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A Taste of Germany has German food on Siesta Key

Somehow mixing German/Bavarian food and the beach just doesn´t seem right, but A Taste ofTaste of Germany4 Germany Bakery & Cafe and Siesta Key end up being a perfect match.

A Taste of Germany is in Siesta Village. Owner Tanja Hofmann opened the establishment in 2011. If the line of patrons on a recent weekday was any indication, the restaurant is a success.

A Taste of Germany serves German breads, rolls, pretzels, cakes, deli sandwiches, Schnitzel (pork or chicken), German brats and weekly specials. Tea and hot cocoa is offered for cold days; ice coffee, ice teas, German beer and wine along with other drinks for warmer beach times. During Season (End of January – April) their hours are from Monday – Sunday -7 Days- from 8am -8pm; off season: Tuesday-Sunday from 8am – 4pm. They are currently open for breakfast and lunch.

Inge Angie enjoying the Schnitzel at A Taste of Germany
Inge Angie enjoying the Schnitzel at A Taste of Germany

There is seating inside and on the outside deck, making the place a perfect spot to stop or grab and enjoy something for the beach.

Parking is available in the lot front and side of Key Corners, too.

Breakfast croissants provide a good morning wake-up. The loaded croissant is filled with tomatoes, lettuce, egg, cheese, bacon, mayo or butter and is priced from $7.99 to $11.89, depending how many eggs and how much bacon you order.

No croissants for you? You can opt from a selection of omelets priced from $8.89 to $12.99. Their specialty bratwurst and onion omelet goes for $10.99.

Another specialty is a Strammer Max: bread with blackforest ham, sunny side up eggs and melted cheese (choices) and a German pickle for $9.99.

For the lighter fare they offer a roll with butter and Schwarzwälderschinken (black forest German ham) for $4.99.

Sandwiches are very popular, and the Robin Sandwich is one of a few specialties.

The sandwich has fresh mozzarella, turkey, lettuce, and pesto on a ciabatta roll. It is served cold or warm with a bag of chips for $10.89. The Roma, a vegetarian sandwich on a multigrain carrot roll or ciabatta roll with tomato pesto, fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, tomato, onion, cucumbers, lettuce with a bag of chips goes for $10.89 (meat can be added for the carnivore).

No German restaurant is complete without bratwurst, and A Taste of Germany offers three varieties,Taste of Germany2 all at $6.99, all served on a Kaiser or crusty roll with German mustard or ketchup and a bag of chips. You can add sauerkraut on it.

The German bratwurst (white) or Bauernbratwurst (red) are pork brats and you can have it as a Curry-Ketchup Brat too. There is also a Chicken Mozzarella-Roasted Garlic Brat. A Bratwurst plate (red, white or Chicken) with Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut and German Mustard costs $9.99.

Brats on the beach? Perfect combo.

Schnitzel Sandwich on a Ciabatta Roll with Lettuce, Onion, Tomatoes, Cheese (choices), German Mustard, Mayo or Ketchup $12.99.

On most days, they offer different home-made German soups such as: German lentil soup, German sauerkraut soup, pea soup, chicken noodle, and a lot more.

They also have weekly specials: Bavarian loaf (pork) with one sunny-side up egg and a small crusty roll with butter at $10.99 or gulasch (Angusbeef) with Spätzle, noodles or potatoes for $13.99.

Black Forest Cherry CakeA Taste of Germany has myriad pastries and cakes. Most change often, all are baked in the shop. Highlights are the black cherry lattice, hazelnut pastry, apple cinnamon-sugar cake, apple spice buttercrumb cake, German dark chocolate cake, homemade German cookies: Spekulatius, vanilla-Kipferl & Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and more. It’s a must to go look. They also have gluten free cakes.

“Everything is German, light, and fresh.” said Robin Hofmann. He added that there are daily & weekly specials, and homemade soups to further tempt the dining desires of patrons.

And, be sure to save room for dessert like a Buzz Bar Alcohol-Infused Ice Cream for ADULTS. This dessert comes in 6 different flavors, such as: Vanilla Daze w/Cognac or the Drunken Cookie w/Bourbon.

A Taste of GermanyA Taste of Germany does prove that German food and the beach make a match on Siesta Key. (5204 Ocean Blvd. 34242 Sarasota, 941-346-1800, www.atasteofgermany.net)