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Billy Blues (im Ziegler)

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Billy Blues Restaurant Heidelberg

Bergheimerstraße 1B 69115 Heidelberg

So Heidelberg has its German restaurants, Thai, Korean, and Chinese eateries, a good amount of fast food joints, Italian bistros, and also some places serving up African cuisine.  What about a good American grill restaurant?  Well, look no farther than Bismarckplatz, where Billy Blues restaurant fits the bill.

 

Step inside the old Ziegler building and you will find three doors without any descriptions on them.  What a mysterious place to be!  The door on the right will lead you to where you will want to go – Billy Blues Bar & Grill.  Here, the mood is rather lively.  There is a full bar with tons of barstools lined up.  Seating is reminiscent of a cocktail lounge.  In keeping with the blues theme, there are framed photos of musicians and music notes decorating the walls.  Jazz and blues from the speakers liven up the place and entertain you while eating.  Late at night, the place transforms into a full scale cocktail bar and the music blasts throughout the joint.  On various nights of the week, there are special events such as salsa Wednesday nights.

One glance at the menu at Billy Blues and you will notice an innovative twist to some traditional dishes.  Asian duck consommé.  South American crabcakes.  Grilled Tuna filet with wasabi butter sauce.  Talk about fusion cuisine!  It’s rather unusual to find such contemporary entrées in a tourist city such as Heidelberg.  But taking such chances differentiates Billy Blues from other ordinary restaurants here.  This makes Billy Blues quite unique.  And that’s not a bad thing at all.

For partygoers, the list of drinks is pretty extensive.  Billy Blues offers long drinks, whiskeys, a limited list of wines, and various cocktail drinks such as coladas, batidas, and shooters.

 

On Tuesday nights, however, Billy Blues offers a finger licking Texas themed All-You-Can-Eat special.  This meal includes all of the chicken wings and BBQ ribs you so desire.  Unlike other buffets, where diners serve themselves, the wings and ribs are cooked to order.  Once you are done with your plate, ask for more and the waiters will bring you more.  This can be a bad thing if you are absolutely starving because it can take up to 10 to 15 minutes for your plate to come to your table.  On the plus side, though, it’s definitely worth the wait!  The first plate is amazingly colossal – enough to feed a king.  Finishing the first plate might be a monumental task in itself!  It comes with about three slabs of back ribs slathered in their homemade BBQ sauce, fifteen crispy bone-in chicken wings, a soft, fluffy baked potato with sour cream on top, and a tiny ‘salad’ with cucumber slices and a tomato segment.

The flavorful BBQ sauce is more sweet than tangy here.  It tastes a lot better with the chicken wings than with the ribs – only because the sauce penetrates the wings a lot better.  Chicken wings are piping hot and have a satisfying crunch, almost like mini fried chicken.  It’s good enough to eat by itself, without the sauce, yet they aren’t terribly greasy.  The ribs are a mixed bag – on some ribs, the meat will fall right off the bone, on others the meat has to be chewed off.  The potato is rather ordinary and the lack of butter is disappointing.  Though a good complement to the portion of meat.

 

For only 9,50 €, it’s a little puzzling why this monstrous meal is such a good deal.  Billy Blues is closed Sundays and Mondays, so the chefs may be looking to get rid of meat that has been lingering around for the weekend.  Nonetheless, as long as the meat comes scorching hot to the table, this is a great find for those special Tuesday nights.  Bring the gang, unloosen your belts, order plenty of water, and get down and dirty at Billy Blues.

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Summary:

Situated near Bismarckplatz in Heidelberg, Billy Blues is a barbeque bar and grill featuring TexMex, Cajun, and California cuisine in a hip, trendy environment.  Live entertainment acts performed at night.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • All-You-Can-Eat Tuesdays – 5/5
    • BBQ Chicken Wings – 5/5
    • BBQ Ribs – 4/5
    • Baked Potato – 4.5/5
  • Service – 4/5

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http://www.billyblues.de

Written by geschmack

December 22nd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Pizza Hut

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Pizza Hut Heidelberg

Hauptstraße 111 69117 Heidelberg

Pizza Hut.  Arguably one of the most popular fast food restaurant chains in the United States.  But how does the tomato sauce compare in another country?  Does the pizza taste better as you get closer to Italy – the birthplace of pizza?  What about the preparation of chicken wings in Germany?  Anything unusual about Pizza Hut in Deutschland?

 

Walk inside this Pizza Hut for the first time and you might feel a bit lost.  There are no cash registers to walk up to, no service counters to wait in line for.  It might take a moment for you to realize that Pizza Hut here is not your quintessential fast food joint like in the States, but rather an actual sit-down and order restaurant.  One glance inside and you will surely be amazed at how elegant the restaurant looks.  The dining area is so upscale and trendy – almost enough to qualify as fine-dining.  There are plenty of tables – dark brown polished wooden tables – here, enough to accommodate large parties and families.  Silverware awaits you at your table.  There is even an open service counter window through which diners can see the kitchen staff at work.  This alone definitely makes dining here an exciting experience.

The menu at this Pizza Hut is, unexpectedly, rather extensive.  There are a large number of appetizers, including country potatoes, crispy mushrooms, quesadillas, chicken sticks, and chicken wings.  In addition to your typical types of pasta, lasagna and gratins are also offered.  What makes Pizza Hut here unique is the variety of desserts listed on the menu.  Not only can you order hot pancakes and Belgian waffles here, but also donuts, Panna Cotta, and ice cream.  Wine and beer are also served up.

 

Order the 2,90 € chicken wings and you get 6 hot pieces – 3 drummettes and 3 wings – a choice of dipping sauce (Sour Cream, Barbecue, Guacamole, Ketchup, or Mayo), and a towelette.  Forget to mention your desired dip and you will get BBQ – which is a bit smoky and sweet.  Nothing spectacular about the presentation of the dish, but that’s expected.  The chicken wings are seasoned well and taste perfectly fine without any sauce.  Think miniature rotisserie chicken wings.  Of course, add on the sauce and the flavor changes drastically.  Unfortunately, Pizza Hut in Germany does not offer Buffalo styled wings so you will surely be disappointed if you want something spicy.

The pizzas at a German Pizza Hut are similar to the pies back home.  Naturally, a wide variety of toppings are available, in addition to a select number of crusts (pan pizza, New York style, and stuffed crust).

Ask for a Margherita pan pizza and you will essentially get a cheese pizza.  The mozzarella cheese is bubbly, gooey, and delicious; the pizza is cooked fresh and served steaming hot in a pizza tray.  The texture of the dough is nice and fluffy – delicate and delectable.  Crust is crisp.  Surprisingly, the tomato sauce in Germany has the same taste as in the US.  A normal sized pizza is approximately 23 cm, a bit larger than a personal pan pizza.  At 4,50 € it is a reasonably priced pie that can easily be shared by two people.

Pizza Hut will easily satisfy your cravings for something simple, familiar, and delicious.  Stop by for the food and sit down for an amazingly pleasant dining experience.

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Summary:

Pizza Hut is an American pizza restaurant chain serving a large variety of pizzas, along with an assortment of side dishes including pasta, salad, chicken wings, garlic bread, and desserts.  Great value for the price.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
               Friday, Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
               Sunday 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Chicken Wings (6 Pieces) – 4.5/5
  • Cheese Pizza (Margherita Mit Tomatensauce und Mozzarella-Käse) – 4/5
  • Service – 5/5

 

http://www.pizzahut.de

Written by geschmack

December 3rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm