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Sep 16, 2007 04:05 PM

Wanted: Authentic German Food!!!

Just moved to Salem from Orlando, FL

So far I LOVEEEEE New England

I keep finding all of these wonderful gems but have yet to come across a good German Restaurant

Any and all suggestions will be graciously accepted.

I will be posting weekly about all of the new one of a kind eateries I come across here in beautiful New England.


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  1. Hi,

    The Boston area is not a hotbed of German cuisine. There's only one German restaurant I know of, Jacob Wirth in the Theatre District. It's fairly good, but I've had much better German food in NYC and in Milwaukee. There's also an excellent butcher that sells homemade German sausages, in Saugus. It's Karls Sausage Kitchen.

    Karl's Sausage Kitchen
    142 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

    Jacob Wirth Restaurant
    31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: mwk

      Thank You! I love homemade sausages I will give them a try and pick up some spatzle at the market!

      1. re: mwk

        It's not in Boston, but there is a butcher in South Deerfield, MA called Pekarski's that specializes in fresh and smoked German and Polish sausages. It's at 293 Conway Road (Rte 116), and the phone number is 413-665-4537. I strongly recommend calling for hours before you head out there, and you should also bring a cooler.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I totally agree with Pekarskis. I believe they are open Monday-Saturday.

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Pekarski's is a great place, and used to be just about 100% Polish. They have bratwurst, but I would not go there looking for a range of German sausages. They try new things, so you never know (they have their own smoked hot dogs, for example, and I got a ring of smoked linguica that's going to feature in a Portuguese garlic soup). They're open 8:30-6 during the week and (mumble) to 4 on weekends, not open Sundays. Yes, do call ahead, not just for hours but for availability of whatever you're looking for.

        2. Nothing worthwhile, sorry to say. Jacob Wirth serves German food but it's not very good, and it's the only German place for a long ways around. Springfield, MA is a good place to go for this -- try The Student Prince or (for a somewhat less good option) The Hofbrauhaus.

          There's also a Polish place in Andrew Square near the South Boston/Dorchester line called Cafe Polonia, which admittedly isn't German but is very good.

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          1. re: bachslunch

            Polish food will suffice for the time being. I like Borsch sp? The polish make good sausage and pieroges. Thanks for the suggestions!!!

            1. re: kristanloveskrautchow

              For Polish try Cafe Polonia in Dorchester. Excellent pierogis and borscht!

            2. re: bachslunch

              Student Prince is closed, sorry to say.

            3. It's expensive, but Sandrine's in Harvard Sq. is a French/Alsatian restaurant with some krauts and wursts on the menu.

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              1. re: pollystyrene

                Great suggestion - their choucroute garnie is immensely satisfying, and quite Teutonic in sensibility.

                  1. re: Splendid Spatula

                    How is the bar at Sandrine's? Both in terms of cocktails and the bar menu? Their website mentions a small selection of food available at the bar (and I imagine they probably serve their entire menu as well), but is not specific.

                1. If you're up for a little travelling, try the Student Prince in Springfield. Great german food, beer and it's worth the trip just to see all the beer steins and memorabilia on the walls.
                  They have fried camembert cheese as an appetizer and it is tremendous.

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                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        Yeah, I get that now. I'm not the one who revived it, however ;-)

                  1. I haven't been, but friends really enjoy the Wirsthaus in Methuen, north of Boston.