German or Sausage in the city
- chowhund Jun 22, 2006 11:55 AM
I have company of German heritage coming to town and am looking for good German food or local sausage house in the area to make up for an unfortunate Oktoberfest experience on their last visit.
I'm willing to drive for great food so we aren't limited to the city. All suggestions appreciated...TIA
I second Suppenkuche if you're on that side of the Bay. The menus of Speisekammer and Suppenkuche are almost identical (except for quark, which is a big deal to some people). Suppenkuche has more space and rarely any waiting time, though, if you are bringing a big party.
I do like Walzwerk, though, as do my Berliner friends (one of whom has a photo on the wall from the communist days), for a totally different dining experience.
Dittmer's Wurst-Haus in Mt. View is a destination German situation. While they don't cook their sausages to eat there, it's one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed. Dittmer smokes and cures everything from bacon, hams, turkey, sausages and salami. Their meat counter must be 50 feet long and filled to the brim with carefully laden rows of all thing German. And behind you are shelves filled with fine German mustards and related. The staff are more than helpful and happy and I noticed that many are placing their meat orders in German. And you know what? The prices are about half of what you would think. I got enough sausage and bacon to feed a family of 4 for 6 days for 45 dollars. His bacon is less than 3 dollars a pound a very clean and smooth cure/smoke. I noticed he's got prime cuts of beef for 14 dollars a pound in steak form, didn't stop to see. I drive from the East Bay to Dittmer's without a thought, I love it there.
It isn't German but Polish, Chopin Cafe in Walnut Creek.
They have something called cutlet which is the best type of weinersnitzel dish I've ever had, elegant and not heavey. So it is Eastern European and not particularily German.
IIRC, there might be another German restaurant in that area. If no one else replies, I'll search around. Unfortunately you asked the question just as the new software was installed, so the post might not get the replies it normally deserves.
However there is a great new search engine now so you might give that a try if you don't get additional replies.
Where was the unfortunate Octoberfest experience? What happened?