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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.

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  1. You should try the Red Lion Tavern:


    Lowenbrou Keller ~ no website, but Enthusiatically Teutonically Decorated!!
    3211 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
    (213) 382-5723

    To see what it looks like (with a bio) click below and scroll down to the "VERY" bottom:

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    1. re: JBC

      I love Lowenbrou Keller. If Liberace and a German Dominatrix did a pile of blow and then decided to decorate....you'd have it. And the food is good too.

      1. re: rednyellow

        Lowenbrau Keller is already closed. Another rest. has opened in its place but it is NOT serving German food.

    2. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. Schreiner's Fine Sausages
            3417 Ocean View Blvd
            Glendale, CA 91208-1591View Map
            (818) 244-4735

            1. Is the place in San Gabriel on las Tunas gone? My father was German and we used to go there when he was with us, but it has been years, Bavarian Inn I think.

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              1. re: anniegg

                Yes, the Bavarian Inn closed down a few years ago. We used to go there with our German club in high school....

              2. I 2nd Jaggerhuas in Anahiem

                1. Old Vienna in Ventura (they have a website with directions). German owned and operated, good food and not fancy. BTW the place in the SGV is LONG gone and was so-so at best when it was around.

                  1. Hey German Friends of Lowenbrou...just wanted to let you all know that Lowenbrou Keller is CLOSING!!! I just read about it on EaterLA.com....the owners confirmed the sale but could not say when their last day will be. You should go try it out soon before this legendary (and over-the-top) restaurant is gone forever. Sad.

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                    1. re: bellaromaspqr

                      Another vote for Red Lion; usually has a bunch of older German men drinking downstairs who don't hesitate to comment on the people coming in the door (e.g. "Ach! I'm in loff!"). Great atmosphere, & decent food.

                    2. I really love the food at The Red Lion Tavern, but the place has gotten so damn trendy the past 4-5 years! Any night of the week, after about 7pm, expect a long wait in an over-crowded, noisy as all get-out place. It dosen't help that the RL's "parking lot" is a joke upon a joke! Do yourself a favor, and park across the street, unless you go for lunch.

                      I know others laugh at this, but I still enjoy going to Alpine Village, in Torrance. The deli/market is fantastic, and the more formal, larger resturaunt is enjoyable and relaxing. I'm allways thrilled when I get a chance to eat there, and get some fantastic wienerschnitzel. (again...I think they do a good job, on it!)

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                      1. re: Honeychan

                        I 3rd Jagerhaus in Anaheim! The food is excellent.


                        I thought the food at the Alpine Village was terrible, but if you like that atmosphere there's a whole German complex with several restaurants, deli/market, and shops in Huntington Beach. I haven't been there in a while, but I'm almost certain this restaurant is in the same complex: Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach

                        1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                          Recently moved to HB from Milwaukee, the US city with the most German heritage outside of Germany and some of the best bratwurst ever! You are correct, Old World German Restaurant is at the Old World Village along with a pub that serves Barvarian- bratwurst, knackwurst and schnitzel. If the food isn't enough to get you to the Village you should check out the monthly dachshund races!

                        2. re: Honeychan

                          Also the Sunday brunch, for the price @ $14, gives a good sampling of all you can eat German food. Wide variety.

                          Update as of June 08, the outside Biergarden is being rebuilt, should be done by Sept, also they are sprucing up the planters and walkways. Just hope they bring in more small Alpine shops to take over the empty storefronts. Also go to the Market, great meat section.

                          1. re: jeffshir

                            jeffshir, At the risk of sounding like a moron, who is it that has the $14.00 buffet? Thanks!

                            1. re: Lov2Eat

                              Sorry, Alpine Village restaurant (may be $15
                              Aside from every kind of sausage, schnitzel, salad, appetizers, they have sliced beed, hamm turkey with attendants. also various desserts, plus the champagne comes with the buffet.

                        3. You might track down some good sausages from this post:

                          Just call me the Placemeister :-).

                          2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

                          Alpine Village Market
                          833 Torrance Blvd Ste 1A, Torrance, CA 90502

                          Red Lion Tavern
                          2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                          Upland German Delicatessen
                          983 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786

                          Old World German Restaurant
                          7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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                          1. re: DiveFan

                            Try out Brats Brothers (13456 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks). Only superior sausages, with tasty sides. The owner is actually a "real" German from Munich.

                            1. re: circe0723

                              What about our beloved Governator's restaurant Schatzi - I haven't been there for a while, after he invited me and my wife for dinner and then handed us the check. The food was good, even if Arnold was a little full of himself.

                              Sausages galore at European Sausage Kitchen on Olympic just W. of Doheny.

                              1. re: Jeryy

                                Schatzi has been "Terminated" and "vill not be baaaak" (Hidden is in that space now).

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Uh oh! How will Arnold support himself after he leaves office?

                                  1. re: Jeryy

                                    He's a lot better off financially than he was when "Schatzi" (Austrian for Money Pit) was open and draining his bank account.

                              2. re: circe0723

                                I will second Brats Brothers. Although they are moving down the blvd here soon. I love their selection of high quality sausages (exotic game - even alligator). The sides are just like my German granny used to make. Very speedy service, reasonable prices ( most platters are 9-10 bucks and include a drink) and a gem in the Sherman Oaks area. They also have a selection of spiced condiments for the sausages. Pack those up and take them home with you. :)

                                Brats Brothers
                                13456 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                            2. Duna Csarda's nee Csarda's is not German, but Austrian Hungarian.

                              In many ways it's similar to the many lunches I had in Hamburg while spending one week per month there in 2004 and 2005.

                              I have not been to Red Lion, or the other restaurants recommended. I plan to go to Red Lion soon.

                              1. Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Ball Rd. E. of 57 Fwy. is supposed to be authenic.

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                                1. re: garyak

                                  I’ve enjoyed several superb Sunday Brunch buffets in the Ballroom at the Phoenix Club. Brunch is an elegant, self-serve, AYCE extravaganza with a broad selection of fine German fare and free-flowing champagne for $18.95. Includes many German faves such as sauerbraten, jagerschnitzel, spaetzle, rouladen and more. There’s a carving station with prime rib and ham plus an omelet bar and a host of breads and desserts. Did I mention the shellfish station? Go there starving! There’s no rush – I once ate and drank for well over three hours.

                                  Lovely ambience, cordial wait staff. Food quality is every bit as good as the nearby Jagerhaus, one of my favorites. Aside from brunch, there are two restaurants on the premises; Loreley, serving dinner only and the Bierstube Pub open all day. Both are closed on Mondays.

                                  The Phoenix Club
                                  1340 S Sanderson Ave.
                                  Anaheim, CA 92806
                                  (714) 563-4161


                                  1. re: degustateur

                                    Agree on Phoenix Club and its restaurants. They also have a great Oktoberfest celebration.

                                2. I see this entire thread as a concession that since Black forest in Santa Monica closed we do not have a top flight German Restaurant in Los Angeles. We have passable but not statement type German cuisine. I have been to Germany and eaten at some of the best of the best and there is nothing here that even comes close. Where do you go for schweinehaxen? Sorry for the ranting but I'm disappointed and saddened.

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                                  1. re: Hughlipton

                                    You are absolutely right. Its even getting hard to find good traditional German food in Germany. People have lighter tastes now.

                                    1. re: rednyellow

                                      Along with that, beer consumption among young German drinkers is WAY down. Times are changing.

                                    2. re: Hughlipton

                                      Hugh, I'm in TOTAL agreement with your disappointment and sadness, as someone who ate at Knoll's Black Forest at least 20 times a year for over 25 years, there really is nothing on the west-side.

                                      "Where do you go for schweinehaxen ?"

                                      Well, if the spelling is close enough, Old Vienna in Ventura has:

                                      Schweinshaxe (Roast Pork Shank) "Munich Style" on their dinner menu:


                                      I've never been there, so I can't comment on anything about them, I just mention it as they're on my, rather long, "To-Try List".

                                      1. re: JBC

                                        Jägerhaus in Anaheim has Schweinshaxe, though I've never had it there. I have had it at Phoenix Club (also in Anaheim) during Oktoberfest and it was great.

                                        1. re: OCSteve

                                          Jagerhaus has a pretty good version...it's still not quite as good as Germany, but as close as you'll find around here. Only problem is that they make a very limited quantity each day so if you get there late, they'll probably be sold out.

                                        2. re: JBC

                                          Short of going to Munich and going to the Haxenbauer I have never found it anywhee in California. I also will have to check out the Old Vienna Restaurant.. Thanks for the tip.

                                          1. re: Hughlipton

                                            heckonwheels reports that Jagerhaus in Anaheim does a limited amount of it, so maybe an early dinner down south to see if it measures up is in your future, Hugh?

                                            2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              Thanks. I will also check that one out.

                                              1. re: Hughlipton

                                                All thanks to heckonwheels is due. i didn't know they offered it until he posted. Look forward to hearing about any ones you find and sample. See you back here when your "discovery" posts appear...

                                          2. re: JBC

                                            Old Vienna in Ventura is legit. I went there a couple of months ago. It's cozy, it's old, and the food is tasty. Happy to have a place like that in Ventura County!

                                            Old Vienna Restaurant
                                            3845 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

                                            1. re: cranbo

                                              Well, since this thread started The Matterhornb Chef has re-opened in the Valley at the old San Remo restaurant site. I've heard good things but haven't been yet. Schweinehaxen is, however, on the menu.

                                              San Remo Restaurant
                                              13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                                              1. re: cranbo

                                                Old Vienna in Ventura is now closed, it was sold a couple of months ago, I believe, RIP :(

                                                Old Vienna Restaurant
                                                3845 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

                                            2. re: Hughlipton

                                              Hi Hughlipton,

                                              I am unsure whether your question about where to go for schweinehaxen was rhetorical or not, but Jagerhaus in Anaheim serves up a very decent version. The last one I had there in January, however, was overdone thus a bit hardened on the outside and slightly dry inside. This was definitely not the norm, therefore excusable.

                                              2525 E. Ball Road
                                              Anaheim, CA 92806
                                              (714) 520-9500

                                              I love schweinehaxen but, when I need my fix, I’ve found a worthy and more readily accessible substitute in the Crispy Pata served at a number of Filipino restaurants. The one served at Magic Wok in Artesia is the best I’ve had, by far and it is very consistent. In over five years, I’ve never had one that was anything less than outstanding – cooked to order, perfectly light and crispy on the outside, moist and tender inside with great flavor. No native or extraneous seasonings are added. Give them a shot.

                                              Magic Wok
                                              11869 Artesia Blvd.
                                              Artesia, CA 90701
                                              (562) 865-7340

                                              Although I haven’t been yet, I understand that Fiesta Sa Barrio puts out a great Crispy Pata as well. In addition, the ambience is a bit more upscale than at Magic Wok, a small family style café.

                                              Fiesta Sa Barrio
                                              4326 Eagle Rock Blvd
                                              Los Angeles, CA 90041
                                              (323) 256-4380

                                              Fiesta Sa Barrio
                                              4411 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                              2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806