Traditional German Foods in Heidelberg – Vetter Im Schoneck and Red Ox Inn
Whenever we travel, we make it a point to try the traditional foods of the country or district. In this visit, we ate at 2 such restaurants. Vetter Im Schoneck is in old part of Heidelberg that that serves Crispy Roast Pork Knuckle. We usually try this when in Germany. Red Ox Inn or “Zum Roten Ochsen” is one of the oldest traditional student pubs. It was started in 1703 and still owned by the Spengel Family. It still serves traditional food in the same building with the same interior furnishings and décor.
This travel article describes our experience in eating traditional German Food in Heidelberg.
Vetter Im Schoneck
This is a bierkeller type of restaurant. As we entered, right in front of us, were 2 giant metal copper coloured vats showing that the beer was brewed here. Alas, both of us were here for the German speciality Crispy Pork Knuckle and not the beer. However, prior to coming in, we had looked at from the street what the diners were eating. The servings of pork knuckle looked appetizingly good.
We made our order and looked around at the restaurant. More than half the diners looked as if they were from Mainland China. The giveaway sign was that they had all the courses on the table as they ate. In other words, starter, mains (one or more), and dessert at the same time. The Chinese, like the Germans, love their pork.
We were seated beneath a hanging basket of hops as we shared the pork knuckle. The skin was not crackling crispy but I found the skin tough. I loved the meat under the skin. It was tender and tasty. The service was extremely efficient and polite.
Red Ox Inn
The culture of university life is very much entrenched in this learned town. A notable place related to students past and present is the Red Ox Inn or “Zum Roten Ochsen”. We dine at the Red Ox Inn pub one night marvelling at the history-soaked ambience of a mini-museum with a plethora of memorabilia of the inn’s past. Faded pictures, paintings, lithographs and various paraphernalia adorn every wall. It was the favourite watering hole of the students in the old days and they left indelible evidence of their presence with graffiti and engravings on the tables and ceiling. Celebrities, famous writers, scholars and politicians such as Bismarck, Mark Twain, Mamie Eisenhower and John Wayne among others had patronised this famous inn. In keeping with tradition, the menu is classic German fare and we dined on a giant sausage slice wrapped in pig’s stomach served with sauerkraut followed by pork schnitzel and beef marinated in apple wine with gravy. Roten Ochsen is a family run outfit owned by the Spengel family for 170 years and is now in the hands of the 6th generation of the family, Philipp Spengel and his wife Anne.
The travel article has described our experiences sampling the Traditional German Food in 2 restaurants in Heidelberg.
We loved the traditional atmosphere of these restaurants as well as the food.
The review of the Vetter Im Schoneck was made by Michael Oon
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