There’s a new taste sensation on the block, especially if your taste runs to authentic German cuisine!
Alpine Deli & Cafe, located in the former SunTrust Bank building at 204 W Main Street, is the real deal. Owner Henry Ferhmann came to the United States in 1955, and has a long history in the restaurant/deli business. His father developed the recipes for Schaller Weber and Boars Head brand sausages, the latter the brand of meats that are well known and loved in this area, and which he uses in their deli platters when providing catering services.
Henry retired to the Blue Ridge area in January of 2015, but quickly found himself eager to be in business again. “I’m a people person,” he said. “I enjoy providing jobs to young people and training/developing them.”
It was essential to him to find a cook who was willing to learn the “old country” recipes and methods, and only when he felt every menu item was up to his standards did he open his doors.
Three weeks later, the word is getting out as there was a good crowd for Tuesday lunch when we visited. Alpine’s has a deli and small store in front, with a cozy café in the back, with table service. When the weather is nice, guests are welcome to sit outside on the newly constructed deck and get table service there as well.
They are open from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. daily. The menu provides a nice variety of sandwiches, sausage platters and heavier “dinner style” meals. We each had a sausage platter: David tried the Oktoberfest Wurst Teller (2 sausages and 2 sides), choosing the Bratwurst and Nurnburger sausages, while I had the Bavarian Wurst Teller (one sausage and two sides), and selected the Nurnberger sausage. We both chose the sauerkraut and “heaven and earth” (mashed potatoes with onions, bacon and apples) sides. Served with a side of mustard and pretzel bread, it was absolutely DELICIOUS. A steaming apple strudel finished the meal and was the perfect combination of delicious pastry, just right apples & cinnamon, and sinfully rich custard glaze topping. I highly recommend it, but be aware it is more than ample for sharing between 2-4 people!
Early in the new year, Henry will acquire a serving license and plans to offer genuine bottled German beers presently unavailable in this area. Of course, no self-respecting German restaurateur would fail to celebrate Oktober-fest, and plans are underway to get that growing here as well.
Whether you’re craving potato-sausage soup, sauerbraten, wurst or a reuben, for truly amazing food crafted in masterful Deutschland tradition, do not miss the opportunity to dine at Alpine!