The Schnitzel Shack of Rincon (via Darmstadt)
One of the first things Jürgen did when we got to Savannah was type “German Restaurant” into Google. The nearest place bore the tongue-twisty name of Schnitzel Shack, and was a half-hour away in a town called Rincon (rhymes with Lincoln).
That was a little too far away, and we eventually forgot about it. But on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, I returned home to find Jürgen dressed in his lederhosen, playing the accordion and wailing “Deustchland, deutschland über alles” with tears rolling down his cheeks. The homesickness was terminal. Nurse, I’m going to need an injection of sauerkraut, STAT! Let’s roll: destination Schnitzel Schnack. I mean Shack!
Minutes later we were seated at our table in the tiny restaurant. Color flushed back into Jürgen’s face as he read the menu with growing delight. “Jägerschnitzel? Goulash? Spätzle? Ja ja ja, wunderbar!” The Shack offers a selection of both German and Thai dishes, an odd combination which owes itself to the founders’ homelands. Pao is from Thailand, and Joe is from Germany.
We quickly discovered that Joe isn’t merely from Germany, but actually from Jürgen’s home town of Darmstadt: a small city south of Frankfurt. Once that factoid was unearthed, the night really got going. Joe and Jürgen swapped stories from the Heimatland. Unbelievably, he even worked at the same company as Jürgen’s mom! We stayed late after eating, talking with him and Pao and drinking beer. They’re a great couple; Joe still works a day job, and comes into the restaurant at night. The Shack’s strange culinary mash-up has proven to be popular, and the table are almost always full.
The food is great. Joe told us that male customers typically order hearty German dishes while women generally stick with the Thai section of the menu. Well, Jürgen and I are both guys, so we went with Jägerschnitzel, Cordon Bleu, Spätzle and Sauerkraut. Gott im Himmel, was it delicious. The Shack also offers fusion dishes, such as Sweet and Sour Schnitzel.
So, yeah. Somehow, there’s this great German-Thai cuisine in Rincon, Georgia, served by a cool guy from Jürgen’s home town. It’s amazing how many treasures are hidden right in plain sight. If we hadn’t researched the Schnitzel Shack in advance, we’d have driven right by without ever noticing it. But now you know, and so there’s no excuse to miss this great little spot in Rincon. Make sure to say hi to Joe and Pao from us.
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I so wish I found your blog when you were actually in my adopted hometown of Savannah! Its so crazy that great little German place is in little old Rincon!
did you go to the Schnitzel Shack and if what did you order? How long have you been in Savannah now?
To us 3 month sounds long but the the time in Savannah just flew by.
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THE BEST GERMAN FOOD I HAD HERE IN THE USA.THE PEOPLE ARE JUST GREAT,LOVING AND SURE KNOW WHAT THEY DO.I WILL ALWAYS GO BACK TO ENJOY EVERY MIN.THANKS YOU FOR ALL YOU 2 DO.I HOPE EVERYONE WILL COME TO EE YOU AND TRY YOUR FOOD.BEER AND YOUR KINDNESS.KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.HUGS BEBE
Thanks to your blog and visit to the Shack, I was able to do a story on them for WSAV’s “Our Hometown” week. Joe and Pao gave me a great interview and the food is DE-LISH!!!!!
I wish I could go back … would love to try their Sweet/Sour Schnitzel. What did you have. It feels like such a long time a go when you interviewed us. Was such a blast!
This German Restaurant is truly Wunderbar!
I had the Sweet/Sour Schnitzel and I was amazed at how well the tai seasoning and vegetables blended so well with the great taste of the Schnitzel. The blend of Tai dishes and German traditional dishes that Pao and Joe offer are quite a tasty combination in cozy, comfortable atmoshere.
We are planning on meeting there tonight with my family to enjoy more of their great Schnitzels!
today nov 10 2011 i have found out about the schnitzle shack and tomorrow i will be there to check it out,let you all know how it was later
So how did you like it? What did you order?
Gosh Guys I certainly wish I had known you were soooo close!I truly admire your posts,images are spectacular and the writing really strikes a cord ,love the humor,please dont hesitate to email me if you are ever back this way!All the best, IsaBella
Thanks, Isabella! We’re glad you discovered our blog, even if it’s after we’ve gone. We do hope to get back to Savannah someday 🙂 For now, though, we’ve just finished up our stay in Palermo, Italy, and are moving on to Sri Lanka.