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Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli
By: April Hughes
Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli is both a specialty store and restaurant that offers a variety of European dishes and imported goods. The Kraut Haus restaurant at Morse’s has been our favorite place to enjoy a Sunday brunch for the past couple of years. From Marzipan Stollen French Toast and Reuben Omelets, to Schnitzel dishes and Spaetzle, the Kraut Haus has a lot to offer. The restaurant also makes their pickles and sauerkraut in-house. I tried the garlic-herb pickles and they were phenomenal. The sauerkraut is served either hot or cold, and unlike canned mushy sauerkraut, this kind provides the perfect amount of crunch and tartness. The freshness and quality of the food is spot-on and the service is both warm and welcoming. As for the environment, you can enjoy your hearty German fare while seated in a booth that offers a great deal of privacy due to the high-backs. The space is illuminated by antique lanterns which perfectly accentuate the green-toned booths and brick walls. An assortment of condiments, including a few different varieties of German mustard are available to adorn your dishes.
After finishing the meal, we cash out at the register located in the store. Whoever designed the restaurant was a genius. I mean, you can’t just walk past the marzipan, stroopwafels, European biscuits, rare herbs and spices, imported candies and drinks, and not want to buy anything. I stepped maybe one foot into the store and my gaze fell upon the Kinder candies with overzealous glee. I was immediately taken back to my years of living in Germany and Italy and how these treats were a favorite part of my childhood. Naturally, I had to purchase a few (Note: remember that these treats are imported. This means that they are going to cost a wee bit more than they would in a normal store. But it’s totally worth it!). The back of the store boasts an excellent selection on European meats and cheeses. The deli serves Speck and Schinken hams from Germany, Bavarian sausages, aged Dutch Goudas, and many others!
Check out Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli in North Waldoboro, Maine if you’re looking for delicious German fare and something uniquely European to bring home. I highly recommend this location for your holiday shopping!