Review: There are certain times when you go to a restaurant and everything (food, memories, etc.) just comes together to make a wonderful experience. My experience at Siegfried's Deli was one of those times.
Siegfried's is a German Deli located a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Capital Theater. Its location makes it a perfect pre-performance dinner spot. In fact, my wife and I discovered Siegfried's searching for dinner one evening before Utah Opera's performance of Bizet's Carmen.
I ordered the wienerschnitzel with sides of spaetzle and brown gravy and red cabbage. The food transported me back to when I would visit my brother in Frankfurt, Germany. There are no better memories than, while sightseeing with my brother, stopping at a street vendor to procure a massive and tender schnitzel. Siegfried's schnitzel was likewise tender (although not as big) and tasty. A little lemon wakes up the taste of the meat and adds a nice counterpoint to the dish's fattiness. The spaetzle (an extruded simple pasta) with brown gravy was as I remember: heavy, gravyed, and salty. The red cabbage was tender with a small amount of toothiness left. It's slight bitterness and acidity (not to mention its nature as a vegetable) was delightful. (Now, I know in my mind Siegfried's isn't quite as good as the food I had in Germany, but it's pretty darn close, and, in any case, it's pretty darn good.) Ultimately, like all good German fare, Siegfried's food leaves you wanting more. I certainly do.
Side note: Carmen was a very enjoyable production. The whole evening was simply wonderful.
Rating: 8/10 (5/10 is average).