Downtown Sanford’s Willow Tree Cafe: A German Restaurant Worth The Trip

During the few years I lived in Sanford, Orlando friends always asked me about Willow Tree, a German restaurant located in Sanford’s downtown. Actually, the full name is Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe.

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe

It is one of the few Central Florida restaurants known for authentic German food.  A sausage plate runs between nine to twenty bucks.  The King’s Feast that feeds four to six people prices around fifty-six bucks.  Other meals run between thirteen to twenty-four bucks.

If a patron owns a strong taste for meat, Willow Tree is paradise.  For example, Kassler Lende contains bacon and pork loins.  Saurbraten is marinated beef.  Schlachthaus Platter Fur Zwei (Butchershop Platter for Two) contains Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Knockwurst, Leberkase and Kassler.  (Yes, all five are meat.)

Yet, the main attraction for my friends and I is Das Boot, a glass boot full of draft beer. You get the 2 liter for twenty-two bucks.  The 3 liter costs thirty-three bucks.

Thursday through Sunday nights, Jimmy and Eckhard perform.

Willow Tree opens at 11 am Tuesday through Sunday.  Mondays are closed.  Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it closes at 9Pm.  Friday and Saturday, it closes at 10PM.

For some folks Sanford is a long drive.  Yet, Willow Tree is worth the trip.

The following photos are from past visits.

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