Location: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe –Sanford, Florida
Date of Visit: 06/21/2019
Florida Stuffed is wrapping up the month of June with a visit to a German restaurant in downtown Sanford, Florida. After featuring another German restaurant a few months ago, I wanted to expand my palette even further. Willow Tree Cafe offers a comfortable dining environment with many authentic German dishes. This place is well-known among the locals and people that work in the area but for those of you that have never been here, you will get a recommendation from Florida Stuffed.
I took my experience with German food another step and went on a binge with their sausages. The staff was friendly, and attentive to other patrons. I did not have any contact with anyone other than my server but she was very pleasant and helpful with my questions on the menu. It gets busy here but you still have plenty of places to sit inside and outside. I enjoyed the background music here too. It definitely added to the experience. I arrived approximately 230PM, and remained approximately forty minutes.
Accessibility: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is located on East 1st Street between Magnolia Avenue and Palmetto Avenue in downtown Sanford, Florida. Parallel parking is available throughout the immediate area. I had to parallel park in a space further down 1st Street. Traffic can get a little thick during lunch time hours in the area.
Customer Service: I was greeted and seated upon entry. My server checked on me a couple of times during my stay and was friendly to me and other patrons she was checking on. She helped me with the menu and had my order out to me in approximately ten minutes.
Dating Scene: This is one place I would recommend for a date if you are looking to try something different. Open seating is available inside and outside. Seating arrangements are comfortable for couples or groups.
Lets Get to the Menu: On this visit, I ordered the Oktoberfest Wurst Teller, which features a choice of two sausages from a list of eight sausages. I chose the Chicken Bratwurst and the Frankfurter, both of which were new on the menu. I ordered sides of Potato Pancakes and Spatzle mit Gravy. I sent the pictures of the food to a few friends while I was eating. I was getting mixed responses on presentation. To me, German food is all about the flavor and this dish had lots of it. The Chicken Bratwurst was an all-chicken sausage with a lamb casing. The chicken had a great flavor, nicely seasoned. The frankfurter was skinless and had a very fresh taste to it. Both were cooked just right, juicy, not dry or hard to cut. I would do both again. The Spatzle mit Gravy was better than regular Spatzle as the egg noodles had a brown gravy on top. Very touch to the egg noodles. The potato pancakes were great. They were a little hard around the edges but still enjoyable to eat. My total came to $16.04 before tip.
Extras: You are within walking distance of banks and other shops in the immediate area. You are approximately fifteen minutes from both Interstate 4 and SR-417 (Tolls).
Restaurant Cleanliness: No issues to report.
Forms of Payment Accepted: Cash or credit card.
Florida Stuffed Keyword(s): Sanford, German