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A BBQ season Boogie

22 May

As you’ll see from the above Eating Out tab I love to review my local eateries and generally pass on information about great places and warn of the not so great. That, and the fact that I got such a great response to my Insiders guide to the Bergkirchweih recently gave me the idea to do some more in depth reviews of some of my local culinary discoveries.

Now today started as the first free day I’ve had for a few weeks, I had plans, big plans, of wearing PJs, getting some sun and attempting to scale a pile of washing which was threatening to engulf the flat. But first I had a cup of tea and checked Facebook, as you do.

I love Facebook, it’s a fabulous place that allows me to keep up to date with friends from home and in far away places. I can ignore the over-sharers, attention seekers and braggers without much hassle and I find it interesting (sociologically speaking) to see how other people use FB compared to how I use it. Anyway, back to the point, I was made aware of a certain BBQ joint in Nürnberg about 6 months ago and I ‘Liked’ them on Facebook, they don’t post much and aren’t spammy in their advertising like some pages, I kept meaning to go but just never got round to it until today……And this popped up on my FB feed



I sent this exact picture to a friend and after considering her plans were pretty much the same as mine and the weather a balmy 30 degrees, we decided to Eff it and go get some BBQ for lunch. The best decision we could have made.

Boogie’s BBQ – Food ***** Price ** My vote *****
Nimrodstraße 10 90441 Nürnberg

You will find this rustic cafe on an Industrial Estate, first right turn as you drive into the estate on Nimrodstr, it’s easy to miss so go slow, look out for a black sign with white lettering.

It’s totally a no frills kind of place, you go for the food (which completely speaks for itself) but the place is clean and has staff who are are wonderfully friendly in German and English.

The menu

The menu for today, obviously everything is subject to change, when they run out they run out, no turkey club for us today!

All the meat is Memphis style BBQ, not that this means a lot to me as a Brit, but I did get the recommendation from a Texan, who I trust knows more about these things than I. Deciding was difficult, pork, brisket, turkey and pastrami were all in the running. Confession time, I had to google Burnt ends when I got home because was nervous that it was some kind of euphemism for horse or something, next time I’m definitely having that though. We saw sandwiches being served so we both ended up choosing pulled pork sandwiches, with sides of coleslaw, caesar salad and apple sauce, they do offer a BBQ salad, think open sandwich without the bread, which based on the Caesar salad I’d be happy with.

My delicious lunch - Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and Caesar salad

My delicious lunch – Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and Caesar salad

You order at the till just by the menu chalkboard, the waitress was very patient with us, it was very hard to choose. Once you’ve paid and collected your drink from the fridge (beer and soft drinks available) you can settle in at a table and wait for your food. Served in a basket covered in baking paper with cutlery, kitchen roll (very necessary for hand and face wiping) comes to the table along with their four home made tomato sauces. Choose from a vinegar based, a fruity, a classic smoked (loved it) or a volcano spicy one (approved), or try all four, there is enough food believe me!

We sat outside, next to where the cars park, it’s not massively classy but it’s clean, tidy and comfortable on the picnic benches. Inside there is more seating but the weather was too good to hide inside, I’d recommend booking to guarantee a table, especially if you are travelling from Erlangen or have a party bigger than two. Also check out their opening times and days before dropping in, they are shut Sunday and Monday and are only open 11am-6pm Tuesday/Wednesday and 11am-9pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

The coleslaw is confirmed as the best I’ve had (eating out) in Germany so far and the Caesar salad was a great side too, the dressing is lovely. The bread was very different to a German bread, it held it’s own against the meat and didn’t get overly soggy and fall apart! The meat was incredibly tender and juicy and I even found some chewy blackened end pieces in there (which I love). Price wise this place is great, I paid just over 8 euro for a sandwich, two sides and an apfelschorle.

So apparently I’m a sucker for advertising, well played Boogie’s BBQ. Lunch was gorgeous and I already have plans to visit again, I have a feeling that my husband might just end up loving this place more than I do.


Keeping cool when that temperature’s rising

20 Jun

Since we seem to be in the midst of a heatwave I’d like to share some warm weather ideas

Outdoor Swimming

Roethelheimbad – Hartmannstrasse 121 91058 Erlangen
Was redeveloped fairly recently so the facilities are in really good condition. There are plenty of grassy areas surrounding the pools, so bring your blanket and picnic in addition to your towels. Standard sized lane pool in addition to a more fun based large pool which has slides and spa areas, also a kids shallower pool suitable for all ages. There is parking available and it is on a bus route.
If you decide to visit regularly it is worth considering your ticket options, a season card means you can skip the sometimes substantial queue to get in!

Freibad West – Damaschkestrasse 129 91056 Erlangen
A little bit more dated than the Roethelheimbad but still a great place to cool off on those long summer days. If you like to dive this place has great boards and a specialist pool for them, in addition to a regular swimming pool and a children’s pool suitable for all ages. There are shady and sunny areas to cool/dry off surrounding the pools and convenient parking and bus stops nearby.

Ice Cream

Eishaus – Luitpoldstrasse 15 & Neuer Markt/Woehrl & Buckenhof/Alte Tankstelle
I love this ice cream, (More like Cornish ice cream, not Gelato or Mr Whippy) and you get a LOT of ice cream for your money, a single scoop is enough, you have been warned! Be prepared for long but quick moving queues on hot days and at lunchtimes. Like their Facebook page for details of special offeres and extended opening hours.

Beer Gardens

Biergarten am Roethelheim – Am Roethelheim 40c
One of Erlangens best kept secrets, this is a lovely shady spot to enjoy a beer and catch up with friends. Sandpit to play in for littler kids.

Entlas-Keller Biergarten – An den Kellern 5
Up on the berg (where the Bergkirchweih is held) beneath lovely shady trees, look out for live music nights (and days) which go throughout the summer and continue until Autumn arrives.

Unicum Biergarten – Carl-Thiersch-Strasse 9
A hidden biergarten frequented by locals, the play area is a great pull for families.

Alter Simpl Biergarten – Bohlenplatz 2
One of the more touristy places, but that does mean you can get a menu in English, should you want one! Based in the centre of town but just off the main high street so quite a quiet spot.

The Kitzmann and Steinbach also have decent biergartens.

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