Brian Brauts and Bobby Goulash were once again probing the murky hinterlands, this time exploring two locations in Warrne, New Jersey. Namely: Schwäbische Alb 142 Washington Valley Rd,Warren, NJ,(908)356-2122
and Rolf's, 65 Sterling Rd,Warren NJ,(908)754-5500.
The process of elimination continues.
The first was not findable. We drovve by whwre Mapquest said it should be and it wasn't there. The phone number "cannot be completed as dialed." If anyone knows otherwise, please advise.
The second involved a lengthy 20 mile detour -- the infamous Sterling Road Detour (the bridge was out) -- and at the end of our circuitous trail was Rolph's. It had a smattering of German fare - brauts, wienerechnitzel (with or without parmesan (?!) - on the menu, but the warning sign was when I asked for German beer at the bar and was shown a Modelo Negro. While there were numerous bottles on the walls and steins and some other artifacts to suggest otherwise, the current incarnation of Rolf's is just a family restaurant with a dreary bar that's ver far out of the way.
Quick, fallback position! So where would you go, in New Jersey as a safe fallback? HELMERS, of course, in Hoboken. Parking was a nightmare, but the beer selection and food was a dream. Particularly good goulash - of a different typoe than our standard bearer at Zum S in Queens, with veggies, more like stew, but very good and peppery. The bread was a disapointemtn, but the main course of schnitzel with bacon n' gravy top notch. Nice place, too, with cdeco bar and booths and giant cookoo clock ( yet with a very small bird - isn't it always the way?)
So the evening was saved, and other rumors of NJ quality German quashed. We still have http://www.gasthaus.com
on the list, which looks promising, but want to link it to another for athe full road trip experience.
I did see a German place in - "Austrian House - Meat and Wurst House" in Honesdale, PA - anybody have any recon on that, please let us know.
Also, some Austio-Hungarian joints to check out here in the city.
We'll report back and keep you informed.