Burger-focused Bellevue Bar & Grill adds food truck-like option in Stuttgart
By JOHN VANDIVER | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 26, 2018
The food truck trend hasn’t taken root in any meaningful way in Stuttgart, Germany, but a new burger-focused venture is giving it a go on the city’s north side.
Bellevue Bar & Grill, near Killesberg Park, has a lot going for it. There’s seating with a view, a range of drink options and plenty of foot traffic.
The grilling is done in what looks like an old UPS-style truck. The menu is straightforward — hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Fries and brats round out the menu.
On a recent visit, I went with the Mexican burger, which was topped with a thick slab of melted cheddar, jalapenos and a salsa sauce. No complaints. It had a good kick. The patty was a decent size, and the bun, which can make or break a burger, was excellent.
The grill opened just a few months ago, occupying a patio on Stresemannstrasse that had been vacant for several years.
Given the prime location, it’s a wonder it took so long for someone to start up something new.
The atmosphere at Bellevue is casual, and the hours, while pretty regular, depend on the weather. It’s open-air, which means on rainy days the operators may elect not to open for business.
When the weather is good, it’s normally open from noon to 10 p.m. Still, if you’re planning a visit, it’s best to check the grill’s Facebook page.
The food truck seems to be more about capturing spontaneous visits from passersby who frequent Killesberg Park and other walking trails around it than serving as a primary destination.
Unlike a lot of food trucks in the U.S. where drink options are typically alcohol-free, Bellevue offers lots of adult beverages. While Germans are notorious regulators — sorting one’s garbage here can induce migraines — when it comes to granting liquor licenses, they’re decidedly laissez-faire.
Bellevue sells an assortment of regional beers as well as wines and sekt from the area.
There are also summery cocktails such as mojitos, pina coladas and Cuba libres. Surrounded by little palm trees and with a view of the horizon, Bellevue Bar & Grill offers the feel of a mini-vacation.
Location: 40 Stresemannstrasse, Stuttgart, Germany
Hours: Generally, noon to 10 p.m.
Prices: About 5 euros ($6) for a burger
Phone: (49)(0) 711 257-6607