Chicago's Original Schnitzel Mobile. Bridgeport storefront now open M-F 10am-7pm!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Long Live the Schnitzel King!

Happy Monday schnitzelers! First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us through our schnitzel journey. We are sad to say we are closing our doors for now, but that doesn't mean the Schnitzel King will be off the road forever. With the harsh food truck laws in Chicago, coupled with some kinks at our storefront location, we've been forced to close down our schnitzel operations here in Chicago. We are taking our schnitzel to greener pastures so stay tuned for updates in the future!

We are still going to stay in our lawsuit against the City of Chicago with Cupcakes for Courage , and will be posting on our facebook regarding updates to the case. Hopefully, Chicago will come around and make the city a more friendly place for small business entrepreneurs / food truckers! 

Again, thank you all for your support, business, and friendships we've made along the way! We love you all!


Royally yours,


Monday, October 21, 2013

Vote for the Schnitzel King!

The Schnitzel King is looking to expand his empire! We have entered to win a $250,000 small business grant from Chase and need your help to win! Visit Here and vote for Da King!

With the grant, the Schnitzel King will transform the sidewalk café to a beer garden, offering more outdoor seating and liquor on the menu for the adults. There are also plans to retrofit the inside of the storefront & add a smoothie bar for summertime, and a baking/coffee area for winter. With these additions, the King will bring more jobs to the community as well. Also we will make some necessary updates to the food truck and get it back on a more regular schedule in Chicago. We’ve added Grubhub for delivery but would like to expand our delivery service further. We would also like to permanently add more locally grown produce to the menu. Last but not least we want to build an interactive website that offers online ordering, so that the moment you want your schnitzel you can place your order and be on your way to living out your schnitzel dreams!

Click the link below to cast your vote! 

And as always, the most sincere thanks to all who continue to support the Schnitzel King. We appreciate your love of schnitzel and the friendship that comes with it.

Royally Yours,

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Opening week at Da Schnitzel King storefront!

After months of renovating our storefront location at 308 W 33rd street, we were finally ready to open our doors to Chicago on June 3rd. Many natives of Bridgeport will recognize the location as the home of the former Parkside Cafe, or more recent location of Pat's Italian Beef. 

Just a few short blocks north of Sox park, game day goers and Bridgeport residents can enjoy freshly fried schnitzel and grilled meats daily. One of the renovations the King did was updating the existing charcoal grill and installing an Argentinian grill (shown below). With the help of the Schnitzel Queen's family, who've been in the meat business for over 60 years, Da King hand selects the best cuts of meat from the meat market daily. He then hand trims each cut of meat and grills it to perfection.
This week's off-da-grill special was the beef tri tip sandwich, served on fresh Turano long loaf bread and topped with our homemade beef stock/au jus, adding sautéed sweet peppers & onions as requested. 

Devoted schnitzel fans can always find their favorite schnitzels on the menu daily, ranging from the Chicago schnitzel, saucy schnitzel, and holstein schnitzel with your choice of pork or chicken. For our vegetarian friends we still carry the eggplant schnitzel and serve it up saucy with our homemade Czech red sauce & Pecorino Romano cheese. We've added schnitzel fingers to the menu for our littlest schnitzel fans, as well as handcut onion rings and handcut french fries. We carry Filbert's root beer in da keg- local to Bridgeport!- and offer it with our vanilla soft serve and whip cream for the best root beer float on the southside. 

If you're in the neighborhood stop on by, or make an afternoon of schnitzeling and let us do the cooking for you! Feel free to give us a call before hand if you want a quick pick up 312.225.7250. We'll be adding delivery to the menu soon too!

Royally Yours,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fighting for our right to Schnitzel!

It’s no secret that we've been opposed to specific, unfair & unconstitutional regulations in the new Chicago food truck ordinance. We believe that food trucks should be able to vend wherever you, the consumer, want us to; not have the government tell us where we can and can’t conduct our business based on some arbitrary reason. As many of you are aware, food trucks are currently banned to park within 200 feet of a “brick and mortar establishment”, making it almost impossible to legally park in the downtown loop. Additionally, the mandatory GPS unit that the city says we have to install at our own cost makes us feel like criminals wearing an ankle bracelet. And when the city officials who monitor the GPS see a food truck parked within 200 feet of a restaurant (regardless of whether or not the GPS unit is “accurate”) the tickets now faced are between $1,000-$2,000. Interestingly, the parking violation for parking in front of a fire hydrant is only $100, whereas when a food truck parks in front of a restaurant the fine is $2,000…. making us wonder: Is public health and safety truly the reason behind these unfair regulations? We think not.

Today, The Chicago Schnitzel King joined forces with our fellow food truckers Cupcakes for Courage and the Institute for Justice and filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago. We are hopeful that the city will recognize the need to stop playing favorites and let the best food and/or business model win, especially since other national cities such as Los Angeles haven’t had a proximity restriction since the 1980s. Since food trucks are a vibrant symbol of the American dream, we are also hopeful that the city will realize that paving the way for big business to win only jeopardizes this American Dream. 

“Schnitzel King, what will you do if you lose?” asked a reporter today. Mayo Clinic trip, perhaps? In all seriousness, we plan to keep on fighting for our right to schnitzel in the loop, and get this ordinance changed. Chicago is our home, and we want to be able to successfully operate our small business in our hometown, while helping to foster an innovative food truck community Chicago. What would you do?

Royally Yours,

Greg & Kristin