Hey, my cousin's moved here from Germany lately and they've been complaing that L.A. has no good German restaurants. Can anyone give me some suggestions for some real, hardcore, authentic German food. Anywhere in Socal works, as long as the food is above average. But bonus points if it's close to San Gabriel. Thanks a lot.
You should try the Red Lion Tavern:
Lowenbrou Keller ~ no website, but Enthusiatically Teutonically Decorated!!
3211 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
To see what it looks like (with a bio) click below and scroll down to the "VERY" bottom:
I'm far from an expert on real, hardcore, authentic German food, but I've always enjoyed the Upland German Deli at 985 W. Foothill Blvd in Upland, CA. I love their bratwursts, potato salad, and reuben sandwich. Plus, the staff are exceptionally warm and friendly.
We just had a German food thread a couple of days ago -- while the options are limited, there is (in increasing distance from San Gabriel):
Red Lion Tavern, 2366 Glendale Blvd., LA
Jägerhaus, 2525 E. Ball Rd., Anaheim
Löwenbrau Keller, 3211 Beverly Blvd., LA
Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach
And, for when your friend needs the raw materials to cook at home:
Schreiner's Fine Sausages & Meats, 3417 Ocean View Blvd., Glendale
Berolina Bakery (actually Swedish), 3421 Ocean View Blvd., Glendale
I like Red Lion Tavern.
Also, my friend's husband is German. She took me to this deli/grocery store in Glendale once. This deli will definitely provide your cousin with some of the products he or she is missing. I will post the address next.