REVIEW: The Village Corner, German Restaurant and Bakery, Stone Mountain, DeKalb
Rarely do I get to indulge in my ethnicity and enjoy some good German food. Its rare that I find someplace that serves German food like my mother does and that is my baseline on which I judge German food. So when someone told me of The Village Corner, I cannot believe that (a) I had not already heard of this German restaurant and (b) that they could even hold a candle to Mom’s German cooking.
I was already impressed because they have the domain germanrestaurant.com – wow. Okay, so they’re pretty serious about it. Then I started doing my research and found that this is a family restaurant – a family from Germany.
We got started with a couple of appetizers – a German Pretzel and German Potato Pancakes. The German Pretzel is huge, as big as a whole plate and served with both a cheese sauce (similar to a cheddar queso) and German hot mustard. It’s salty, and bready, and oh so delicious. The German hot mustard tops it off with fine esteem and you’re be ready to don your lederhosen for the rest of the meal.
The German Potato Pancakes are about the diameter of Coke can and will remind you a lot of Waffle House hash browns (if you don’t get them scattered). Is there any bad way to do potatoes? Never.
Now if the only place you’ve ever heard of schnitzel is Hogan’s Heroes, you are in for a treat. Have no fear, just order. The big reveal – schnitzel is country fried steak, just its pork instead of chicken. Spätzel is an egg-noodle and sauerbraten (sour beef) is a tender beef roast (yes, you can cut it with a fork) that’s covered in a vinegar based gravy-like sauce. It’s got a little bit of a bite to it that is just delicious. This meal was like spending the weekend with my family. This is my new comfort food stop. If I ever get sad or depressed, I’m coming here because this food lifts my spirits.
Melanie ordered the Jaeger Schnitzel. You may have heard the term Jägermeister? Jaeger means hunter in German. Jaeger Schnitzel is just the Wiener Schnitzel accompanied with red wine au jus sauce with mushrooms. Laurie order the regular Wiener Schnitzel. They both got the German Potato Salad, which is served warm.
I had the Sauerbraten. Now, mom normally serves it shredded over mashed potatoes and the bite from the vinegar is MUCH stronger. This was tamed down and served with the spätzel but still worthy of Mom’s seal of approval. I also got the sauerkraut, which you might be familiar with as a accompaniment to hot dogs but not as a side dish. This also, has a nice bite and reminds me of my homeland. I couldn’t go without the German Potato Salad myself, so I had to order an extra side, just for me. If you’re used to Southern Potato salad, this is way off the reservation – you’re in for a real treat.
Finally you cannot leave (after all, this is a bakery), without having dessert. German Chocolate Cake is something a little different, but its simply grand. The Apple Strudel is indescribably good, covered with almonds and fantastic to its very core.
Good German food is so hard for me to find because I grew up eating it and I know what it’s supposed to taste like. Far too often, I am left disappointed and my expectations are left unsatisfied. The Village Corner though, fulfilled my wildest dreams. It was like I was sitting in my mother’s kitchen again and enjoying fantastic German food with her while listening to her tell stories of her German grandfather teasing her in German. My mom is 88 this year and when she visits in just a few weeks, The Village Corner is on my list of Atlanta restaurants to enjoy with her. Guten appetit!