Cozy atmosphere, good eats bring people back to the ’berg

Eating at The Heidelberg has become a Columbia tradition where it has been dubbed “The Berg.” The Heidelberg has been serving locals and students since 1963. Located on the edge of MU campus at 410 S. 9th St., customers of all ages enjoy spending afternoons or evenings at The Heidelberg because of its excellent atmosphere.

The menu includes German dishes, as well as popular foods found at your local bar and grill. Fried pork loin, German potato salad and a mouth-watering Reuben are a few meal options for under $10 each. Walking in the door, you are instantly greeted by a friendly face. The restaurant atmosphere is whimsical. It is difficult to be in a bad mood at The Heidelberg.

When I visited The Heidelberg, I ordered bacon and cheddar chicken for $9. In the past, I have tried the Heidelburger, which is a hamburger topped with American cheese and strips of bacon. Also the fish and chips at The Heidelberg is delicious; battered cod, served with fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw.

After a fire destroyed the building 10 years ago, the owners rebuilt with the goal of keeping the same atmosphere customers had come to know and love. And they did. The décor is eccentric. The wooden booths and tables and the walls that hold pictures filled with MU memories create a homey feeling. With rooftop seating, you can enjoy one of the best views of campus and Columbia’s downtown district. Although the lighting isn’t always bright enough, I feel that is part of The Heidelberg’s personality. Although The Heidelberg does not offer catering, you can reserve the banquet room that holds up to 50 people. This makes The Heidelberg the perfect location for any celebration.

I have enjoyed eating at the Berg multiple times through the years, but the last time I was there, something seemed different. Walking in with my friends, I finally felt like I was part of the community. As a visitor, the restaurant is a great experience, but when you’re there as an MU student and Columbia resident, everything changes.

Realizing that you are now part of The Heidelberg’s tradition gives you a sense of belonging. As an official MU tiger, I can call “The Berg” home. As The Heidelberg’s website states, “Between 1963 and now, a lot has changed – times – faces – places, but always there is The Heidelberg … where good times and good food are famous.

Payton Kinnison

About the Author Payton Kinnison

Payton Kinnison has taken her love of reading and turned it into a love of editing. In high school she read over friends’ manuscripts for novels and gave them advice and critique. She worked on her high school yearbook, combing through the pages for mistakes. She also participated in top clubs like Future Teachers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and Spanish club. When Kinnison graduated from her high school in Bethany, Mo., she knew exactly where she wanted to pursue her next adventure, after coming to visit her older sister in Columbia, Mo., many times and having taken a liking to the city. Currently she is a freshman majoring in science and agricultural journalism at the University of Missouri. Ultimately, Kinnison hopes to work for a publishing company and maybe even become a copy-editor someday.