Another reviewer quite accurately described The German Café as a “find.” My wife and I found The German Café to be a delightfully cozy find on a Saturday evening down by the water when most of the restaurants on Front Street were crowded and noisy with Coast Guard personnel, even though Wilmington’s Coast Guard ship was at the time on illicit drug interdiction duty in the Caribbean. Michiko and I had walked up and down Front Street before going to the Water street area to find a suitable restaurant. The German Cave is in an old red brick building. The inner walls of the place are also still red brick. Our waitress was a cheerful, buxom German (in appearance anyway) girl showing enough cleavage to increase her tip rate by at least 20 percent. The food was wonderful. Michiko was very cheerful throughout the entire stroll and dinner. While we were walking back to the hotel, I told Michiko, "I left that waitress an ample tip because she was ISSHOKENMEI (a Japanese word meaning eager and hard working)." Michiko agreed, "Yes, she was ISSHOKENMEI." I didn't say, "I left her an ample tip because she showed ample cleavage."