Thanks to brandy, I can now enjoy my next bauernschinken sandwich inside Hess German Delicatessen & Bakery in Lakewoood. Hess now has two tables and four chairs inside. Lack of seating has never been a deal breaker for patronizing Hess -- great European-style deli meats, great old-world pretzels, a solid German beer selection and Bavarian grocery gems like sauerkraut juice, hold the kraut. I'm just glad I don't have eat in my car anymore.
What's behind the tables? Blame it on the beans -- in particular, Asbach Brandy beans and its chocolate, booze-filled candy bretheren that Hess recently began selling. Hess co-owner Joanie DeGrande said in order to sell the booze-filled chocolates, the State Liquor Control Board required Hess to change its liquor license status from grocery store to snack bar. Dine-in seating is a perk of the new license.
Hess German Delicatessen & Bakery: 6108 Mount Tacoma Drive S.W., Suite A1, Lakewood; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 253-584-1451.