January 20, 2010 > Restaurant Review: Munchner Haus
Restaurant Review: Munchner Haus
By J. D. Wolfe
Have you ever been to Europe? If not, here is your chance to experience an authentic German deli without the expense and time of an international flight. Fraus und Herrs, I give you Der Munchner Haus located on Fremont Boulevard in Gaslight Square just south of Mowry Avenue. There is plenty of parking.
Munchner Haus has a real authentic look of a Bavarian Style Deli. Diners can sit outside on really nice outdoor furniture under large umbrellas or in a dining room inside. Take-out of German groceries, beer, meats and menu items is also available. I ate inside, watching German News, of course.
Inside, you are greeted by a wonderful array of deli meats, cheeses, etc., in a big glass refrigerated case - ham, beef, turkey, chicken and so much more including prosciutto, salamis, German cheeses, homemade German-style salads, and my personal favorite liverwurst! I could go on forever. 'Amazing' sums it up best. I have always enjoyed liverwurst and here is where you can get some really nice styles that Rita Holsten, the proprietress, orders from afar. I even bought goose liver pate to use at this year's Super Bowl Party.
All kinds of imported groceries - cookies, other packaged sweets, crackers, beverages and more - are stacked on shelves around you. Every bit of available floor space is used to display more goodies. This is a fun place to shop for hard-to-find German groceries.
I ordered a chicken breast sandwich on sourdough bread. It was so enticing I could hear it calling my name through the deli case glass. I was hypnotized and defenseless. Rita personally made the sandwich with lettuce, onions, smoked Gouda cheese and German deli mustard; to say it was delicious would be a major understatement. At Munchner Haus sandwiches are really thick. Prior to my return to Munchner Haus I will see an oral surgeon to have my jaws expanded so I can actually fit my mouth around a sandwich made by Rita.
Rita, who has owned Munchner Haus since 1986, works very hard to ensure the fine traditions of a German-Style Deli are maintained. The business has been in Fremont since 1975 - 35 years! While there for lunch, I watched as people from very different cultures and ethnic groups came by to eat. That was something I honestly did not expect to see, but given the prices, the quality and the quantity of food you get, I am not surprised.
Munchner Haus is more than a deli... it is really a mini market for German foods. Those who think of this as only a delicatessen are making a big mistake. It is "munch" more!
Reviewed: January 15, 2010
39212 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont