Let’s face it, you probably know a great Chinese restaurant. And have a favorite Italian joint. Maybe a topflight Greek place. But if you know where Philadelphia’s top German restaurant is located, you’re one ethnicity ahead of me.
So here comes the Flying Deutschman, a huge mobile German eatery that we discovered one afternoon at Love Park. We don’t think the name is actually meant as a tribute to Norm Van Brocklin. Regardless, Stirling Sowerby, a native of Germany and veteran of local restaurants, started it two years ago, and he’s got a revolving menu of schnitzels and knoedels and rouladens and wursts.
Hey, we didn’t know what it all means, either, so we asked for recommendations from Sowerby – an amiable chef who sings and kibitzes with the customers. He directed us to the Schnitzel Holstein special ($14) – a generous piece of pounded, breaded veal, topped with a sunny side-up egg and surrounded by tangy red cabbage and fresh-cut home fries.
We also went for the traditional bratwurst ($6), a succulent grilled sausage that came with a tiny slice of toasted bread, a slather of German mustard and, alas, no bun. Spicy, juicy, delicious.
This is excellent food, with a higher quality of ingredients and preparation that 90 percent of the food trucks we’ve visited. It’s also a higher price than, well, any food truck we’ve tried. Hey, you get what you pay for.
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