January 29, 2009

Kaiserhof

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A German restaurant which got its' start in the little town of Bradford has moved to Peoria.

Eric Shangraw has a guest eater along for a meal at Kaiserhof, in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Kaiserhof is a slice of Germany at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Owner Gary McCartney relocated his restaurant in Stark County for bigger pastures in Peoria.

"The difference is we have lunches here. We did not have lunches there. We have a deli here and our own German baker. We have breads. All of our pastries here that we offer we did not have in Bradford," said McCartney.

The strawberry and apple strudel are eye candy for any sweet tooth. There is even a waitress from the mother country.

"I feel like home when I taste the food. It is like what my mom cooked for me all the time. Or what my grandmother cooked. The bakery is just like when you go to a German bakery in Germany," said Ulrike, with a heavy German accent. She didn't want to give her last name.

"Actually we had been shopping at Bergner's and the clerk at Bergner's recommended we come here. Great potato soup and a great Ruben sandwich," said customer Jennifer Hopper.

In the kitchen is a team of chefs making every dish fresh.
Dr. Al Torres joined us for lunch in exchange for a donation he made to a local charity.
The pediatric physician ordered the Heidelberger. Its' a specially seasoned pork sandwich.
I had the days special: The Ruben. It is served on Rye bread with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. The tender corn beef may make for the best Ruben in Peoria.
I also had a side of German Potato Salad. Not as good as what you'll find at Peoria's Hoffbrau, but the Hoffbrau sets the bar high.
However, the Kaiserhof dessert tray is in a league of its' own.
I had Venetian German Cream Cheesecake. The good doctor worked his fork like a scalpel on a Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. It appears his eating experience was a successful procedure.

"The Hiddleburger was lean and not greasy. And the seasoning wasn't too strong. And I put a little mustard on there. It was good," said Torres.

With coffee our bill: $27.61 plus tip.
Bradford's loss is Peoria's gain when it comes to eating at Kaiserhoff.
Eric Shangraw News 25.

Kaiserhof is at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie next to Borders.
They are open seven days a week staring at 11am.
Reservations are recommended for dinner.
(309)693-0303

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