Monday, June 8, 2015

Road Trip #1 - Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford

Recommended Road Trip #1 - Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café in Sanford

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, is a German restaurant (and Umpa Beer Hall) located in Sanford’s downtown Area. Go towards Lake county on Orange Blossom Trail (441).  Then, run right and take Plymouth Sorrento (437) north to 46, turn right and continue over I-4.  It will take you straight into downtown Sanford.  It is about a 30 minute drive. 

Willow Tree opens at 11 am Tuesday through Sunday.  Mondays are closed.  Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it closes at 9Pm.  Friday and Saturday, it closes at 10PM.

It is one of the few Central Florida restaurants known for authentic German food.  A sausage plate runs between nine to twenty bucks. 

The King’s Feast that feeds four to six people prices around fifty-six bucks.  Other meals run between thirteen to twenty-four bucks.

If a patron owns a strong taste for meat, Willow Tree is paradise.  For example, Kassler Lende contains bacon and pork loins. 

Saurbraten is marinated beef.  Schlachthaus Platter Fur Zwei (Butchershop Platter for Two) contains Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Knockwurst, Leberkase and Kassler.  (Yes, all five are meat.)

Yet, the main attraction for my friends and I is Das Boot, a glass boot full of draft beer. You get the 2 liter for twenty-two bucks. 

The 3 liter costs thirty-three bucks.

Thursday through Sunday nights, Jimmy and Eckhard perform. 

Eckhard plays the saw, spoons, and just about anything else whilst getting you to jump around and dance in the aisles.

Our Experience:

Lori and I went by ourselves the first time, and we sat outside on the porch.  I had a great time!  It was like being back in Germany in the Army.  The music, the food, the cool night air...sort of brought it all back for me.

The Yagerscnitchell is to die for although I get something different each time we go.  It's all good authentic German food, just like in the Old Country.

Jimmy and Eckhard were amazing!  Of course it helps if you drink Reisling or Das Boot of beer, and I definitely recommend the Chicken Dance and the Polka.  After that, you should visit the bathroom because your going to need it.

In fact, we liked our first experience so much, that we came back and brought the whole family with us! 

Including my daughter Rebecca...Who had just moved to Tampa as a Junior with two years of College under her belt from Ocoee High School.

We are so proud of her!

 Even Grandma from California came with the second time.  And man can she do a mean Chicken Dance!

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