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Dec 25, 2006 08:44 PM

Any authentic German restaurants in MA/NH/Southern ME?

My family has a vacation house in Portsmouth, NH, and we are always on the lookout for authentic German restaurants near there or on the way up from central New Jersey. We have been to the William Tell and enjoyed it (mostly!), but we'd love to hear about an equivalent or ideally even better place. Strangely, our current favorite is a place called Nuernberger Bierhaus in Staten Island, NY.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I've heard great things about the Inn at Danbury in NH but I haven't been. I've been to but not in a while and it's Swiss - Mile A Way in Milford NH.

    1. In Springfield MA you have the Student Prince, good German food, and even better beer.

      1. I haven't been there in several years, but in the past I always loved Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield, MA:

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        1. re: Stiv

          Hofbrauhaus used to be a big favorite, but it has changed hands several times and just isn't the same. We had very poor meals our last two visits. Really too bad, it used to be fantastic. The Student Prince is great and highly recommended, especially the beers. It is a real Springfield institution. I have been to the Munich Haus in Chicopee for beers and lunch only, but it was very good. It seems to be modeled after the Prince.

          1. re: joaniebaby

            I completely agree! The Hofbrauhaus is not as good as it used to be. I prefer to bring my business either to the Student Prince or the Munich Haus. The Student Prince is a great old favorite, but since they've been known as the best in the area for so long they tend to make you pay for it. I've gotten much more friendly service for better prices at the Munich Haus. The food is fantastic at both though.

        2. In New Hampshire:

          William Tell Inn: Alston, NH

          William Tell Restaurant: Thornton, NH

          Both restaraunts have great German/Swiss food. They aren't related, despite the similarities in their names. I'm not sure which one you tried; they are both pretty good.

          In Methuen, MA (just south of the NH border), there's The Wursthaus. Great German food, and a great selection of beers.

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          1. re: lar3ry

            Do you mean the Wirtshaus? If so, what do you think is especially good there? Looking at a map, I can see that's not all that far from Portsmouth, so that could be an excellent bet for us! Any more details you could offer would be great.

            1. re: Epicure

              My misspelling. That's the place. It's on Hampstead Street near "The Loop" off Rt. 213, which is a combination shopping center and chain restaurant jungle.

              The schnitzel and the sauerbraten are very good there. It's a very small restaurant and has a loyal following, so you may find yourself waiting for a table. It also isn't open on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays.

              1. re: Epicure

                YES YES YES to the Wirtshaus. Up the road is The Green Barn which is more American-German, but good....But the Wirtshaus....I had pig knuckles at Wirts' I'm still swooning over, with homemade sauerkraut and a German beer selection to die for. Yes, yes yes to the Wirtshaus.

                1. re: thegolferbitch

                  Third the Wirsthaus!! Green Barn isn't bad, but Wirsthaus is more authentic. Mmmm....sauerbraten and spaetzle....

                2. re: Epicure

                  I know this is an old thread but it seems to be revived.

                  The Wirtshaus in Methuen is reasonably good. The beer selection is excellent with at least two German brews on tap. If you order a hefeweisen, the owner comes to your table with a proper glass, rinsed to chill, and pours the hefe correctly, swirling at the end to get all the yeast and build a frothy head -- very nice.

                  The atmosphere is very nice, too. Dark wood, comfortable tables, German music -- very homey.

                  Food is not bad, just OK. I've had better German food elsewhere.

                  It can be a little hard to find for someone not from the area. But it's worth the effort, if only for the beer and atmosphere.

                  Also Jacob Wirth in Boston is worth a stop if you're in the area.

              2. The Eastside Restaurant in New Britain CT is a hidden jewel, on Dwight Street. Outstanding German food, though the only time I was there, I was served by a waitress who was a recent Polish immigrant. Made for an interesting cultural moment!

                I also second the nomination of the Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield, MA, great food. Student Prince's food across the river in Springfield is not quite as good, though they do have very fresh German beer on draft.