If you didn't know better, you'd think that this was an abandoned building. During the day there might be 2 cars in the back. But when you go inside you can tell that this place has been here a long time; the entrance has an accumulation of stuff that takes many years to establish.
"Old World" is the decor inside this place. You'll easily forget that you're right on route 84 when you're inside. There's boisterous German music, the feeling of the impending oktoberfest is in the air. They have a large bar, and a long narrow dining room; there's rarely more than a few tables occupied at lunchtime.
My last time here I had potato pancakes and a bratwurst; today I was having some schnitzel. The Wiener Schnitzel lunch is $9.95. I got an iced tea (no beer today) and they give you some bread. The German rye bread isn't bad, but I prefer a Jewish Rye myself.
They don't have yellow here, which is always an annoyance. In NY I used to bring my own, but no jackets down here, so I had to use regular sugar. It didn't take long for the food to come out. It's a fast lunch here.
The veal is pounded very thin to create a visually large cutlet, breaded evenly and fried. The red cabbage isn't the kind you get at a Las Olas restaurant; this is authentic german stuff; not too sweet, it's slightly pungent and pairs beautifully with the mashed potatoes. It's a nice dish.
The food at Old Heidelberg reminds me of eating at my relative's homes when I was a kid; German food is like that. Everyone has a different recipe. It's not like my Grandmother used to make, but it's a nice change of pace from the usual crab cakes and calamari. You know for certain that there's an old German in the kitchen making food for you the way they do for their family.