|The start of PB|
- Biscuits & Gravy
- Enchilada Sauce
- Mexican Rice
- Poached Egg
- Pico de Gallo& Salsas
- Peanut Butter
- Refried Beans
- Salad Dressings galore (Honey Mustard, Ranch, Raspberry Balsamic,Caesar)
- Croque Monsieur
|Look at that Mexi deliciousness!|
|(But please no Sülze)|
But there is one wurst that sounded like the worst (I know, I know - terrible). Blutwurst - known in different cultures as black pudding, blood pudding or simply blood sausage - is a traditional dish and the name says it all. It is made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Sound tasty? It didn't to us.
When a friend told us about the oldest bar in Berlin and it's delicious Blutwurst we looked at each and realized the time had come. Let's chow down on some blood.
Wilhelm Hoeck was opened in 1892 with a large distillation center and tasting room. Artifacts like an oar and certificate awarded to the founders's son for winning the Gold medal in the 1932 Los Angeles's Olympic Games still line the wall. They are proud of their natural ingredients and make everything in-house. Our waitress was the rare bird in Berlin offering excellent customer service and the whole meal just felt special. The bar and restaurant were filled with people who looked like they had been here since the beginning (read older), but it was such a lovely place I wouldn't mind becoming a regular.
|Pork Belly with beer sauce|
|Our family & lovely dining companions|
The most common variant of German Blutwurst is made from pork rind, pork blood and regionally different fillers such as barley. The version we ate most resembled a specialty of Cologne, the Himmel und Erde (Heaven and Earth) which combines apple sauce, mashed potatoes and Blutwurst served hot on one plate. Our version was some beautifully sweet & cinnamony cooked apple slices on top of the Blutwurst and a potato puree.
(Apparently a traditional Berlin version is hot Blutwurst mixed with liverwurst and potatoes called "Tote Oma" or "Dead Grandma".)
The good news? Divine. Legendary. Delicious.
The bad news? We might be ruined on other Blutwurst forever.
|Get in my belly!|
Note that there is a bar, and a restaurant and we were asked which we preferred when making reservations. The restaurant was casually upscale with an open kitchen. I enjoyed watching the chef work and the mellow atmosphere. The bar was more jovial with an old tavern feel. We will back to sample your wares bar....
Address: Wilmersdorfer Straße 149, 10585 Berlin
: 030 3418174
Price range: 8- 14 euros for a meal; beers 3.50
If you haven't gotten your fill of Blutwurst after Wilhelm Hoeck, this place might do the trick. Get a feel for this place in this lovely video via Econet: