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Benjamins American Diner (Update)

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Gorxheimer Straße 9 68309 Mannheim

2 kilograms of sheer hamburger meat, topped with slices of cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, raw white onions, pickles, and ketchup, sandwiched between two sesame seed buns measuring 30 cm (about 1 foot) in diameter.  If you’re looking for the ultimate test of man versus burger, an ordeal of pure gluttony and fortitude, then look no further than Benjamins American Diner in Mannheim.  Here, you can test the capacity of your stomach with their XXL burger – a true monster, indeed!

Benjamins American Diner is an American restaurant establishment located along a long highway, next to a US army base installation in Käfertal.  Classic American items, such as burgers, salads, sandwiches, BBQ pork loins, ribs, and steaks, highlight the menu.  Breakfast items, including pancakes, eggs, ham, and bacon, are also featured.  Moreover, there are a couple of Mexican items like Mexican salad and Mexican rice.  The menu is printed in both German and English and features many rich images and photographs of the food.  The actual booklet is impressively designed and is reminiscent of typical American restaurant menus.  Special summer dishes, including salads and desserts, are also available on a laminated menu.

Drinks include a nice selection of popular American soft drinks like A&W root beer, Dr. Pepper, and Mountain Dew, as well as different types of beer (including Corona).   Their homemade sweet tea is refreshing.  Served with a slice of lemon, the cool drink is thirst-quenching and satisfying on a hot, summer day.

Appetizers include spicy chicken wings, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, potato wedges, nachos, and cheesy fries.  Soups are also served during the colder months.

Onions rings are thick, crispy, and extremely addicting.  They are battered in beer and fried to a golden brown.  Onions are sweet and have the perfect ratio of batter to onion.  The flavor is simply outstanding – some of the best you’ll ever find.  Furthermore, the rings aren’t overly greasy.  This appetizer is certainly an excellent starter.  The only shortcoming is the small amount of onion rings given in an order – around 8 rings for 3,90 €.

 

The colossal XXL burger is an experience in itself.  An exercise in mastication and determination, only the finest eaters will be able to conquer such a colossal beast.  Served on a huge serving platter (conceivably a Thanksgiving turkey serving dish), the 2 kg burger is accompanied by crisp fries on each side.  Conquering this behemoth requires absolute skill and a strong stomach.  The hamburger patty itself amounts to a little over an inch in thickness; the bun approximately two inches.  Simply managing the burger is a huge obstacle in itself – you surely won’t be able to bite off a portion of the burger in a single bite as it is just utterly impossible.  It may be safe to say that this burger is indomitable by mere mortals – only the finest eaters could overcome such a monster.

The burger meat is juicy and seasoned well; the flavor enhanced by the melted cheese and condiments.  Due to the gigantic size of the patty, it does taste a bit like meatloaf.  The sesame seed bun is somewhat tough to cut and bite into, though it is a contrast of textures with the succulent meat.  Taking into account the massive amount of meat, the condiments are not individually noticeable.  An occasional tomato or pickle will add a flavor burst, but the burger dominates everything else.  Cheddar cheese is a welcome sight and provides a delightful gooey texture.

 

What’s a burger without fries?  The fries here are cooked well and finely salted. A side portion costs 2,50 €; seasoned fries 2,60 €.  The seasoned fries are nothing spectacular – seasoning salt is loosely sprinkled over regular fries.  As an alternative, chili cheese fries can be ordered off of the menu.

Like the previous visit, the service on this visit was top-notch.  Upon entrance into the diner and throughout the entire meal, the staff was friendly, attentive, and patient.  You will almost always find a warm smile from every staff member.  One waitress, in particular, was outstanding.  Her politeness and general sociable demeanor made the dining experience even better.  With her New York English accent, she politely addressed each diner with a ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ that is quite uncommon nowadays.  Although the dining room was packed, food came out in a reasonable amount of time.  Plates and empty glasses were also taken away promptly – very impressive considering the situation.

The burgers at Benjamins American diner are better than any you would find at any fast food joint here in Germany.  The ribs and chicken wings are also better than most.  Tack on the superior service, relaxed dining room atmosphere, and American sports on big screen TVs and Benjamins American Diner is quite possibly the best American restaurant in the entire region, if not in all of Germany.  The unique buffet specials also add a special flair to this establishment that will have diners coming back for more.

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Summary:

Hands down the best diner in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan region, Benjamins American Diner dishes up authentic, quintessential American style cuisine, including traditional American breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, BBQ ribs, steaks, and chicken wings, in a classic, retro style diner.  Prices reasonable.  Excellent American style service.  All-You-Can-Eat: Mondays – Ribs, Wednesday – Wings, Sunday – Breakfast.  Reservations highly recommended.  Home of the XXL 2 kg burger – the largest of its kind in the city and perhaps in the region!  Major American credit cards accepted.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 11 PM 
        Saturday: 9:00 AMMidnight
        Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11 PM

 

Overall – 5 stars

  • Onion Rings – 4.5/5
  • XXL Burger – 5/5
  • French Fries – 4/5
  • Seasoned Fries – 3/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.benjamins-diner.de

Written by geschmack

July 16th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

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