I recently saw a new and different place pop up one one of the restaurant review sites that I follow: Andre’s Kitchen – German Food! I had no doubt that Richard would be thrilled about this (Germanophile that he is!). What also caught my eye was the out-of-the way location of this establishment: Moncks Corner (2575-A South Live Oak Drive, on Highway 17-A to be exact). Hmmmmm. I was really curious now.
So one hot summer Saturday we headed to Moncks Corner in search of Andre’s Kitchen. And there it was, out in kinda the middle of nowhere. It reminded Richard and me of one of those old roadside diners that decorated Highway 66 back in the day. It was simply decorated and sweet as could be. It also is the “real deal”, with a chef who certainly gave the impression of originally hailing from Germany. The menu included photos of the offerings, to help with decision-making. And there was certainly some decision-making to do. While not large, the menu had tempting offerings including not only traditional German specialties (such as homemade bratwurst and schnitzel) but also doener kebab. Apparently, the doerner kebab is a Turkish meat dish (most often made from lamb and similar to shawarma or gyro meat) that is now widely available in Europe.
Richard, of course, could not resist getting the homemade bratwurst that came with a nice roll, sauerkraut, and homemade mustard. Richard was absolutely thrilled with his meal, so much so that he ordered up some homemade bratwurst-to-go. The very hospitable chef (who also served as our waiter) told us that he has many standing orders for his homemade bratwurst, and he had been up until until 2:oo this morning making his latest big batch. We were so happy to have some of these fine homemade sausages to take home with us and cook up later in the week. Richard said that the bratwurst was perfectly seasoned and lean as could be. He was beside himself with glee!
I ordered the doener kebab on bread, and my oh my this came out as a hunka-hunka big sammich. It consisted of extremely flavorful meat that was very thinly sliced and piled into a big, thick sandwich roll along with salad and garlic dressing. It was amazing! I have no clue what kind of meat what in that thing, but oh it was just delicious! It had (as Richard would say) BIG TASTE. The meat was so nicely seasoned, and the salad and garlic dressing served as perfect texture and flavor contrasts to the thinly sliced (but flavor-packed) pieces of meat. The sandwich was huge, but I actually ate almost all of it (PIG!). Dessert-love that I am, I was just too full from my doener kebab sammich to even ask about dessert (and I’m not sure that Andre’s Kitchen has any. None were listed on the menu).
This is a simple, unique, out-of-the-way restaurant that serves up fine-tasting traditional German cooking and doener kebab. What a unique combination! I just love it when I come across something so interesting and tasty tucked away in an unexpected locale – such a great find!