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A thick burger topped with an American flag is served with crispy, curly fries at the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany. The menu is loaded with beef specialties. Prices also are reasonable.

A thick burger topped with an American flag is served with crispy, curly fries at the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany. The menu is loaded with beef specialties. Prices also are reasonable. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

A thick burger topped with an American flag is served with crispy, curly fries at the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany. The menu is loaded with beef specialties. Prices also are reasonable.

A thick burger topped with an American flag is served with crispy, curly fries at the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany. The menu is loaded with beef specialties. Prices also are reasonable. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany, has two floors and an outdoor eating area. The atmosphere is casual, as a steak-and-burger joint should be.

Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany, has two floors and an outdoor eating area. The atmosphere is casual, as a steak-and-burger joint should be. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar offers a full menu of steaks, burgers and ribs. The restaurant, which opened in October, sits next to a Harley Davidson shop. The American-themed eatery, paired with iconic Harley, makes for a good match.

Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar offers a full menu of steaks, burgers and ribs. The restaurant, which opened in October, sits next to a Harley Davidson shop. The American-themed eatery, paired with iconic Harley, makes for a good match. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

The bikes are sleek and the burgers are succulent, so why not visit both the Harley Davidson dealer and its neighbor, the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany?

The bikes are sleek and the burgers are succulent, so why not visit both the Harley Davidson dealer and its neighbor, the Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany? (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

If you drop by Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany, visit the Harley Davidson shop next door. The store has a host of bikes for sale and all sorts of Harley memorabilia.

If you drop by Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar in Boeblingen, Germany, visit the Harley Davidson shop next door. The store has a host of bikes for sale and all sorts of Harley memorabilia. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

If you drop by Tower 66, be sure to visit the Harley Davidson shop next door. The store has a host of bikes for sale and all sorts of Harley memorabilia.

If you drop by Tower 66, be sure to visit the Harley Davidson shop next door. The store has a host of bikes for sale and all sorts of Harley memorabilia. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

If you are into beef and bikes, there’s a new steakhouse in town for you.

Tower 66 Steakhouse & Bar, which opened just a couple of months ago in Böblingen, Germany, is pure Americana. The menu is simple and delicious: steaks, ribs, burgers and all the typical trimmings.

The decor is sure to make you feel at home as well. There’s the obligatory American flag on one wall. There’s a display of cool-looking pocket knives behind the bar.

The burgers even come with a little American flag on a toothpick.

If that’s not enough, the restaurant is directly next to a beautiful Harley Davidson shop, which you can wander through after you load up on a succulent dry-aged steak. What could be more American?

During a recent visit to Tower 66 for lunch, I almost felt like I was back home. The menu was familiar, the English-speaking staff was friendly and there was just the right amount of tacky decor.

But as I chewed on my surf and turf burger, a tasty affair topped with an interesting peanut butter sauce, it gradually dawned on me that something was amiss. It was the clientele.

They weren’t wearing Levis and T-shirts. No ball caps or guys wearing the jerseys of their favorite football teams.

At Tower 66, the only thing that’ll tip you off that you’re still in the well-heeled Stuttgart area are the somewhat-precious patrons wearing their sleek European-cut suits, and a lot of other guys in tight pants and pointy shoes.

I suspect they must have drifted over from the Ferrari and Maserati dealership that shares a parking lot with Tower 66.

That’s the other great thing about Tower 66: You’re surrounded by amazing vehicles you can only dream of owning.

Ferrari Testarossas on one side, Harleys on the other, and a big, fat burger joint in between.

vandiver.john@stripes.com

TOWER 66 STEAKHOUSE & BARLocation: Wolfgang-Brumme-Alee in Böblingen. The restaurant is directly off Autobahn 81 exit 23.

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-12:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Thursdays.

Prices: Meals range from burgers costing 8 euros to steaks in the 25-euro range. Daily specials usually are priced at less than 10 euros.

Dress: Casual.

More information: Website: www.tower66-steakhouse.de. Make reservations by phoning: (+49) (0) 703-1 3098400.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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