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Edelweiss, Tuscaloosa AL

September 16, 2011

Edelweiss is one of our favorite destinations on weekend mornings. It is a German coffee shop with a wide variety of baked goods, coffee and tea drinks, and a small menu of meals.

You may be wondering what a population of authentic German people are doing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The main draw is that we have a big Mercedes plant about 20 minutes up the interstate from our city. In fact, the two women who founded Edelweiss were wives of Mercedes employees with dreams of opening a restaurant and cooking like they did in Germany.


From what I understand, most (if not all) of Edelweiss’ offerings are hand-made without preservatives. Below is just one of the pastry cases. Next to it is a long counter displaying several more pies, tarts, cakes, and cheesecakes.

We normally order muesli rolls or bread, seed bread, or pretzel rolls. We love the large coffee cups, and my husband (who is a bigger coffee drinker than I am) thinks the coffee is really good. They also have drawerfuls of boxed teas to choose from, as well as Big Train chai products. They happily substitute soy milk for dairy in their drinks if you ask them to. Can you see how thick the foam on this soy latte is? Well done.

The decor is just average, but the atmosphere is comfortable, and the employees (most of whom have thick German accents) are smiling and attentive. Whenever we go there is usually a group of uniformed police officers huddled around a table in the back. Usually there is a cable news channel muted on the TV above the couches. The patio is great too- it faces a street that is quiet in the mornings and has ceiling fans spinning overhead. Love those ceiling fans- one of my favorite features of Southern outdoor seating areas.

You’ll find Edelweiss at 2324 4th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa, or at (205) 343-6545. I believe their current hours are Monday – Friday 6:30am – 5pm, Saturday 6:30am – 3pm, and Sunday 8am – 2pm.

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