1/2