Bauamtsgasse 7, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
SchnitzelbankThis hole-in-the-wall restaurant was once a cooper's workshop that made barrels for local wine makers, before becoming a small wine tavern. Nowadays its modest confines have been made cosy with a few simple wooden tables (actually they're the former workbenches once used for the barrels), a smattering of candles and some old tools from the workshop as decor. The draw? Well there's the special and intimate atmosphere that comes from bunch of strangers eating almost at the same table, but also the welcoming ambiance that comes from it being family-run since 1992. Then, of course, there's the menu, which offers hearty specialty dishes from Baden and the Pfalz region: Schäufele (pickled and smoked pork shoulder), Saumagen (meat-and-potato stuffed into a sow's stomach), some delicious creamy Käsespätzle, and a variety of Schnitzel dishes. The wines are also excellent; it’s usually busy, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.