After Hours Gasthaus Quack
April 26, 2009
Jaw-droppingly gorgeous weather is more of an exception than the rule in this corner of Deutschland.
So when blue skies and mild temperatures appear, Germans take full advantage and head outdoors. They bike. They hike. They sit outside and sip golden beer.
On a recent sun-kissed Friday afternoon, a buddy and I headed over to Gasthaus Quack for lunch. It’s a cozy German restaurant set in the woods just south of Kleber Kaserne.
There was no question as to where we would sit — on the large outdoor seating area. As it was a German holiday, plenty of locals were enjoying beers. Bike riders pedaled past, heading onto the trailhead that sits across the street from Quack. My buddy and I, on a workday lunch, looked on jealously. However, we sat back and smiled, relishing the beautiful weather.
The wait staff at Quack didn’t speak much English, but that doesn’t pose a problem when ordering schnitzel or any of the other German standards on the menu. The food is what you would expect — solid and good, but not mind-blowing.
I got a schnitzel and soda while my pal got a Flammkuchen, fries and apple juice. The meals cost about 22 euros total, and we were in and out in about an hour. We would have loved to linger, but duty (and bosses) called.
On weekdays, the place is very popular among soldiers and civilians who work at nearby Kleber and Panzer caserns. So if you’re going to Quack to get a break from the office, you could end up running into some of your co-workers.
Overall, Quack is a great place for lunch. Not that the food is bad, but the big draw is Quack’s setting. On a nice day, you can’t beat sitting under a shade tree at an outside table next to the forest, eating good German food.
Just be warned. Little leaves from the trees will find their way into your soda/beer/drink of choice when the wind blows. Place your drink coaster on top of your glass to block out the barrage, and you are good to go.
Gasthaus QuackLocation: Entersweilerstrasse 74, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Directions: Not far from Kleber Kaserne. From Kleber’s east gate, take a right, follow the curve of the road and then take the first right. You will arrive at a T-intersection. Take a right there, and Quack will be about 50 yards ahead on your right.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Food: Standard German fare — schnitzel, wursts and Flammkuchen.
Clientele: German hikers and bicyclists; Americans on lunch from nearby Army posts.
English-language menu: No, but you don’t need a translation for schnitzel, do you?
Prices: Very reasonable. For about 10 to 12 euros, you can get a plate of food, fries, a salad and a drink. Children’s plates run around 5 euros.