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Reader question: Where to get wiener schnitzel in Tacoma?

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm | No Comments »
November 19, 2012 5:28 pm
Hey, what is that under all that gravy? That would be delicious schnitzel, paired with red cabbage, a sour cucumber salad and potato dumplings with gravy.

Dear readers, I love your questions. I try to reply to all of them. This question came from Gloria and Bill Durkee: “Hi Sue, where can we go to eat for a good wiener schnitzel? Years ago we went to the Bavarian on North Division. Their German food was outstanding.” I have the perfect answer, or as close to perfect as I think one can get.

Here’s what I told Gloria and Bill: You want to point your car toward Parkland. You’ll find schnitzel at Bruno’s European Cafe, 10716 A St. S, Tacoma, 253-719-7181 (it is near the intersection of 108th and Pacific Avenue – Frugals is nearby). Bruno’s is a European restaurant serving German, Polish and Eastern European food. They don’t have veal wiener schnitzel (or at least they did not on my last visit), but they do offer excellent jaeger schnitzel (pork cutlet with a mushroom and onion gravy) and a pork schnitzel. They also have latkes, cabbage rolls, goulash and excellent soup. I can’t find anything on the menu I don’t like. A recent review of Bruno’s potato latkes and pickle soup at Oktoberfest Northwest can be found here.

(Don’t know what schnitzel is? It’s a cutlet pounded thin, breaded and fried. Read more here).

Fun Bruno’s fact: Guy Fieri recently was at the cafe filming for the next season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (he also filmed at Crockett’s in Puyallup, Crown Bar and Dirty Oscar’s Annex on Sixth and Fish Brewing and Darby’s in Olympia). Bruno’s owner Krystyna Tomaszewska wrote to me in an email, “It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of stress. Bruno was cooking with Guy Fieri last Friday and the dishes which the host picked were hangover soup and frikadelle with our mushroom gravy. Bruno also showed how to make pickles without vinegar.” I’ll keep you posted on when the episode will air. Local restaurant owners told me the episodes would not air until after the beginning of the year – one owner was told the episode would air around April.

Here’s what others cooked:

Shaun Brobak, owner of Crockett’s in Puyallup, said this via email, “We served Guy the public house meatballs, Mom’s sloppy Joe and fire-grilled artichoke.”

Darby’s said they cooked, “She’s Got N’eggs vegan omelet, oysters Creole Benny, hearty vegetable hash, corned beef hash, shrimp bisque soup, Western burger, blueberry crunch roller, fresh squeezed orange juice, bloody Mary … and a few more but I can’t remember them all now. It was all such a whirlwind this past couple of weeks preparing for the shoot and our brains are all fried!”

I’ll post more about who cooked what for the show before the episodes air.

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