German Cafe
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Down the Road from the OK Corral...gemütlich!
People come to the SE corner of Arizona for its Wild West vibe: the saloons of Tombstone, the mining town of Bisbee, the Apache stronghold in the Chiricahua mountains...But German food? Unexpected--but deliciously present! On a nondescript side street in the town of Sierra Vista, you can get your fill of spaetzle and schnitzel at the German Café. Really, it's worth the 35-minute drive down the highway from Tombstone. The exterior is unassuming, but step inside and you'll feel "gemütlich' (cozy & comfortable) in its Gasthaus interior. The restaurant was even named, last year, as one of Arizona's best by Arizona Highways magazine... The hearty classics are all here: Schnitzel--either jäger, wiener, or zigeuner; Currywurst mit Pommes Frites, Pork Rouladen with Red Cabbage and Knödel, (dumplings), a variety of Wurst, and for dessert, always a selection of house-baked Kuchen...and natürlich: German beers. Deutschophiles in the desert--come on down... Sierra Vista isn't exactly a 'destination,' although birdwatchers do flock to Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. But nearby Fort Huachuca has made this small town unexpectedly international; over the years soldiers have settled here with their international wives--you'll overhear German and Korean in addition to Spanish while in the supermarket. A day-trip from Tucson might include driving south through the high grassland wine-country near Sonoita and Elgin, ending up here in Sierra Vista for dinner: Guten Appetit!
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