The only German restaurant in Leesville has a reputation for its authenticity and quaintness.

The only German restaurant in Leesville has a reputation for its authenticity and quaintness.

Heidi Deutsch, also known as the "Schnitzel Haus Oma," owns Schnitzel Haus in Leesville.

Schnitzel Haus serves authentic German cuisine, such as schnitzel (very thin meat with a thin, crisp coating), bratwurst (fried or grilled pork sausage), German potato salad (generally made with vinegar or olive oil, herbs and bacon; served warm), Reuben sandwiches (usually with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread), and spätzle (a type of soft egg noodle).

The home cooking and quaint, welcoming atmosphere give Schnitzel Haus its appeal. It is the only restaurant of its kind in the area. Some Soldiers, now at Fort Polk, once stationed in Germany, say it brings back memories of being there.

"This is the best authentic German food that we have tasted. My husband is 75% German, and it brought him back to his childhood, eating at the Schnitzel Haus," said Amanda Grimm-Witte.

Doris Marie McGill said, "I love the atmosphere of this establishment. The food is great. The price is fair for the quality and quantity of the food. The owner, as well as her servers, are very welcoming. Go eat and enjoy true taste of Germany."

"This was our first time eating here, but definitely not our last. Everything we had, the salad, schnitzel, currywurst, German potato salad, spaetzle, and even the spezi we drank was so delicious! The owner was such a sweet lady who makes you feel right at home," said Robin Rogers.

Schnitzel Haus, at 1745 Chaffee Road, is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Other times are available by reservation. Deutsch can also accommodate private parties and special events for up to 50 people.