Christina Hester was born in Germany, grew up cooking and wants to keep German food traditions alive.

A Fort Hood employee, Hester was encouraged during recent government furloughs to sell her culinary masterpieces

“When the furlough happened, everyone kept telling me to sell my cheesecakes and schnitzel, and that’s how this restaurant started,” Hester said.

Hester, a nurse, opened Christina’s German Food and More Express in Harker Heights on Aug. 26. Her daughter-in-law, Kimberly Sunderman, manages the restaurant. She said they’ve had a lot of business since they opened.

“We open at 11 a.m. and it stays busy until 2 p.m. with people wanting our handmade schnitzel,” said Sunderman, a Central Texas native who learned to cook German food when she joined Hester’s family.

“Christina taught me how to cook authentic German food her way, and from what our customers say, I’m getting pretty good at it.”

Sunderman is now starting to put her own creative touches on Hester’s original recipes, which is OK with her mother-in-law.

“I’m fine with that,” Hester said.

Hester’s Old World German classic fare paired with Sunderman’s creativity is impressing even hard-to-please patrons.

“We have the old German ladies compliment the schnitzel and you know they will tell us if it’s not good,” Hester said.

The restaurant menu features schnitzel, bratwurst, frikadelle (a German beef patty), a variety of salads, cheesecake, pecan cake, chocolate cake and a slew of side dishes.

Everything is handmade, which means patrons might have to wait a few minutes to get their food. “But that gives everyone a chance to talk and meet each other. It’s like family in here at lunch time,” Sunderman said.

Herald/ Kathryn Leisinger

(9) comments

Smithjr38

Called. on 2410 they are past the HH HIgh School about a mile past Knights high school. and She said across from the Community Park and near the HH Trash dump . I will go in a few day as they are now on 29 Sep out of schnitzel . ( I think that is the old Cajan food building. which used to be on the right before the park)
Happy to have a new German Restaurant in the area.
By the way German music fans Check our Y tube . Search GMC ( German Music Cannel)
and most of all the most popular German music Star Andrea Berg. that is good pop music set to the Tudor German beat you don;t have to speak German to enjoy it and Andrea Berg is one Beautiful red head who has over 80+ hits in Germany

Katleisinger

Sadly, in our rush to get the stories online pieces of information are left somewhere between the reporter and the webpage. Here is more information about this amazing restaurant that was included in the original article that didn't make it online. Y'all check it out!

Hours of operation are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays except by reservation.
For more information stop by 1608 FM 2410, Harker Heights, Texas 76548 or call 254-458-8797[beam]

Wedge

Sounds like a place worth visiting............if I only knew where to go or the hours of operation.

Katleisinger

Hours of operation are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays except by reservation.
For more information stop by 1608 FM 2410, Harker Heights, Texas 76548 or call 254-458-8797

Krenn

Yes, please tell us WHERE this restaurant is located! Isn't that a part of good journalism? To always answer the question WHERE?

Katleisinger

Hours of operation are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays except by reservation.
For more information stop by 1608 FM 2410, Harker Heights, Texas 76548 or call 254-458-8797

Smithjr38

I Called. on 2410 they are past the HH HIgh School about a mile past Knights high school. and She said across from the Community Park and near the HH Trash dump . I will go in a few day as they are now on 29 Sep out of schnitzel . ( I think that is the old Cajan food building. which used to be on the right before the park)
Happy to have a new German Restaurant in the area.
By the way German music fans Check our Y tube . Search GMC ( German Music Cannel)
and most of all the most popular German music Star Andrea Berg. that is good pop music set to the Tudor German beat you don;t have to speak German to enjoy it an Andrea is one Beautiful red head who has over 80+ hits in Germany

texasgoat

Sounds great, where is it located?

Katleisinger

Hours of operation are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays except by reservation.
For more information stop by 1608 FM 2410, Harker Heights, Texas 76548 or call 254-458-8797

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