Some time ago, Bill was looking for local restaurant possibilities for us and he stumbled across Restaurant Waldgeist. Located near a Sportsplatz in Hofheim, this restaurant boasts an impressive Biergarten, which wasn’t operating today due to the suddenly cool temperatures, and lots of indoor seating. It’s also known for its huge portions.
I don’t love places that dish out huge portions because I can never finish and stuff has a tendency to go to waste. Also, I end up eating more than I should or really need to eat. However, I was curious about this restaurant due to its Biergarten and its “Hessisch” kitchen. Here’s where you can get your green sauce, Handkäse, or Spundekäs. They also have burgers, schnitzels, ribs, steaks, and sausages.
We didn’t make a reservation. Apparently, it’s not a bad idea to call ahead on Saturdays, because when we showed up, we were relegated to “table 9”, that is, a side room where another couple was sitting with their two enormous and well behaved dogs. We were given a two top table and I sat on a bench that was a little too high for it. My legs dangled and I leaned forward to keep my back from getting too sore from the awkward position. I didn’t have a chance to look in the other rooms. It appeared to be kind of a sprawling place with lots of rooms. The room we were in was clearly not the popular place to sit.
The waiter brought us laminated tri-fold menus, which kind of annoyed me, since I had to balance on the awkward bench as I opened the tri-fold menu that would not stay open on its own. Nevertheless, I had already decided to order spare ribs, which I only do every once in awhile. The smallest portion is 2 pieces, but you can order up to 4 pieces. And you can also wash it down with a two liter Krug of beer if you want to. For once, I exercised restraint and had a half liter of Hefeweizen. Bill went with a Dunkelweizen and a “small” schnitzel.
We waited for awhile. At one point, a waiter tried to deliver the other couple’s schnitzels to us. When they brought out our food, my exact words were “Damn, that’s big!” The waiter laughed.