Heidi&Tell is a burger place that simply delivers great, fresh tasting burgers, crispy fries, soup and some sweets of the day. Ah, yes, all that and beers as well. So what made me think of the Swiss Hooters reference? Actually, it is just because of one poster and that’s really the only reason. The food is way better than any Hooters, McDonalds or Burger King together.
If I think of burgers, I think of McDonald’s sticky floors, spongy bread, cheese that doesn’t taste like cheese, and fries that are made of some potato starch paste. Honestly, the only times I actually go to McDonalds is to use the bathroom.
Now, I’ve had good burgers, but since I live in Zurich, it would be quite a way to go to a Five Guys burger place in the US. After a friend recommended Heidi & Tell, I no longer have to cross the Atlantic to satisfy my burger fix. I even like the place itself with the non-sticky wooden floors, simple wooden tables, a really nice terrace towards the Tessiner Platz at Bahnhof Enge, and live streaming music courtesy of Carolina webradio.
The best of all is that all the ingredients are 100% natural with no additives, preservatives or any of the other junk that makes me dislike fast food in the first place.
An added bonus also is that the burgers come in a little carton box, which helps non-experienced burger eaters like me to minimize the mess. Great idea! All cups, cutleries and serviettes support their sustainably friendly environment (you won’t find any plastic at Heidi&Tell for sure).
Burgers are made with Swiss meat and come on a handmade bun, and cheese with a Swiss twist, which basically means that you choose from Gruyere, Appenzeller or Emmentaler cheese, and get some HT (Heidi&Tell) fries on the side. The fries are even sprinkled with cheese and parsley and somehow make you feel healthy as you eat them.
Heidi&Tell is comfortable, even though clearly set up as a Take Away. You can definitely spend some time in there, surfing the Wi-Fi for free. The atmosphere is down-to-earth, music in the background, maybe the waitresses are not the most happy ones, when you don’t get the ordering system right away, but the good coffee and the brownie manage to make up for any problems.