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Heimet House German food in ABQ

RobConnoley | Mar 23, 2015 09:07 AM

Because this place has been ripped on the review pages I wanted to share my positive experience of the place.

I was raised in the Okenfuss family with Uncle Maxmillian and cousin Heidi and lineage that dates back a very long way in Germany and pre-Germany. We eat liver dumplings, cabbage and potatoes for mid-morning snacks, so I know my German food and have eaten at countless German restaurants.

I understand that this place is relatively new and they're doing a really good job. My host and I ate three entrees between the two of us - the meatballs, the wurst plate and the German style stuffed cabbage. We made sure to get as many sides as we could - the German potato salad, the beets, spaetzle, eggplant salad and kraut. Besides the potato salad that was undercooked and so not edible, the rest was not only edible, but eaten. We both agreed that the meatballs were our favorite, but I sure loved my cabbage rolls - almost as good as my mom's. I had one beer and one reisling (I let the server pick and she did great) and both were good. I wish they would clear out all of the non-German drinks...who gives a crap about an Italian wine at a German restaurant! I wanted to see a cool reisling and gewurtz list. It was OK on the reisling, no gewurtz, but brief. I'm the customer who changed your menu - the reds were on the opening side of the menu and whites on the right - doesn't make any sense-feature what your focus is. But minor gaffs.

Our server was very friendly and attentive. Food was good - my host thought everything was underseasoned, and I agreed, but I've always found German food to be underseasoned. None was underseasoned to the point that I added salt, however.

We ended the meal with dessert. They brought the tray over and everything looked a bit weary for the end of the dinner service (that's why dessert trays are generally a bad idea), but we opted for the apple cake. It came out hot - I asked if it was oven or micro and the server said she puts it in the oven herself - and it was so damn good! I expected it to be dry and dense, but it wasn't. So moist and light and ... just perfect.

Absolutely worth a visit. I hope the embrace their German-ness. That's why people go to these places. We want oompa loompa and leiderhosen and big glasses of heavy beers and wursts and potatoes and .... well, you get it, embrace it and enjoy.

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