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webjockey Sep 23, 2007 06:37 PM

My family and I are visiting the New England area. If anyone could point us to some great authentic German food, that would be great. Preferably in Hartford County, but we're willing to travel.

Oh, and my husband's German, so I can't fool him with American fusion stuff.

Thanks!

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    bigshoegrrl Sep 23, 2007 07:20 PM

    The only one i've heard of in the area is called East Side. It's in New Britain.

    http://eastsiderestaurant.com/

    Good Luck

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      cheshirecat Sep 23, 2007 08:33 PM

      The best one I know of is the Student Prince in Springfield, Ma. Less pricey than East side and more authentic.

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        tealilly Sep 23, 2007 08:45 PM

        Katy's in Tamworth, NH (about 30 minutes outside of the North Conway area -- known for it's skiing {Bretton Woods} and shopping {outlets}) is absolutely great. While I haven't been there in a while, we used to drive 2.5 hours each way for a taste of her weinerschnitzel a la holstein. Definitely worth the drive. Katy thought we were nuts. Authentic German fare, albeit heavy at times, lots of cute little tchotckes in a converted home on Old Route 25 ... if you ever go there, be sure to write a review upon your return! Good luck!

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          RichK Sep 24, 2007 09:16 AM

          I heartily 2nd the Student Prince. As a 1st generation American whose parents came from Bavaria, their food is authentic and their beir selection superb.
          Their Oktoberfest is going on now and I suggest you take it in. The bar area will remind you of your favorite beir garten in Germany.

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            joaniebaby Sep 24, 2007 03:51 PM

            Agreed! Family run forever. Go see Rudy, you'll be glad you did.

            JB

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            webjockey Sep 24, 2007 06:59 PM

            Hubby has poo-pooed the student prince.

            Has anyone eaten here: http://www.restaurantheidelberg.com?

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              RichK Sep 25, 2007 06:35 AM

              Has he eaten there before?

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                gratefulted Sep 25, 2007 02:24 PM

                Heidelberg is awesome. I'm 1/2 German and it's the closest thing to Grandma's cooking since the old Maxl's in White Plains, NY many years ago.

                If the weather is nice like now, you can sit outside, but the atmosphere inside is good too (although it can get loud when full). Great beer selection. Only downside is it is a little pricey, so we don't go as often as I'd like.

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                Sascooks Mar 30, 2013 09:11 AM

                Favorite of mine for 40 years.

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                ElizabethHenton Sep 24, 2007 06:23 AM

                In Litchfield County (CT) we use to stop at an authentic german ale house on the way to bear mountain. Can't recall name, but I would look in the lakeville area. It was always a fun place to quench your thirst after a good hike

                Speaking of Litchfield county in the new milford area I once ate at a place called Rudy's. It was very good and authentic, even looks like a german chalet.

                There's also a place in the waterbury, ct area (Not much to it, but food is great). Something like Dreschlers. Quite good. Cold selection of bavarian beers to wash down the heavy food.

                When in Boston...

                Jacob Wirth's in the theater district has great german pub food and hand crafted beers.
                I also think they have the best hamburger in Boston

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                  rizzo0904 Sep 24, 2007 06:41 AM

                  In Hillsborough NH there is a place called German John's Bakery or John's German Bakery...something like that. They are from Germany. It's mostly pretzels and breads and cold cuts and sausage variations. There is also a big German festival out there....I think it's this coming weekend if you will be here at that time.

                  Here is the webpage.http://germanjohnsbakery.net/header.htm

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                    Firedog Sep 28, 2007 01:41 PM

                    Is Jacob Wirth's still open? I remember when we were kids my father loved the place. I'd most likely appreciate the place now.

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                      Keithel Sep 28, 2007 02:51 PM

                      Jacob Wirth's is still open to my knowledge (I went last year), and while they do have german food, I personally don't think it compares at all with what you can get in Germany.

                      Granted, I haven't been to any of these other places, so I don't know how well it compares to other German restaurants in the US..

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                      Jacob Wirth Restaurant
                      31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

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                        signothetimes53 Sep 29, 2007 09:44 AM

                        I recently ate at Jacob Wirth's, and it was awful. Greasy, rubbery grey-colored wiener schnitzel, and the worst spaetzle I've ever eaten. I was truly disgusted.

                        I really like the Eastside in New Britain.

                        And though it's technically not German, I stumbled into a gem of a meal last October at the Wayside Inn & Riverview Restaurant in Bethlehem NH (on the way to North Conway), very good Swiss specialties.

                  2. Gio Sep 24, 2007 06:49 AM

                    Countryman's Pleasure
                    Town Line Road
                    Rutland, Vermont 05701
                    802.773.7141
                    http://countrymanspleasure.com/
                    Austrian Cuisine

                    We have not eaten here but friends who live in nearby Shrewsbury have this restaurant on their very short list of Best Dining in the Area. When we're there in a few months, we indend to see what all the shoutin's about.

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                      GeoffD Sep 25, 2007 05:05 PM

                      I'm pretty sure Countryman's Pleasure is just over the Rutland line in Mendon. I eat there several times every year. I've only ever had their sauerbraten, spaetzle, and rotkohl. It's outstanding and I've never felt the need to stray away from their specialty. The ambiance in the restaurant is also great... you get that antique colonial feel.

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                        Gio Sep 27, 2007 08:35 AM

                        Yes, Countryman's Pleasure *is* in Mendon, however in the phone book Rutland is the listing. Don't know why. I'm dying to go there and will very soon.

                    2. goodbyeohio Sep 26, 2007 07:36 AM

                      i can't believe nobody mentioned hofbrauhaus just over the line in mass..

                      http://www.hofbrauhaus.org/

                      better than east side, cheaper, better beer selection.. tableside prep on some items which is nice. student prince is good but the parking/wait can be aggravating there.

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                        hollerhither Sep 26, 2007 12:25 PM

                        There's also Munich Haus in Chicopee, but I like the Student Prince/Fort better.

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                          bachslunch Sep 26, 2007 06:25 PM

                          I'll second the recommendation of The Student Prince, whose food I liked better than the Hofbrauhaus when trying them back to back (though the latter isn't a bad place, mind you).

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                          joaniebaby Sep 27, 2007 11:46 AM

                          We used to love the Hofrauhaus, but it has changes hands too many times in recent years and it just isn't the same. It's not bad, but it is a shadow of the place it was when the original owners (the Krachs?) were there. We try it every year or so still hoping, but to no avail.

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                            sryder Sep 28, 2007 07:54 AM

                            the food at the hofbrauhaus has always been great in my opinion, but the service is not always up to par. same goes for the student prince. i tend to go to the munich haus these days when i want a good german meal.. food is just as good and the service and prices are much better.

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                          slima Sep 27, 2007 05:53 AM

                          It may be a drive, but throught out the entire month of October, Relefsen's, in Bristol RI is serving up there October Fest menu. they do it every year and they have live German music and dancers. I believe that it is held every wednesday and thursday and you need to call for reservations because it fills up fast. The Food is about as authentic as you will ever get outside of Bavaria.

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                            craiggers1 Sep 27, 2007 12:51 PM

                            http://www.morsessauerkraut.com/

                            it's a drive but it's great and it looks like they are updating their website so soon you'll be able to order from the store. they have lots of import stuff that you can't get anywhere.

                            1. happybellynh Sep 28, 2007 10:55 AM

                              There's also the Alphorn Bistro at the Inn at Danbury in NH. I haven't tried it yet, but have heard lots of good rec's.

                              Has anyone tried the Alphorn Bistro?

                              1. DonShirer Sep 28, 2007 04:32 PM

                                In Higganum, CT, the Glockenspiel Restaurant has a German menu, and in Cheshire the Watch Factory Restaurant specializes in Austrian food. In the past I have had satisfactory (but not outstanding) meals at both but have not visited either for several years so I can't vouch for their current quality.

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                                  Keithel Sep 28, 2007 07:59 PM

                                  I'm sure there is a difference between German and Austrian food, but what is the main difference?

                                  I was in both Germany and Austria, but so long ago, and so briefly in Austria, I cannot remember noticing much difference - but I don't necessarily trust my fuzzy memory.

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                                    happybellynh Oct 2, 2007 11:50 AM

                                    We were in Southern Germany and Austria for nearly a month last fall, and to our untrained eye, there was little little defference in the food, although as we moved farther west in Austria, there were more eastern infulences, like their gulasch and gulaschzuppe (soup). Also, the coffee in Austria was in a smaller, richer, darker serving, closer to Turkish coffee.

                                    I can't speak to food in northern Germany... and I'd be interested to know if our observations are accurate.

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