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my dad is homesick and craving good german food and beer. we are in orlando but willing to drive to end his craving. any ideas?

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  1. If you were in the Panhandle, there's a German place in Bluewater Bay called the Bitburger Pub that supposedly got a good chef in some time earlier this year. But that's a heckava hike from Orlando.

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    1. re: beachmouse

      Your father is going to be VERY happy! I just called Bauern-Stube on S. Orange Ave (just North of Sand Lake Rd.) and they have reopened. They were closed for 9 months due to fire. They are closed on Sundays. Take your dad there and you will make his day. Very good, authentic German food. The special of the day is usually the best bet too. Enjoy!

      1. re: Floridabarley

        I concur. I had two marvelous meals there before their disasterous fire right before Christmas last year.

        I'll be heading there soon to retry, but based on my experience it will be a home run.

        Bob

        1. re: Floridabarley

          Hooray! I loved this place. Glad to see it reopen. Roadtrip!

        2. re: beachmouse

          I ate there late in 2005 and it was awful. I'm a German food snob -- and it may have been German food, but it was not good German food.

          1. re: mrgore

            Curious about the German restaurant(s) you do reccommend?

            Bob

        3. The one that I like here in St. Petersburg is Cafe Vienna. It is in the process of moving to a new location on 4th St. N. just north of the Wine Warehouse.

          John

          1. Key West has a place called Martins. Its a German Cafe and one of the better places there.

            1. BTW, if you are in St. Pete, there is Cafe Mozart which is a german bakery on 4th St. N. also. Very good.

              John

              1. Have you tried Old Germany? I have a German friend who loves to eat there. I have never been there myself though.

                http://www.oldgermanyrestaurant.com/

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                1. re: Ruthie44

                  I have been there and it was nasty. I lived in Germany for 5 years, so I know German food and this was not it.

                2. I just did a quick google and found two:

                  Bauern Stube in Orlando and Olg Germany in Winter Park..

                  Maybe do a little research on them?

                  1. There's the Heidelberg Restaurant in Cocoa Beach (321-783-6806). We haven't eaten there since moving to Melbourne about a year ago, but apparently it's been there for sometime, so it must be doing something right.

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                    1. re: cavandre

                      Heidelberg has a jazz club next door, Heidi's, which is pretty well regarded. Anyway, if you go to Heidi's site and click on the menu and scroll down, you can see the restaurant menu: http://www.heidisjazzclub.com/

                      1. re: cavandre

                        I thought Heidelberg closed down? Isnt there a Chinese place there now?

                        Did it move?

                        1. re: littlelea

                          There is a gourmet Chinese restaurant around the corner from Heidelberg, "Yen Yens". Great food. (I find most Chinese food horribly greasy.)

                          I have never dined at Heidelberg, but have friends who rave about it.

                      2. Also a place just north of Deland. Can't remember the name, but we used to go there when my daughter was attending Stetson.

                        1. The place is west of Deland, called Emmy's Time Out Tavern, on Old New York Avenue. They have some German food on the menu all the time, but the time to go is once a month when they have German Day. November's is this coming Sunday, there will be a band, polka dancing, a fixed menu, usually can choose from 3 or 4 entries, sides, etc.

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                          1. re: janebold

                            Been to Emmy's. Pretty good, though it is not SPECIFICALLY german. Just a heavily-influenced German menu. Rockin' Saur Kraut!

                          2. In Fort Lauderdale there is Bavarian Village. I haven't been there in years, so I don't know if they are still any good, but they were when I used to live there.

                            http://bavarianvillagerestaurant.com/...

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                            1. re: sivyaleah

                              I went to Bavarian Village YEARS ago, and it was fantastic. I remember having the cherry duckling, and loving it. Also in Fort Lauderdale is Old Heidelberg http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/154820... - again, it's been years, but it was always a pleaser. It has a more beirgarten party feel to it than Bavarian Village had.

                            2. I second Emmy's!!! It is probably the best german food in Florida. If you don't want to make the drive the willow tree cafe in sanford is the only "schnitzel haus' in florida. I like Bob's signature schnitzel topped with fried egg and anchovies! MMMM!!

                              If you do make it to Emmy's try the rouladin or the pork shank cooked in saurkraut all day then thrown on a hot oak fired grill!-! Emmy has great steaks as well. She also makes a stiff drink! Dancing with great german sing alongs. Emmy even sings!

                              1. Two Jacksonville options for German goodies - both run by chefs from the formar Yugoslavia w/ extensive experience cooking in Germany.

                                1. Schnitzel Haus on Bowden Road at the corner of Parental Home Rd. Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel, etc. - fresh spaetzel in house - pretty good stuff altogether. Try the mixed grill if you're really hungry.

                                2. Old Bridge Restaurant on St. Augustine Rd. in the Dupont Center - the chef is from Mostar. Schnitzels and other german delight, I like the spaetzel a bit better at Schnitzel house, but all else is really good here as well. Outstanding cevapi (yugoslavian garlic sausage.)

                                Big Bonus!! both places offer cevapi made in house - not greasy - very nice. Old Bridge has the flat bread and kimak (ask for it) to go with it as well. Recommended highly if this floats your boat. If you haven't tried this and you're a sausage lover - try it, you'll like it.

                                1. Old Germany is quite good and Emmy's in DeLand is quite good, I just don't want to drive that far for German food.

                                  The place in Melbourne -- Heidelberg, I think -- didn't work for me. Two bad service experiences, the food was ok, soured me on the place.

                                  I also had a bad food experience at Gain's on the S.O.B.T. and would not go back or reccomend it. Most of the kitchen staff is Hispanic and wouldn't know a struesel from a schnitzel.

                                  There is a German family that runs a steakhouse in Ocoee called Matthew's that does a mix of American Steakhouse and German food which can be good, if you don't want the full German food experience and a good steak.

                                  The Bauern Stube (8015 S Orange Ave. (407)857-8404 had a fire a year ago and as far as I know has not reopened. Please check and if they are open, I highly reccommend them.

                                  If they are open again would be my first choice, with Old Germany second. Both are in Orlando.

                                  Bob

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                                  1. re: Bob Mervine

                                    One addendum. The earlier-mentioned Hollerback Willow Tree is downtown Sanford is also first rate, and with a great selection of imported German beers.

                                    Bob

                                    1. re: Bob Mervine

                                      I have been there and the Willow has great food- just like I used to get when I lived in Germany. It is run by Germans. When I talked with the owner last fall, she told me that they plan on opening a German grocery within the next year. It will also be in Sanford.

                                      Also, if you happen to be in Largo, there is a great German grocery store there- International Wursthaus German Deli. It is at 1995 East Bay Dr, (East of Highland and West of Keene) - 727 586 1980

                                  2. WE love The German Hestaurant in Holiday

                                    http://www.the-german-restaurant.com/

                                    The owners are friendly, the food is great and they have a very good beer and wine selection. What else could you want?

                                    1. There are at least three German restaurants within a mile of my home on Treasure island, and two of them have been around for years. The most well known is:
                                      Der Eisenhut 357 Corey Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-367-6495,
                                      Also, Cafe Berlin, 124 107th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706-4716 727 367-2495
                                      Also, a good bakery called German Baker Boy on Corey in St. Pete Beach...
                                      so when you're craving a beach day, drive over to St. Pete Beach and you can check 'em all out. Der Eisenhut and German Baker Boy are a block apart. There is another new one on Gulf Blvd about two blocks away also - no listing yet on the internet, and I can't remember the name.

                                      We have alot of German expats here after all!

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                                      1. re: joan

                                        Thanks for the recommendations. Will be T.I. in June and try out Der Eisenhut and Cafe Berlin. Intended to do this last year in June, however, Cafe Berlin was closed for vacation and the Eisenhut's phone was disconnected, maybe they take an annual summer vacation too. Would you know anything about that? Found the German Baker Boy, very good, liked their cold cut selection too.

                                        1. re: Mimi1941

                                          Mimi, Der Eisenhut is gone. They are renovating the space into some kind of upscale cafe. I will try to find out what happened to the couple that owns Der Eisenhut, because they've been in the area for decades, and have moved a couple of times. Sorry I missed your post til now - hopefully you haven't arrived yet!

                                          1. re: Mimi1941

                                            Cafe Berlin won rave reviews from our group's Berliner. It's definitely time to go back as the weather gets cooler. Also want to get back to Budapest Restaurant in New Port Richey for Eastern European fare.

                                          2. re: joan

                                            There is also the Balvarian House on Gulf Blvds., St. Pete Beach

                                            1. re: Largoroom

                                              Has anyone tried the Bavarian House ? I've heard it's good and cheap .
                                              I plan to try it tomorrow and will report

                                          3. Old Heidleberg in Fort Lauderdale has authentic German food and beer. And, there is a deli next door selling German food.

                                            1. In the Palm Beach county area, there is the European Deli in Lake Worth (402 N. Dixie Highway)--very good German food (we go there when my German brother-in-law is visiting) and Heidleberg in Tequesta on US 1.

                                              1. It has been awhile since I've been, but there was a pretty good german restaurant in Melbourne, I think called "Eidelweiss". It was on US1, south of rt 192. Maybe someone on the board can give an update

                                                PP48

                                                1. I've driven by The German Restaurant on 19 in New Port Richey and have heard it's good, but haven't tried it yet. I'd like to, if for no other reason than because I'm intrigued by the kitchy floral designs on the building! Any remarks on this establishment?

                                                  1. Just a follow up on Bauern-Stube in Orlando. My husband & I just revisited last Thursday. The food is actually better than I remember. Allow enough time for service though. There was a lot of people and only one waitress. Still...a nice authentic meal. A few things you want to be aware of...they add 15% grat. to the meal regardless of the # of people in your party and if they aren't busy, they will close early. There is also entertainment on Friday and Saturday. FYI Scott Joseph & Orlando Sentinel readers gave Willow Tree in Sanford nice reviews. HOWEVER, while good, Bauern-Stube is far superior. ENJOY!

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                                                    1. re: Floridabarley

                                                      Agree that, overall, Bauern-Stube has better, more authentic German food than Willow Tree.

                                                      Cannot wait to go back.

                                                      Bob

                                                    2. I've been to Edelweiss in the past few months... it's an outstanding, though a bit small (but those are the best type!) mom-and-pop operation in Melbourne. Great food!

                                                      1. AL E. Gators in Mount Dora will be serving a German Xmas Dinner this Xmas Day starting at 4:00pm. This year will feature Rouladin with potato pancakes, saurkraut, and homemade bread and apple strudel for desert! ALL for $7.95!
                                                        They also sell German Bier

                                                        1. YES! NOW I CAN FINALLY SCREAM YES THERE IS!!!

                                                          Hofbrau Munchen just opened up last night on Lincoln Rd in South Beach...this is unbelievable news! I spoke to someone inside who said "give us two weeks". They are serving beer and I did see a dessert go out, I am not sure if their full menu is in swing yet. This is the biggest most famous beer hall in all of Germany!

                                                          They took over the Lincoln Road Cafe site which has been in a down hill spiral for years now. I think we can afford to lose a sub-par cubano joint here in the MIA in light of the fact that there are plenty of good ones around. And what a trade! For a chowhound, this is like the day we got SHAQ here in the MIA!

                                                          Bottoms up Baby!

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                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                            Must say, I had dinner at Bauern Stube Tuesday night. The food was as good or better than before the fire. They re-opened in September.

                                                            Still the owner with one assistant doing all the waitressing and one person in the kitchen, so service is slow.

                                                            And you better be ready to order when she visits your table. Any hesitation, she's gone and says, "No rush, we're backed up anyway."

                                                            I had the Gypsy schnitzel with paprika and onions, the spaetzele with cheese and red cabbage and a wonderful pea soup. The goulash is also superb.

                                                            Wines are limited and on the sweet side -- stick to the beer.

                                                            We had a great chocolate mousse for desert, comps because of the delay and a little shot of sweet berry and whipped cream that was quite nice.

                                                            All in all, well worth the price and the hurry up and wait. Top of my list now for Orlando German food.

                                                            Bob.

                                                            1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                              My friend and I were very excited to eat there this last Saturday and had one of the worse dining experiences I have had in years, yes years. Her ex husband was German and I being a Chef just love food (and my Mexican father was stationed in Germany for 5 years so I grew up eating it) We pretty much knew what we wanted as soon as we entered, we were so excited to eat some German. Our drinks were forgotten, the food took FOREVER, her chicken schnitzle "snapped" when she bit into it, no, not the crust, the flesh, the spatzle was like boiled white bread with black pepper water as gravy and the red cabbage can best be described as off color and smelled like potpourri. My sausages looked like at best they had been nuked in a microwave. When I got up to tell the server (My friend's schnitzel was awful) some lady pops up and started screaming at me and telling me not to judge German cuisine and that me and my friend "Don't know what we are talking about" the whole restaurant is staring at me and my friend so we decide to just get the check and the lady is yelling at us because you cannot pay for a check when it is not written yet. Before we leave she slams down schnapps in espresso mugs for us since there was a problem with the food and then demands us to drink it. We won't be going back. I wish we had had an enjoyable situation but the food was atrocious and the service was top notch terrible.

                                                              1. re: PetriesDish

                                                                whew.....I thought it was my imagination. I ate there about two years ago and I have to say I thought the food was really "gross". I know this sounds harsh, but after reading all of the positive reviews I too was very excited about having some really great german food. After eating there, it really made me wonder what people considered "good" to be because I had grown up in Cleveland with german/hungarian "aunts" that always cooked for us and my dinner was nothing like what I had grown up with. I know that some will say that I have no idea what "good" is, but my parents owned restaurants and a catering service and I do know what "aweful" is.

                                                          2. The place north of Deland, is Karlings, and is in Deleon Springs. I am not a fan of german food, but this place is one of the best places I have dined. Very creative menu, such as sauerkrut soup. Sounds horrid for this semi-cajun,but very good.

                                                            1. i love the willow tree in sanford - old germany was so-so. never been to bauern stube, will have to check it out.

                                                              downtown sanford has some great spots for those who like a good beer - willow tree, emerald hen, the alley, i think even blue dahlia had some decent beers last time we were over that way.

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                                                              1. re: hitachino

                                                                I second the Willow Tree...

                                                              2. Naples has a substantial German community, especially in season. For German food and beer, we like:

                                                                Old Europe Bistro
                                                                2464 Vanderbilt Beach Road Ext, Naples, 34109
                                                                Phone: 239-254-9690
                                                                Web site: http://www.oldeuropebistro.com
                                                                Review: http://www.naplesnews.com/places/old_...

                                                                This is a very nice, small, cozy family-run place that serves traditional Czech and German dishes. Among our favorites are the schnitzel (veal or pork), lamb shank with rosemary potatoes, crispy pork shank with sauerkraut, and the authentic plum dumpling dessert. There's a charming outdoor patio. It seems to be very popular with German and Czech nationals, judging by the conversation at nearby tables. Excellent German and Czech beers are available on tap. Closed Mondays. The place also closes down for a time in the summer when the owner returns to Europe. It's located right next to Sam Snead's in the Naples Walk center at the SE corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport Road.

                                                                1. The Heidelberg Restaurant has been around for so many years and has always been so good. I think it is still owned by the origional family too. It's not too terribly far from Orlando and it's just a block from the beach.

                                                                  1. In Jacksonville - we like the German Schnitzel House on Atlantic Blvd. (not to be confused with the Schnitzel House). It's having a Bavarian festival day this Saturday (February the 18th).

                                                                    1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Karlings Inn. Of course it is way of the main road on 17-92 in Deleon Springs. About an hour drive for you but through some old-time, pretty FL. Award winning, Zagat rated German food.

                                                                      1. I followed this thread eagerly. The scene isn't so good here in the bay area. Schnitzelhaus on waters has decent food, but the owner is a rude boor, so i won't go anymore. The only time i left NO TIP in my life was the last time i dined there.

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                                                                        1. re: andy huse

                                                                          Try Good Times restaurant on Tierre Verde or Cafe Vienna on 4th Street in St Pete
                                                                          Both very good.

                                                                          1. re: andy huse

                                                                            Looks like Schnitzelhaus is set to close on May 14.

                                                                          2. In Tampa: not a restaurant, a sandwich and deli joint but had a good experience with Schiller's German Deli on El Prado. Alternative to the crowds at Wright's on the weekend.

                                                                            Also hit Castellano & Pizzo for good sandwiches when not in mood for Wright's lines.

                                                                            matt
                                                                            FloridaFoodHound
                                                                            http://www.flfoodhound.com

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                                                                            1. re: tastetampabay

                                                                              schillers is oustanding. great beer selection and specialty items.

                                                                            2. Yalaha Bakery
                                                                              http://www.yalahabakery.com/
                                                                              about 40 minutes northwest of Orlando in the tiny village of Yalaha near Howey-in-the-Hills and south of Leesburg. A very unlikely spot for this top notch german bakery, but it is there. Not really a resturant, but they do sandwich type lunches. The bread, however, is the real deal, and of course, bread is dear to every German's heart. Only place around Orlando to get real volkorn brot (but they make the volkorn only on certain days - wednesday, I think). The pastries are also superb. German is the kitchen language there, and the kitchen staff includes natives of Germany, Switzerland, Alsace, and a german-speaking Japanese guy. Live music outside in the warm months.

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                                                                              1. re: Jakamofena

                                                                                I second this, I was taken here by a german that in three attempts had tried to get a baked good to me from here without eating it. I am also game to a place where drinking is encouraged before noon with insanely good pastry and baked goods. The breads are amazing, the pastries were made to exact standards of perfection. It was amzing how good such basic pastries could be, very worth the drive!

                                                                              2. From Jacksonville we go to European Street Cafe. Two great things there.
                                                                                1. the largest variety of German beer anywhere!! ( I like the Hacker Pschorr Wheat)
                                                                                2. Almost all the meals are less then $10.
                                                                                oh yeah there is a 3. HAPPY HOUR - 2 for 1 from 4:30 till 7:00.
                                                                                The menu is varied with a lot of German entries mixed in, great place for a regular meal. There are now 3 of them in JAX.

                                                                                1. Hollerbach's willow tree is the answer. always open and fresch and they have a live band on the weekends that will make you feel like you are the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Great Weisswurst and WeizenBier

                                                                                  1. RIP the Dab Haus on Miami Beach. Closed about a year ago. Had about the best bratwurst and the best sauerkraut that I have ever eaten, including Germany.

                                                                                    1. This might be an odd question, but Miameros, do you know if Selva Negra (Black Forest in English) on Flagler (I think, near 27th Avenue) in Miami is German?

                                                                                      1. The German Restaurant on US 19 N. in Holiday FL. has great food. North of Tarpon Springs and South of New Port Richey.

                                                                                        1. There's a German restaurant off of Orange Ave. South, in the Pine Castle area called the Bauren-Stube. Been there forever. Phone's (407) 857-8404 and it's at 8015 S Orange Ave Orlando, FL. Small, friendly. Used to eat there all the time and the food's pretty good.

                                                                                          1. Wonderful little restaurant on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg. Cafe Vienna. They have the entire family there, and all do the cooking. I 275 to 4th Street Exit. Not sure if they have a website, but I am sure they would fax you menu or you could call them.

                                                                                            1. In Broward there is a delicious German Bakery called the German Bread Haus. Most of the items are organic too. They have the most unbelievable Stollen during the holidays and the greatest gingerbread and other German pastries. You got to check that out too - run by really lovely people - oh and they were written up in New Times Best Of edition last year!

                                                                                              1. In case any one's still looking, try Karling's Inn in DeLeon Springs, just north on U.S. 17 out of DeLand.

                                                                                                1. Hey I was just taken to a great one today. Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford, FL (aka very close to Orlando) is great. They have lots of choices, a spot for a band to play and great outdoor seating. On top of that when you are done you can stroll through downtown Sanford and see some great antique shops and book stores.

                                                                                                  1. Last night I had a real authentic german dinner at the new "Schnitzel Factory" in Ocala. It was delicious, the chef's/owners real germans definitely know about german "Kueche". The place was welcoming, the servers friendly, the food absolutely mouthwatering. you can find Ray and his wife Susanne at 1053 N.E. 14th Street Plaza in Ocala, where Eddie’s Place used to be. They just opened a week ago, I think, and are already packed (mostly with germans, LOL). A Fun place to be!

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                                                                                                    1. re: cora

                                                                                                      Cora, my inlaws are German and we took them to the Schnitzel Factory in Ocala on Sunday, August 10th.

                                                                                                      While the food was excellent, the service was atrocious. First of all, our waitress got fired. We sat for over an hour after she had taken our order, waiting on our food. And, when we placed the order, we were told we couldn't have any veal dishes because they ran out of veal.

                                                                                                      When we were finally able to flag a different waitress down after we had placed the order, she apologized and told us the waitress was fired. It was 1.5 hours before we received our food. During this time, their soda machine broke, as well as the beer dispenser. The only thing they had left to drink was water and tea.

                                                                                                      Then, during that time, they had to close the place down because they ran out of most of their food. They also ran out of rolls. We went about 11:30 on Sunday and didn't leave until 1:45.

                                                                                                      The lady at the front apologized and said that 1) they had run out of food and 2) their kitchen only had room for one cook which was why it took so long to get the food.

                                                                                                      I would add that this place has the ambience of an upscale McDonalds. The tableclothes are plastic (and torn at that) and there are very few things on the wall.

                                                                                                      I would try them again, as I understand they just opened. But, it will be 6 months at least before I do. They clearly do not have the kinks worked out.

                                                                                                      1. re: sstinso01

                                                                                                        I just went to the new Restaurant The Schnitzel Factory in Ocala, Fl.

                                                                                                        They have the first real authentic food I ever eat in Florida. I tried the Jaeger schnitzel with the German potato salad and red cabbage. My husband eats the sample platter which was a mix of bratwurst, leberkaese and frikadelle and a side of spaetzle and red cabbage. It was delicious and the best German food I ever eat and I tried a lot of German Restaurants in the south of Florida.

                                                                                                        The service was very good even the place was so crowded and people waiting in a line to get e free table. I enjoy the German beer on tap and nice German background music. I meet the owner and he and his wife are very nice people. I just make reservations for the upcoming Oktoberfest. I highly recommend this Restaurant. They have a homepage as well and the menu is been listed there. http://www.theschnitzelfactory.com

                                                                                                    2. In Miami... there is the Schnitzel Haus on the 79th street causeway. http://www.schnitzelhausmiami.com/dai... You may get run over trying to get into the parking lot (it's a sharp turn, right off 79th street before the bridge), but I love the schnitzel. The beer is good too. The chef (Alex) is kind and super-attentive to detail... He left a renowned German joint (off U.S.1 in Downtown) to open up his own place, so he takes a lot of pride in his work. Great german grub, I say. :)

                                                                                                      1. The German Restaurant in New Port Richey/Holiday; the name cracks me up. we've only been there once but the people are friendly and the food was great. We both want to go back. So many restaurants, so little time!!

                                                                                                        1. There's an excellent German restaurant in St. Pete called Cafe Vienna. Their food and service are both good.

                                                                                                          1. There's a good review of this restaurant at http://www.tampabay.com/features/food...
                                                                                                            Mr. Dundebak's - 14929 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa 813.977.4104
                                                                                                            It used to be at University Square maill.

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                                                                                                            Mr. Dunderbak's
                                                                                                            Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613

                                                                                                            1. If you are in Holiday, Florida ( between Darlington and Sunray, 4 miles north of Tarpon Springs on US Highway 19, 4 miles south of New Port Richey on US Highway 19) check out "The German Restaurant." http://www.the-german-restaurant.com/...
                                                                                                              2616 US Highway 19, Holiday, FL 34691 (727) 937 7400

                                                                                                              1. just north of orlando...willow tree cafe on 1st street in historic downtown sanford. that place is made of yum!

                                                                                                                1. I ate at Hans Cafe off of Howell Branch tonight and had the Sausage Platter, consisting of Swiss bratwurst and Slovak sausage, both made in-house, over homemade sauerkraut and served with potato wedges.

                                                                                                                  My girlfriend had Chicken Paprikash with spatzel, which was good, though I have not had this dish before so I have no real basis for comparison.

                                                                                                                  The meal was preceeded by a nice salad with walnuts, dried cranberries and some sort of fresh mango relish over greens. We had an apple strudel for desert, which was good but not the highpoint of the meal.

                                                                                                                  As for the beer, they did have a decent selection of German brews on the menu, including Monschoff Schwarzbier, a personal favorite, but for the prices being charged and to pair with the sausages, I stuck with a Czech pilsener (Urquell).

                                                                                                                  Overall the experience was worth the price. Service was fast and friendly, though the place was pretty empty given that we didn't show up until 8:30 and it's a Sunday following the holiday, so I don't know how much that means. I'd like to go back relatively soon and try one of the many schnitzels on the menu and with an out-of-the way location as it were, I hope this place gets enough business to hang around for a while..

                                                                                                                  1. I am awaiting to get beaten with brautwurst for this one, but god do I love Biergarten in Germany at Epcot in Walt Disney World. I have a German friend that is taking me on Sunday, she says it is the best she has had outside of Germany. I have never been to Germany, but I think it is the best Spatzle, sausages... I could drink the mushroom gravy by the litre stein...I think it's the best German I've had.

                                                                                                                    1. The American German Club in Lantana has their monthly picnic this Sunday - they usually have Brat's, Leberkase and other German fare, $15.00 entrance includes food, beverages & entertainment - (American beers included, the German beer does cost extra). Food's not bad, & good atmosphere.

                                                                                                                      http://americangermanclub.org/calenda...

                                                                                                                      1. Cafe Vienna by far, service excellent, food amazing and just very nice people.

                                                                                                                        1. Mr. Dunderbacks in Tampa is an outstanding German style deli with a fabulous beer selection. They just opened a new restaurant close to USF ob Bruce B Downs highway
                                                                                                                          http://www.dunderbaks.com/ here's the link

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                                                                                                                          1. re: gourmrtcook

                                                                                                                            seconded, this is a really fabulous place!

                                                                                                                            1. re: mbounds

                                                                                                                              Thirded, Dunderbaks is killer, and has over 50 beers on tap! Great spot!

                                                                                                                          2. It's not German but Little Prague in Naples has excellent authentic Czech food. Extensive menu. Owners are from Bratislova, Slovakia and Prague, CR. In a undistinguished strip shopping area at 3rd and 41st, it has sit down dining in a very sweet and and small European-styled dining area with starched white tablecloths, red bouganvilla in small vases. Owners on site and very friendly.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: irishrose

                                                                                                                              Naples has two good German restaurants.

                                                                                                                              Jaegerhaus Restaurant behind Mel's Diner
                                                                                                                              Rudi European Restaurant (where Heidelberg was, years ago)

                                                                                                                            2. In Naples, I would pass on Jaegerhaus and try Rudi's.

                                                                                                                              1. Cafe Vienna in St. Petersburg.

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                                                                                                                                Cafe Vienna
                                                                                                                                5625 4th St N Ste 6, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

                                                                                                                                1. Heidelberg in Cocoa Beach - been there, OK, jazz program can be interesting. For me, worth the drive. It's not Germany, but it's funj.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: LoveMyBubbles

                                                                                                                                    Have you tried Cafe Coconut Cove in Melbourne Beach?

                                                                                                                                    http://www.cafecoconutcove.com/

                                                                                                                                    1. re: cavandre

                                                                                                                                      Have you eaten at Edelweiss in Melbourne? Great little place with a good German clientel and an wonder couple who own/run the place. It's small and doesn't have a large selection day to day (like I said, it's small) but what it does it does very well. Cured me of my need to drive to The Willow Tree.

                                                                                                                                  2. I'm an American born citizen of German descent and love most all ethnic food but adore the German Purity Law for brewing and find the food that the Germans prepare to accompany it is a wonderful good time. The Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford is incredible. The most amazing list of beer and the food is as much a real version of what I can imagine it might be over there. The owner is regularly seen visiting and imbibing with the patrons and the night is always a party. Simply stated, it's the best German restaurant I could dream of.

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                                                                                                                                    Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
                                                                                                                                    205 E 1st St Ste D, Sanford, FL 32771

                                                                                                                                    1. Oh, it makes me think of the Old Heidlberg Castle in Sarasota. It was a historic landmark in Sarasota and during my childhood days visiting my grandparents in the early 1980's is was a really fun restaurant with German folks dancing and good food. However, I believe it has now sadly been torn down to make way for a Walgreens.

                                                                                                                                      1. Try Mr. Dunderback's in Tampa http://www.dunderbaks.com/

                                                                                                                                        1. There's the Old Hamburg Schnitzel House in Bradenton Beach. My mother grew up in a German-speaking home and she loves this place.

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                                                                                                                                          Schnitzel House
                                                                                                                                          17284 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

                                                                                                                                          1. The Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford has just opened a grocery- you can now get lots of stuff to cook at home!

                                                                                                                                            http://www.willowtreecafe.com/

                                                                                                                                            1. Surprised by the repeated recs for Mr Dunderbaks. Fun place, great for beer- but the food has always struck me as German-inspired.

                                                                                                                                              We just tried Taste of Berlin in Brandon last week. Food was very flavorful and well presented. Potato soup was excellent. Cute place, though they were closing at 8:30p on a Friday. (Is that because they roll up the sidewalks in Brandon at 9 pm?) My Berliner friend gave big thumbs up on the food, but dessert was a little less exciting. AND you can bring your own beer and wine right now since they do not have the liquor license yet.

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                                                                                                                                              Taste of Berlin
                                                                                                                                              526 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

                                                                                                                                              1. European Schnitzel House in Daytona Beach.
                                                                                                                                                http://hb17.com/

                                                                                                                                                1. how about in or near Tampa, or east of it?? Sent this before I could read ALL the threads, but Taste of Berlin will be close. Anything else close by, without driving to St. Pete or Sanford?

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KyMikey

                                                                                                                                                    Again, Cafe Vienna (right across the Gandy bridge, and down 4th) is well worth the drive. Steve is the Head Chef and when you go there, tell him Mark said to call a brotha brotha sometime.
                                                                                                                                                    By far the best in the area.The zigeuner schnitzel is the Bomb.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Largoroom

                                                                                                                                                      Thanx !!

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: KyMikey

                                                                                                                                                      The German Restaurant in Holiday is where we go when we visit my parents in New Port Richey. Might be more North than you are looking for, though.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Mr. Dunderbaks in Tampa is AWESOME wunderbar!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Are any of the recommended places Hof Brau style joints?