I thought we were going to be homebound this weekend because of my dog Zane’s surgery and subsequent stitches. Fortunately, he’s turned out to be a good patient who is healing nicely. Bill and I had cabin fever after spending all day yesterday holed up in our house drinking beer. I remembered the last time we visited Sindelfingen and passed an attractive looking burger restaurant called Corners. Although I tend to be pretty skeptical when it comes to trying burgers in Germany, I have found a few places that do alright with our American favorite. Corners looked like it had potential, so we decided to try it today.
Bill found a large public parking lot not far from the restaurant. We ended up walking further than we should have and passed a Turkish place that looked and smelled wonderful. As Bill consulted his iPhone for directions, I made a mental note to make another visit to Sindelfingen soon. Then I started heading down the hill. It turned out my sense of direction is quicker and more accurate than Bill’s iPhone is.
The front of Corners…
Corners is located on a corner, very close to the ever popular Funzel Restaurant, which is where we ate the last time we visited Sindelfingen. A few people were sitting outside under the generous awning Corners supplies. We decided to eat inside and took up residence at a table in a corner near the front window. After a quick look at the menu, which was in English, we told our English speaking waiter that we wanted two beers, a Hefeweizen for me and a Kellerbier for Bill.
Although Corners offers steaks and salads, as well as some interesting looking lunch specials, we had come to try the burgers. I chose the Jack Daniels burger, which, along with 200 grams of beef, came with bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. It was also supposed to come with a shot of Jack Daniels Honey, which I presume is some kind of booze. I never got the shot, but that was okay with me. Bill had the U.S. beef burger, which came with 200 grams of U.S. beef, onions, tomatoes, grilled peppers, pickles, house made burger sauce and lettuce. We both had curly fries, which was a nice change from the usual pommes.
Bill checks out the menu. The sound system in the restaurant was playing loud hip hop music that was slightly annoying because it was hard to hear the waiter. Plus, I’m an old fart who doesn’t like that kind of music.
This was my Jack Daniels burger. Bill’s burger was pretty much identical to mine, except it had a yellow burger sauce on it that he said tasted a little like it was mustard based. This burger was pretty big, although it was more bun than meat. I liked that there were packets of ketchup and mayo on the table for the fries.
We both ended up having to cut these sandwiches. My burger had a bit more sauce on it than I would have preferred. You see, I like to eat my sandwiches without a knife and fork. That’s the whole point of a sandwich, right? But I find here in Deutschland, people tend to load up on condiments, which makes eating burgers with one’s hands a bit messy. Fortunately, I grabbed an envelope of silverware that had a napkin tucked in with it. Bill was not as lucky as I was. His envelope was napkinless. The missing napkin turned out to be a recurring theme in absent paper products.
I liked the burger itself. The beef was good, albeit cooked well-done. It was fairly juicy and had a good flavor. I even liked all of the toppings on the burger, including the tomatoes, which I usually remove. But, as I mentioned in my caption, the buns (which did not appear to be house made) were larger than the burgers within them. I was reminded of an 80s era Wendy’s ad…
After I finished eating, I went to the upstairs level to use the restroom and wash my hands. The first stall I tried was out of toilet paper. The second one was adequately supplied. Then I washed my hands, only to find the paper towel dispenser empty. The restaurant appeared to be staffed with only men today. I guess they weren’t thinking of the ladies’ room. The upstairs toilets are something those with mobility issues may want to consider. You have to climb steps to get to the bathroom.
The bar area is nice looking and there are a number of cocktails available. Both the upstairs and downstairs dining areas are nicely decorated and inviting, although the music was a little loud.
We decided to stop at one beer and come home to check on Zane. Our bill came to just under 26 euros, which I thought was pretty reasonable. Corners appears to be pretty popular with the American crowd and obviously caters to us. I enjoyed my burger, although I hope next time we visit, someone will have stocked the ladies’ room and silverware with paper products. Overall, I’d say it’s a decent place to get a burger, though. Just be sure to ask for extra napkins!