The Schnitzel King food truck set to open storefront

  • Schnitzel King's Chicago-style schnitzel sandwich
Schnitzel King's Chicago-style schnitzel sandwich
May 31, 2013|By Elite Truong, @elitetruong | RedEye

Just in time for summer, the Schnitzel King's kingdom is expanding.

Schnitzel King food truck owner Greg Burke has expanded his family business to a Bridgeport storefront, slated to open June 3 at 308 W. 33rd St.

Burke, who grew up eating the German delicacy and gained local recognition for his tailgate version of the dish, describes schnitzel as “pork pounded thin, breaded and then fried.” Burke’s Chicago-style version is served in a crusty Turano roll and topped with sauteed peppers and onions. The signature sandwich, along with a fried egg and mozzarella-topped sandwich called the Holstein, quickly became popular among the downtown lunch crowds since the food truck first hit the streets in 2011.

The restaurant, also named Schnitzel King, will serve many of the same menu items as the food truck as well as a daily grilled meat special.

“On Monday, we’re going to have beef tri-tip sandwiches dipped in au jus,” Burke said, adding that “whatever looks good at the market” will likely end up on the rotating menu.

Burke, who runs the business with fiancee Kristin Casper, will feature local products such as Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer, a fellow Bridgeport business just down the street. Customers can order a draft poured straight from the vintage 1970s kegerator or poured over vanilla ice cream for a nostalgic root beer float.

Burke eventually plans to expand the menu to include beer and wine options. “It’d be nice to have a German beer style on tap,” he said.

Loop commuters will still have ready access to schnitzel, though; the original food truck will still be on the road after the storefront opens.

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