It’s somewhat ironic how I’ll find myself obsessing over what restaurant to review next; only because I owe you readers a damn good review – one worth your well-earned trust and undivided attention. I owe you a review that will (hopefully) drive you to experience the mind-bending food I’m constantly on the prowl for. This week, some chef friends suggested I try the Schnitzel Shack in Rincon, Georgia. Yes, you heard right…THE Schnitzel Shack.
Word on Bull Street is that this “shack” features a marriage between German and Thai cuisine. The concept instantly gnawed at my curiosity and its backstory is very simple: the owners (husband-wife team) are from Germany and Thailand, respectively.
I drove out from downtown Savannah in search of this amazing meal… and 20 or so minutes later, I had arrived at the German-Thai foodie destination of the greater Savannah area. The restaurant is nestled in a small strip mall off Hwy 21 and the drive was a somewhat long one only because of the anticipation of indulging in a highly recommended spot. Joining me was Daniel Gill, a friend and very talented grill “master” at Local 11ten’s kitchen.
As I walked in, I got the impression that I had just missed a party. The first thing I noticed was a very German bar that already screamed “Drink more bier.” The shelves were lined with a different glass for every beer; and let’s not forget the whole wall of steins. I’m sure they belong to their more frequent guests. It was fitting that the bar was also decorated with a few lines of party streamers. Festive enough, right? Their dining room offers communal style seating; expect to make friends!
Their beer selection is great for all you pilsner lovers. Unfortunately, I had to pass on the opportunity to imbibe as I had to work in a few hours and my intentions were always meant for me to have a quick lunch.
I ordered a combination plate ($22) that featured their famous Jäger Schnitzel along with their house made Paprikawurst (sausage). It all came with two sides; I chose the braised red cabbage and awesome spaetzle. (A quick side note: schnitzel is a german staple pork dish where the meat is tenderized, breaded, and fried. It’s usually served with a sauce or gravy.) My schnitzle was breaded and fried to perfection and topped off with a bacon-mushroom gravy. It was delicious, but I’d be lying if I told you that I tasted a shot of Jäger…or subtle hints of one. The Paprikawurst was juicy, tender, and intensely flavored with smoked sweet paprika. I loved the braised cabbage; it really carried the apple and spice flavors that are key to a great German braised cabbage.
Daniel ordered the Thai insipired Basil Schultzel ($16) where the schnitzel was topped off with a basil and sautéed pepper & onions in a soy based sauce. He went for the spaetzle and salad for his sided options. We both enjoyed it, but we did think that the sauce was a little too salty. Did I mention that their spaetzle rocks? It’s nicely seasoned, and not chewy or over-cooked. Make sure to try this!!!!
Just an FYI, my meal could have easily been split with another person but I happen to have been on a “food prowl mission.” Daniel was pretty much caressing his belly by the end of his meal and I know for a fact that it sent him into a food coma. His eyes – glazed over with this “1000 mile stare” – and his grin all but hinted that he just had a great food moment. And yes, I was a pea in that pod as I too was pleasantly surprised. So please do yourself a favor and check this shack out. This place will be worth the drive and wait, if any.
6014 Hwy 21 S
Written by Gustavo Arias
For more information about the Eat Squad, check out their bios here.