East County Times Dining Guide



Eichenkranz Restaurant



Article & Photos by Allison McAlister

Featuring authentic German dishes such as sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and hasenpfeffer, as well as traditional American fare, Eichenkranz is a hidden gem in Highlandtown. A landmark restaurant in the neighborhood since the 1930s, owners Harold and Audrey Bowles have been at the helm since 1990 and continue to serve up the fine German cuisine for which the restaurant has always been known. The elegant dining room conveys a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere and the wait staff is very friendly, knowledgable and attentive. My coworkers and I had a wonderful lunch there on a recent weekday. Of course, we simply had to try some German fare, but we also sampled a few of their other offerings from their extensive continental menu. We started off with an appetizer of Steamed Shrimp. Cooked with onions and lots of Old Bay, these nice-sized shrimp were so succulent. Juicy and flavorful, these shrimp were a big hit at the table. We also tried the Eastern Shore Crab Balls, best described as bite-size lump crab cakes. Featuring a generous amount of crab and not a lot of filler, these morsels were well seasoned and contained nary a shell, which is of utmost importance to we critics. We gobbled them up. For our main entr?, we went with the Jager Schnitzel, the Turkey Club and the Wurst Platte. The jager schnitzel is a fresh scaloppini veal cutlet, tenderized, breaded and cooked to a golden brown then topped with a brown mushroom gravy with fresh saut? mushrooms. This was scrumptious! The veal was so tender and the mushroom gravy was really good. It kind of reminds me of country fried steak, remarked one of my coworkers, only way more tender. The Turkey Club, served with potato chips and a pickle, comes piled high with turkey and topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. This is one hearty and very good sandwich! The wurst platte features three different German sausages - Knockwurst, Bratwurst and Baurenwurst. All three were incredibly flavorful and really yummy, but the favorite was the Knockwurst. We recommend the hot mustard for dipping. Be sure to accompany these with either the sauerkraut or the red cabbage, both of which are fabulous. As are two other vegetable sides we tried - the German green beans and the glazed carrots. The green beans are divine, best described as cooked in the same tangy sauce used in German potato salad. The carrots were cooked in a sweet glaze that was so good, one of my coworkers remarked, Its almost like dessert! Speaking of dessert, even though we were stuffed, we just couldnt resist finishing our meal with the Warm Apple Strudel with vanilla cream sauce. Topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, this warm fruity pastry was out of this world. Oh, wow, thats good! a coworker exclaimed. The perfect ending to a delicious and satisfying meal. Eichenkranz, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, is located at 611 South Fagley St. Hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the spacious restaurant and bar area, Eichenkranz also offers an upstairs banquet hall that can accommodate up to 150 people. Equipped with a full service bar, coat room, dance floor, bathrooms and wait station, hundreds of great parties and events have been held in that hall. Inquire about securing the hall for your next function. For more information, call 410-563-7577 or visit www.eichenkranz.com.

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