Hello, hello! How is everyone doing? Is it hot enough for you? Because it’s actually been relatively mild here in north Texas. Anyway, for Dad’s birthday last week, he wanted some Austrian food, so we decided to go to Fritzl’s over in Rowlett in a little strip mall on the corner of Rowlett Road and 66. It’s a small place owned and ran by Klaus Fritz, a fifth generation pastry chef from Austria. I’ve linked to his restaurant Facebook page above for the most up-to-date information and pictures of pastries. Full transparency: we used to go here pretty often (for us) before Mom died, but we haven’t been in at least 6 years (pre-Stonecoast, thus pre-blog), so I thought I would go ahead and do a review. So, here we go.
First, a reminder of my rating system:
MMMMM = Everything is magnificent!
MMMM = Great, but something is off.
MMM = Pretty good, but a couple of things could be better.
MM = The bad’s starting to outweigh the good.
M = Definitely more cons than pros.
… = I couldn’t find anything nice to say.
Accessibility: much improved. Back when when we first started going, there were various decorations blocking the sidewalk by the door, but over the years, everything has been cleared away to make the path easier to traverse. There are a couple of different types of tables, one with the knee banger (the low hanging thing) and one without, so that’s not an issue. The place is small, so it can be difficult to maneuver when crowded, but Klaus is super helpful about finding a place to sit. So yeah, the accessibility is up to the usual Texas standards.
Service: great. It was just Klaus when we went this time and the restaurant was really slow (like only one other couple just finishing up when we arrived kind of slow), so we didn’t have long to wait for anything and he never rushed us. He was super helpful about placing things where I could get them and making sure I was okay. I admit it was a little disconcerting because people around here aren’t that helpful, but it was much appreciated.
Appetizers: betting they’re still yummy, but we didn’t get any this time because Dad only had eyes for the schnitzel (meaning he missed them as he scanned the menu).
Entrees: delicious as always. Dad had the wienerschnitzel with a brat, spaetzle, and sauerkraut. I had the woodcutter schnitzel with potatoes and sauerkraut. It was lovely and the meat was wonderfully tender, so I had zero problems chewing it. I look forward to going back just to get the paprika schnitzel (my other favorite from when we used to go). Sometimes, there’s nothing as comforting as meat and potatoes. I even enjoyed the kraut, which I’m just now starting to get a taste for (never liked the stuff until a few months ago).
Dessert: no words, just drool. Dad had a napoleon that was flaky and creamy and delicious. I had the Black Forest cake that had a lovely balance of chocolate vs. cream vs. cherry. But! My personal favorite from this trip was the rum ball that I decided to take home for dessert the next day. I don’t know what I was expecting, but a ball of chocolate that actually had a rum taste wasn’t it. It was awesome and I hope he has them next time we go.
Alcohol: nice selection of beer. It’s one of the few places around here that we can get a dunkel (dark German lager).
Price: fair. You get huge portions of freshly prepared food. That’s what you pay for, so it’s definitely worth it.
I could take an M away because of the potential for not fitting in the place if it’s crowded, but that’s true of basically anywhere. So, my first five M rating!