What a delight to discover Old Europe and Historic Folsom in the same visit. Drawn by recent publicity for the new Folsom Lake Crossing, we ventured to Historic Folsom for the first time, looking for somewhere for Sunday lunch. As a Brit who left Europe a little over ten years ago, I was excited to find Old Europe at the bottom of Sutter Street, just across the road from the old Railroad Station.
The menu included a list of traditional German entrees, and we definitely made a good choice selecting the German Butchers Sausage Plate for two – a mountain of meats – sausage, duck, pork and ham on a bed of red cabbage, sauerkraut and potatoes. Unlike anything you will find in any other restaurant – and a wonderful change from the chain restaurants. Great home cooking – and a good price at $22.00 (for two!). Being a ‘dessert’ sort of guy, the display of cakes and gateaux that was passed on the way to our table had caught my attention – and I couldn’t leave without sampling the Apple Strudel, served hot with whipped cream.
The bar list sported a list of good German beers – an excellent excuse for a return visit soon, and the wine list provides a modest selection at good prices (around $15/bottle or $4/glass).
Although not available on weekends, Old Europe offers a weekday lunch special of meatballs with one of a selection of traditional sauces for under $7.00.
Old Europe opened in mid-February, and we chose to arrive at the busiest time on their busiest Sunday yet. That said – the service was great – Lenka, our host, was very attentive despite the unexpected rush of diners who followed us through the door. This is undoubtedly a place to go to try things that you don’t find elsewhere. I will be back – very soon!
Style: German with European variations
Reviewed dy Andrew Witham
825 Sutter Street