Monday, August 2, 2010
Everything German in Bedford has accurate name
Combination store-deli has all kinds of wursts.
BEDFORD If you like German food, the mid-cities is where it's at. Along with the excellent Gerhard's Restaurant in Roanoke and the excellent GermanDeli.com in Colleyville, the area now has Everything German, a store in Bedford that sells wursts, spaetzel, and a unique item called broetchen.
Everything German was opened a couple of months ago by husband-and-wife Alisha and Joerg Bollgen, who are balancing this store with their full-time jobs. It's a family operation; their kids work there, too.
Joerg is a native of Germany who missed the food from his homeland.
"That's why we decided to open a specialty food store," Alisha says.
But they hadn't been open long when customers began begging for a deli. Specifically, they wanted sliced meats.
"They want the sliced meats we carry that you can't get anywhere else," she says. "We carry yakwurst, beerwurst, liverwurst, that stuff you can't go to a grocery store and buy. So we said, what the heck, and about six weeks ago, we opened the deli part."
That meant adding a few tables and making sandwiches, which are priced from $3 to $6. They've become a popular lunch option for workers in the area at the corner of Brown Trail and Harwood.
"We are right beside the Bedford Farmers Market, so I purchase all my lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and produce every morning -- I don't get then in bulk," she says. "The tomatoes taste like tomatoes."
They have sliced lunch meats, bratwurst, German sausage, pork, and chicken schnitzel that they serve on a sandwich or else pre-packaged in the freezer to take home. They also have traditional German potato salad, homemade spaetzel, and a unique German roll she calls broet
"It's crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle -- it is imported," she says.
They don't have a liquor license -- "we can't afford it and it's a big headache," she says -- so on Saturdays, they serve beer for free.
Alisha says they can hardly keep the wursts in stock.
"Last weekend was so busy that my freezer was empty -- I had one pack of sausage left, and we have a big freezer here," she says. "All last week we didn't have any bratwurst to sell. There are so many Germans here. You'd be amazed."
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