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Café Extrablatt

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Hauptstraße 162 69117 Heidelberg

If you’re yearning for some burgers, salads, or pasta while roaming the streets of Heidelberg, but don’t feel like popping into a McDonald’s or Burger King, a good place to visit is one of the two Café Extrablatt locations found along the Hauptstraße in the main city center.  Café Extrablatt is sort of like a cross between a Red Robin and a Pizza Hut – a chain of casual restaurants that feature typical American style foods.  In fact, in addition to the two in Heidelberg, there are more than 50 Café Extrablatt locations in Germany!

  

The Café Extrablatt restaurant near the large church features an impressive open layout.  Here, the architecture and light fixtures are absolutely magnificent – completely unexpected.   The café/restaurant is divided into separate areas, characterized by different style seating arrangements – in one corner, the accommodations are composed of high bar stools with matching tables, in another there are wicker chairs with wooden tables, along the side walls is a cushioned booth seating layout, and in the back of the restaurant are elegant, cushioned sofa style chairs, sort of like the ones found in a café.  Of course, there is also an extensive bar with bar stools overlooking the entire restaurant.  The prime seats are the ones looking out the windows at the front – perfect for people watching.

 

Food at Café Extrablatt is pretty ordinary American cuisine.  In addition to burgers and pizza, the menu also features your usual starters, such as mozzarella sticks, chicken strips, and French Fries.  Order the Cajuns, priced at € 2,95, and you will get a good amount of piping hot, thick cut steak fries, seasoned with cayenne pepper and served with your choice of two dipping sauces.  Dips include aioli, BBQ sauce, curry dipping sauce, ketchup, mango dip, mayonnaise, and sweet chili sauce.  Surprisingly, the aioli goes extremely well with the spuds.  The garlic and olive oil match the texture of the potatoes quite well.

 

The € 7,95 Lasagne al Forno falls flat.  Sadly, the dish isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with meat and Bolognese sauce.  In fact, there is very little ground meat sandwiched between the six layers of pasta.  Furthermore, there is barely any cheese to be found amongst the various pasta sheets.  Where’s the ricotta?  Although there is plenty of mozzarella cheese baked on the uppermost layer, the dish would be better served with alternating layers of cheese and pasta a la traditional style lasagna.  In terms of flavor, the dish tastes like your typical lasagna – nothing special.

Overall, Café Extrablatt has an incredible dining atmosphere, but only mediocre food.  Come to relax and unwind, grab a beer at the bar, or order some cake and coffee.

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Summary:

Situated on the Heidelberg Hauptstraße in the city center, Café Extrablatt is a good, casual dining restaurant/café featuring a large assortment of typical American cuisine – burgers, salads, pizza, pastas, and soups.  A good selection of hot and cold drinks.  Moderately priced.  Breakfast also available.

Overall – 3.5 stars

  • Cajuns – 4.5/5
  • Lasagna al Forno – 3/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.cafe-extrablatt.com/

Written by geschmack

February 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm