Tuck in for the rare treat of a hearty breakfast at ZeitLos in Rodenbach
By JENNIFER H. SVAN | Stars and Stripes | Published: August 13, 2020
ZeitLos cafe and bistro in the small village of Rodenbach near Ramstein Air Base may very well be the “perfect little hideaway,” to quote a phrase from one of the restaurant’s Facebook reviews.
The cafe is tucked away in a cozy stone courtyard with a working fountain next to a pharmacy, just off the village’s main street. If you know where the Italian pizza and gelato shop is, the cafe is only a few steps away across the street.
Another bonus: The restaurant serves breakfast, a rarity in these parts if you’re looking for something other than fast food or doughy bakery shop staples.
I enjoyed sitting in the shade under a wide umbrella in the morning, excited by the prospect of eating breakfast cooked by someone else.
The omelet I ordered with tomatoes, cheese and bell peppers did not disappoint. Though I would have preferred the bell pepper cooked more, the omelet was hearty with just the right amount of cheese. The large roll that accompanied it was fresh and soft, made even better with a slathering of butter.
The other omelet choice was ham and cheese. Other breakfast options were the typical German smorgasbord of a meat and cheese platter, served with bread and a hardboiled egg.
For those with a sweet tooth, the cafe has a rotating selection of cakes. I chose a slice with coconut cream and chocolate topping over the cheesecake and mandarin cream cakes.
The only disappointment was the cappuccino, which didn’t live up to the rich coffee drinks I recently enjoyed in the Netherlands. Perhaps a regular cup of coffee would have been just fine.
Lunch options vary weekly. During the week I was there, they included a salad with turkey; an omelet with vegetables and a salad; a sausage salad with bread; and cream schnitzel with French fries, among other choices. The special for dessert that week was vanilla ice cream with raspberries. Previous specials have included cheese spaetzle and flammkuchen. The weekly specials are posted on the cafe’s Facebook page.
Paninis and snacks such as a soft pretzel with butter are regular, non-breakfast menu items.
The cafe also has some indoor seating. Service seems to be friendly and quick. The cafe also welcomes pets.
Location: Fuchsstrasse 1, 67688 Rodenbach
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Sundays, the restaurant opens at 2 p.m. for cake and coffee after group events; closed Monday and Saturday. Reservations not required.
English menu: No, just German
Prices: Different lunch specials every week; breakfast served from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast and most lunch entrees under 10 euros per person.
Information: Phone: (+49) (0) 6374 92 80 914; web: facebook.com/ZeitLosRodenbach