Heidelberg is nearly 80 years old, the last German restaurant standing in the once-thriving Germantown of Yorkville, yet it hasn’t lost its chops. A recent Chowhound update reports hearty classics served with plentiful good vibes and gemütlichkeit. Among the winning starters are crisp, light potato pancakes; refreshing cucumber salad; and spätzle in rich Emmentaler sauce. Satisfying entrées include jäger schnitzel with a terrific cream sauce full of mushroom and onion, and an occasional special of perfectly done rack of lamb. Portions are generous—keep in mind that desserts like eis kaffe (coffee poured over vanilla ice cream) and palatschinken (crêpes filled with marmalade or Nutella) are worth saving room for.

Photo of Heidelberg's cucumber salad and potato pancakes by JH Barbee

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