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Dining abroad

The taste of European food is just around the corner, thanks to two new restaurants in Inverness.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000


Two new eateries in Inverness are offering diners a sumptuous taste of European foods, expanding the choice of ethnic foods available.

The Little German Inn, 105 Courthouse Square, and Eva's European Deli, about a mile away at 1111 Inverness Blvd. (Paragon Plaza at U.S. 41 S), both offer traditional European foods.

Little German Inn

Tucked into one of the small business fronts at the Courthouse Square, the Little German Inn serves an impressive menu of traditional foods. These are the same entrees one would expect to find in any family restaurant in Germany, with attention paid to details like obtaining bread from a German baker and meats cut by a German-style butcher.

The entrees include Jaegerschnitzel in Champignonsobe (breaded and sauteed pork loin with mushroom sauce, $8.95) and their version of wienerschniztel, a breaded and sauteed pork loin. The traditional wienerschnitzel uses veal, but owner Raymond Foehring said he switched to pork for several reasons.

First, Foehring said, veal is too expensive for the local market, and many people resist eating veal. But he will gladly prepare it with veal if someone requests it a day in advance.

The Little German Inn is enjoying a fine blush of early success. After many eateries have tried and failed at the spot, there is often a waiting line out the door and along the sidewalk.

That's because the customers have quickly learned to appreciate Foehring's skills in the kitchen. Raymond studied the old-fashioned way, by working as an intern in Germany for three years.

As one might expect, the menu leans heavily on beef and pork. Marinated steaks are served with just the marinade or with grilled onions. Marinated pork steaks are served with a tasty brown mushroom sauce or as chunks on a skewer. The traditional German names for the foods are listed on the menu, with "subtitles" in English. Prices range from $6.95 to $9.95.

With the Citrus County courthouse nearby, the Inn serves a quick lunch. That's because there's only one lunch special, which changes daily. It may be roast pork with noodles on a Monday, followed by goulash with noodles the next day and potato pancakes with applesauce later in the week. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and is $5. Take-outs are also available.

The Little German Inn also serves German beer and coffee and a delicious Black Forest cake. The 32-seat eatery does not accept reservations. It does accept credit cards and is non-smoking. Call 860-1810.

Eva's European Deli

The first impression of Europe one gets at Eva's Deli will probably be from Eva Kale as she speaks with her daughter in Hungarian. And they speak the language as superbly as they cook the food.

Eva's Deli is also getting a reputation for preparing high-quality European meals like Hungarian goulash, red cabbage salad, breaded pork chops and stuffed cabbage.

The deli carries the typical subs and grinders found in most other locales, but even the sandwich menu goes beyond the subs. The European Special sub carries four different sausages: Genoa, Polish, beer and Hungarian, plus proscuitto, peppers and German cheeses. The Cuban sandwich is also superb.

The deli also serves dinners, which are very popular take-outs. The menu lists Hungarian goulash, stuffed cabbage or chicken paprika, all $6.99. There is also a Budapest Special for two, which they call weiner shnichel, breaded pork chops and fried chicken livers. All dinners come with homemade spaetzles, which are small dumplings, red cabbage for sauerkraut and stuffed cabbage. The deli also sells hard-to-find Hungarian, Polish, German and Italian sausages, home-made and fresh baked European pastries and European pastas.

There is a $10 minimum for local deliveries, and dinner specials take one hour to prepare. Call 860-1219 or fax 860-0541.

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