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A waitress delivers a hamburger to a waiting customer at Schraeglage Meals and More, a restaurant in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. The place is best know for its burgers, which can be custom ordered with a range of toppings.

A waitress delivers a hamburger to a waiting customer at Schraeglage Meals and More, a restaurant in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. The place is best know for its burgers, which can be custom ordered with a range of toppings. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

A waitress delivers a hamburger to a waiting customer at Schraeglage Meals and More, a restaurant in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. The place is best know for its burgers, which can be custom ordered with a range of toppings.

A waitress delivers a hamburger to a waiting customer at Schraeglage Meals and More, a restaurant in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. The place is best know for its burgers, which can be custom ordered with a range of toppings. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

The lunch-time crowd gathers on a warm November afternoon outside Schraeglage Meals and More, where there is indoor and outdoor seating. The eatery is located along Wilhelmsplatz, a street in Stuttgart, Germany, that boasts several popular restaurants.

The lunch-time crowd gathers on a warm November afternoon outside Schraeglage Meals and More, where there is indoor and outdoor seating. The eatery is located along Wilhelmsplatz, a street in Stuttgart, Germany, that boasts several popular restaurants. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

Schraeglage Meals and More in downtown Stuttgart, Germany, serves a variety of burgers and other pan-American fusion style food. On a Nov. 11, 2015, visit, a quesadilla was on the menu. The restaurant is a popular destination for the lunch-hour crowd as well as an after hours watering hole.

Schraeglage Meals and More in downtown Stuttgart, Germany, serves a variety of burgers and other pan-American fusion style food. On a Nov. 11, 2015, visit, a quesadilla was on the menu. The restaurant is a popular destination for the lunch-hour crowd as well as an after hours watering hole. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

This was hardly a quesadilla.

It was more like a salad with assorted greens and raw onions wrapped up in a slightly crunchy tortilla. There was a thin spread of guacamole on the inside and an even thinner layer of barely detectable melted cheese. It was decidedly unquesadilla-like, but at least it was healthy.

After eating this high-fiber mound, I couldn’t help but think I was doing my colon a favor. But as I watched the waitress bring out one greasy-looking burger after another, with thick hunks of melted cheddar hanging off the edges, I realized I had erred.

At Schraeglage Meals and More, an eatery along Wilhelmsplatz in downtown Stuttgart, everyone, it seems, comes for the burgers. They’ve got standard off-the-menu burgers, but you can also build your own by filling out a special menu card with various toppings to select from. You can pick your style of bun and cheese. If you want to go heavy, you can top it with bacon, onion rings or even scrambled eggs.

Schraeglage is more of a small bar with food than a regular restaurant. In the later evening, it caters to a drinking crowd. During lunch and dinner hours, it offers straightforward American-style fusion food. The burgers are the mainstay, but there are other offerings that vary from week to week. I’ve heard they offer fish tacos on occasion, which unfortunately wasn’t an option on my recent visit.

Schraeglage has plenty of competition along Wilhelmsplatz, a short street with several affordable but excellent eateries next to one another, each with outdoor street-side seating.

It is sandwiched between Il Pomodoro, arguably the best pizza place in town, and Noodle One, a cozy Vietnamese spot. Three doors down is Murrhardter Hof Burhan, which specializes in Swabian dishes and is well regarded for its Maultaschen. And across the street is Ciba Mato, a popular cocktail bar.

Based on the tortilla, it’s hard to understand how Schraeglage can measure up. But given the place’s popularity, the fault may have been mine. Next time, I’ll order a burger.

vandiver.john@stripes.com

Schraeglage Meals and More

Address: 3 Wilhelmsplatz, Stuttgart

Hours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays; 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays

Serving: American-style fusion food, with burgers as the mainstay. Order off the menu or build your own by selecting from a range of toppings.

Prices: In the 7-10 euro range

English menu: No

Dress: Casual

Information:www.schraeglage.tv/meals-more

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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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