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is there german food in florida???

imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 01:30 AM

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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    beachmouse RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 01:35 AM

    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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      Floridabarley RE: beachmouse Dec 6, 2006 08:35 PM

      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!

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        Bob Mervine RE: Floridabarley Dec 7, 2006 02:00 AM

        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.


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          bkhuna RE: Floridabarley Feb 6, 2007 04:39 PM

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

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          mrgore RE: beachmouse Jun 27, 2007 09:36 AM

          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.

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            Bob Mervine RE: mrgore Jun 27, 2007 04:48 PM

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


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          RibDog RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 01:59 AM

          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.


          1. Suzie RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 02:00 AM

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

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              RibDog RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 02:00 AM

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


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                Ruthie44 RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 02:37 AM

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


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                  rosewood RE: Ruthie44 Apr 1, 2009 03:54 PM

                  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. MaspethMaven RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 02:53 AM

                  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?

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                    cavandre RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 12:22 PM

                    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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                      Covert Ops RE: cavandre Nov 17, 2006 03:27 PM

                      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/

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                        littlelea RE: cavandre Jun 27, 2007 12:21 PM

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

                        Did it move?

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                          MysticYoYo RE: littlelea Sep 15, 2007 12:59 PM

                          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.

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                        cucuzza RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 02:02 PM

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

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                          janebold RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 03:26 PM

                          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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                            Gabo RE: janebold Oct 17, 2007 05:22 AM

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

                          2. sivyaleah RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 03:31 PM

                            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.


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                              GreenDragon RE: sivyaleah Jun 28, 2012 08:12 AM

                              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.

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                              mountdorahound RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 05:41 PM

                              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!

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                                mezzrow RE: imninaurnot Nov 17, 2006 06:36 PM

                                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. Bob Mervine RE: imninaurnot Nov 18, 2006 12:56 AM

                                  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.


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                                    Bob Mervine RE: Bob Mervine Nov 18, 2006 06:31 PM

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


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                                      rosewood RE: Bob Mervine Apr 1, 2009 04:01 PM

                                      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. Chris VR RE: imninaurnot Nov 18, 2006 01:19 AM

                                    WE love The German Hestaurant in Holiday


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

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                                      joan RE: imninaurnot Nov 18, 2006 09:18 PM

                                      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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                                        Mimi1941 RE: joan Apr 17, 2007 09:36 AM

                                        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.

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                                          joan RE: Mimi1941 Jun 18, 2007 05:49 AM

                                          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!

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                                            rikkikm RE: Mimi1941 Oct 15, 2007 03:48 AM

                                            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.

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                                            Largoroom RE: joan Sep 21, 2007 02:26 PM

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

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                                              shurshot RE: Largoroom Mar 18, 2008 10:25 AM

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

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                                            ach RE: imninaurnot Nov 19, 2006 03:04 AM

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

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                                              Pnemiller RE: imninaurnot Nov 30, 2006 01:38 PM

                                              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.

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                                                pp48 RE: imninaurnot Dec 1, 2006 03:15 PM

                                                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


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                                                  laurie RE: imninaurnot Dec 7, 2006 03:18 AM

                                                  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?

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                                                    Floridabarley RE: imninaurnot Dec 17, 2006 10:27 PM

                                                    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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                                                      Bob Mervine RE: Floridabarley Dec 17, 2006 10:37 PM

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

                                                      Cannot wait to go back.


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                                                      pietro28 RE: imninaurnot Dec 18, 2006 02:39 PM

                                                      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!

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                                                        mountdorahound RE: imninaurnot Dec 19, 2006 01:10 PM

                                                        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. netmover RE: imninaurnot Dec 30, 2006 04:44 AM

                                                          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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                                                            Bob Mervine RE: netmover Dec 30, 2006 05:48 AM

                                                            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.


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                                                              PetriesDish RE: Bob Mervine Aug 14, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                kimocorb RE: PetriesDish Aug 15, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                            Ignatious Riley RE: imninaurnot Dec 30, 2006 05:34 PM

                                                            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. hitachino RE: imninaurnot Jan 13, 2007 06:31 PM

                                                              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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                                                                juggler RE: hitachino Aug 11, 2008 09:33 PM

                                                                I second the Willow Tree...

                                                              2. TomOHaver RE: imninaurnot Jan 14, 2007 12:31 PM

                                                                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. sunsuze RE: imninaurnot Feb 5, 2007 10:47 AM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    pvgirl RE: imninaurnot Feb 15, 2007 01:40 PM

                                                                    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).

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                                                                      michmull RE: imninaurnot Feb 16, 2007 07:16 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        andy huse RE: imninaurnot Feb 16, 2007 09:44 AM

                                                                        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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                                                                          Check Please RE: andy huse Jun 21, 2007 11:24 AM

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

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                                                                            rikkikm RE: andy huse Apr 17, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                            Looks like Schnitzelhaus is set to close on May 14.

                                                                          2. tastetampabay RE: imninaurnot Feb 16, 2007 11:02 AM

                                                                            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.


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                                                                              Lauracooks RE: tastetampabay Mar 23, 2010 03:39 PM

                                                                              schillers is oustanding. great beer selection and specialty items.

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                                                                              Jakamofena RE: imninaurnot Feb 18, 2007 08:39 PM

                                                                              Yalaha Bakery
                                                                              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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                                                                                PetriesDish RE: Jakamofena Aug 14, 2009 02:46 PM

                                                                                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!

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                                                                                Baronfoer RE: imninaurnot Jun 16, 2007 07:23 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  foodrunr RE: imninaurnot Sep 12, 2007 09:17 AM

                                                                                  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

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                                                                                    EDBM RE: imninaurnot Sep 15, 2007 11:14 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                      mialebven RE: imninaurnot Sep 15, 2007 01:45 PM

                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                        unclebilld RE: imninaurnot Oct 13, 2007 01:25 PM

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

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                                                                                          merylb RE: imninaurnot Oct 15, 2007 06:50 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            lmb8439 RE: imninaurnot Oct 16, 2007 12:39 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              organicmama RE: imninaurnot Oct 17, 2007 04:06 AM

                                                                                              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. PDeveaux RE: imninaurnot Mar 20, 2008 04:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                  roxyhart5678 RE: imninaurnot Mar 20, 2008 10:30 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    cora RE: imninaurnot Aug 10, 2008 08:27 PM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      sstinso01 RE: cora Aug 12, 2008 06:38 AM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        Enzianclub RE: sstinso01 Aug 26, 2008 09:55 AM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                      QTWO RE: imninaurnot Aug 11, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                                                                      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. Manderley RE: imninaurnot Aug 11, 2008 06:10 PM

                                                                                                        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!!

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                                                                                                          sstinso01 RE: imninaurnot Aug 12, 2008 06:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                            Penelope7 RE: imninaurnot Mar 27, 2009 05:19 AM

                                                                                                            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.

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

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                                                                                                              rosewood RE: imninaurnot Apr 1, 2009 04:07 PM

                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                hellxonxheels RE: imninaurnot Jul 2, 2009 03:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                  bizzy_geek RE: imninaurnot Jul 5, 2009 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                  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. PetriesDish RE: imninaurnot Aug 14, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                    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. jeats RE: imninaurnot Aug 14, 2009 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                      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.


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                                                                                                                        fivelshreds RE: imninaurnot Nov 22, 2009 05:10 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          gourmrtcook RE: imninaurnot Nov 22, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                            mbounds RE: gourmrtcook Mar 7, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                            seconded, this is a really fabulous place!

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                                                                                                                              askdrtodd RE: mbounds Mar 8, 2010 04:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                            irishrose RE: imninaurnot Jan 13, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                              An Insatiable Appetite RE: irishrose Jan 13, 2010 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                              Naples has two good German restaurants.

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

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                                                                                                                              RevrendAndy RE: imninaurnot Mar 9, 2010 09:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                nanced RE: imninaurnot Mar 23, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                Cafe Vienna in St. Petersburg.

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

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                                                                                                                                  LoveMyBubbles RE: imninaurnot May 11, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                    cavandre RE: LoveMyBubbles Aug 30, 2010 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                    Have you tried Cafe Coconut Cove in Melbourne Beach?


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                                                                                                                                      bkhuna RE: cavandre Sep 14, 2010 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                    dougforner RE: imninaurnot Jul 16, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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

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                                                                                                                                      Khotso98 RE: imninaurnot Sep 21, 2010 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        gourmrtcook RE: imninaurnot Oct 24, 2010 02:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                          kellynch RE: imninaurnot Oct 29, 2010 07:38 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                            rosewood RE: imninaurnot Jul 26, 2011 11:56 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                              rikkikm RE: imninaurnot Dec 16, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              Taste of Berlin
                                                                                                                                              526 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

                                                                                                                                              1. mkmccp RE: imninaurnot Dec 17, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                European Schnitzel House in Daytona Beach.

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                                                                                                                                                  KyMikey RE: imninaurnot Apr 17, 2012 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                    Largoroom RE: KyMikey Apr 17, 2012 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                      KyMikey RE: Largoroom Apr 18, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Thanx !!

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                                                                                                                                                      Chris VR RE: KyMikey Apr 18, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                      JaneBarr RE: imninaurnot Jun 13, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Dunderbaks in Tampa is AWESOME wunderbar!

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                                                                                                                                                        aynrandgirl RE: imninaurnot Jun 27, 2012 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Are any of the recommended places Hof Brau style joints?

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