Bill and I have lived in Unterjettingen for almost four whole years. Unterjettingen is just on the edge of Böblingen County, but feels pretty far removed from the area near Panzer Barracks. We feel like we’re pretty much out in the country… more like we’re in Calw, the border of which is maybe two or three kilometers away. When most Americans think of Böblingen, they probably think of the downtown area, which is very built up. Where Bill and I live, it’s pretty rural. There’s a tiny village called Sindlingen just next to us, where there’s a farm that sells fresh produce, there’s a Christmas tree lot, and a horse farm owned by a former Olympian. I’m not sure, but I think the horse farm is a castle that doubles as a B&B. Every year, there’s also a large horse show that I can’t bring myself to watch.
I must confess that my heart kind of breaks every time we drive through tiny Sindlingen. I grew up riding and showing horses and I haven’t been in the saddle in decades. I really miss having horses in my life; I would rather hang around them and dogs than most people. I usually catch myself looking wistfully at the horses who cross the road as their riders take them on a lovely hack in the beautiful countryside. Dammit, I miss that so much! Someday, when Bill finally retires, maybe I’ll have a horse again… and a smart alecky donkey, too.
Another thing that has always intrigued me, at least until tonight, was the large Sindlinger Hof restaurant. Ever since 2014, Bill and I have passed this impressive looking facility that always seemed to be closed. After awhile, we got the sense that it only opened for private events. So, since September 2014, we’ve been passing this restaurant, wondering if we’d ever have the chance to try it. Well… tonight, we finally got the opportunity. Apparently, the Sindlinger Hof was taken over by a Greek restauranteur. Although it says “Sindlinger Hof” outside, the restaurant is now called “El Greco”. Bill noticed a sign indicating it was going to be open, so we decided to try it tonight.
The first thing to know about El Greco in Sindlingen is that it’s got plenty of parking. Right next to the restaurant is a country lane where I’ve seen many riders and horses… and tonight, we did encounter some evidence that horses had been near the restaurant. Having cleaned my fair share of stalls, I know what fly picked manure looks like. Not that I fault the restaurant for that, of course. I find horse manure a lot less offensive than dog poo, and there was no sign of that tonight.
When we approached the very attractive and busy terrace, we were told that all of the tables were reserved. We decided to eat inside. I’m glad we did, even though it was a bit warm this evening. The inside of the restaurant is very attractive. There’s a long row of nice booths alongside wide windows, and plenty of comfortable tables and chairs. The bar area is especially nice, although it doesn’t appear to be set up for drinkers. I didn’t see a lot of different libations there, just beer and wine and extra dishes.
Bill prays Mormon style as he looks at the menu, which offers both German and Greek dishes.
One or two of the very busy servers appeared to be a little bit nervous. I don’t know exactly how long El Greco has been operating, but it kind of had the feel of opening night. There were a lot of people there. I noticed that the staff was competent, but seemed like they weren’t quite in sync. I’m sure that will come in time. Since it was our first visit, we decided to have some tried and true choices. I went with gyros and Bill had souvlaki.
We each enjoyed salads, which were very good. I especially liked the dressing, which was kind of a light mustard vinaigrette. Then, some time later, a cook brought out our main courses.
Bill enjoys his souvlaki, which was delicious… tasted like it came right off the grill.
And I had gyros that were better than usual… I even enjoyed the pommes, which tasted fresh. I finished half of this and brought the rest home for later. Takeaway was no problem.
A look at the bar area. It’s very nice! I’m sure this facility was built for the horse events that take place across the street, but we rarely saw it open. It’s out in the country, so maybe it doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves…
There’s a lot of seating, although most people preferred to sit outside.
Dinner was very good, although it took some time to get our plates cleared and the check presented. Bill had to ask again for the bill. Again, I think it’s because they just opened and had a lot of business. The service itself was professional and friendly, if not a bit harried. I think once they get into a groove and aren’t so new anymore, it’ll be a nice place to have Greek food. And… bonus is that it’s within walking distance of where we live. It’s not as close as Dimi’s was, but it’s certainly reachable by foot if the weather is nice.
Bill enjoys a house shot of ouzo. I give them props for not giving me fruit juice! Both the pepper and the ouzo had a kick, too.
And this is the view you get on the way out…
Not a great shot of the terrace, but I didn’t want to be too obvious.
Total bill for tonight was 35 euros, which Bill rounded up to 40. The waitress thanked us for coming in and said she hoped we’d be back. On a side note, I had one of those thrilling experiences of actually understanding a lot of what was said to me tonight. I call that a big win! Hopefully, this place will stay open awhile so we can go back and try some of their other stuff.
Edited to add: My German friend has provided a link to an article about the people running this restaurant and another they have in Horb. Open the link in Google Chrome to get the translated version.