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Feb 20, 2008 10:08 AM

German Food - Edmonton

what would you choose out of Barb & Ernie's, The Mill or Bistro Praha? Which is most reasonable?

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  1. Pass on Barb and Ernies. I like the Mill. Bistro Praha is Czech... but my favorite out of the 3.

    Continental Treat has a lot of German influences and is good. Expensive though.

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    1. re: yen

      found some 2 for 1 coupons on line for the Mill so we booked there. Have not been there before looking forward to it. Great place for Grandpa's bday!

      1. re: cleopatra999

        Went to the Mill once.. it was ok nothing to really draw me back.

    2. The Mill has a nice man who plays the accordion in lederhosen (sp?) on Saturdays! Fun. I always thought the food was good and well-priced.

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      1. re: alau2

        The Mill is now up there as one of my worst eating experiences overall in a long time. First off the coupon I found on line is apparently counterfeit, why they have not contacted the website administrator to have it pulled is beyond me.

        Next it took 30 mins to get our drinks, and even longer for our order to finally be taken. I made the mistake of asking what the soup of the day is and our waiter did not know so he went to check and came back about 15mins later!!

        I ordered the roast goose (had it at Bistro Praha, it was great, succulent & moist there), it came out with dark soggy skin and it looked like the chef just hacked off parts of the goose and threw whatever part on the plate, other than part of a drumstick, I have no idea what part of the goose these pieces actually came from. The meat that I could find was dry & chewy. Sent it back, ordered the Jager schnitzel. Pork cutlets with a hunter sauce. The cutlets them selves were pretty good except for not being well trimmed, there were some inedible hard bits. It was drowning in this hunter sauce which was a mustard based sauce with ham in it?? not at all what was anticipated. We did not stick around for dessert & asked for the bill as soon as I was almost done eating. Overall it took 2 hrs for dinner! And not in a leisurely enjoyable way.

        This is one place I can strike right off my list, should not have strayed from Bistro Praha...what a difference. What I cannot figure out is that the place was packed, I suppose it was probably just bad luck! Unfortunately, nothing about it was good enough to say 'we'll give it another try in a few months'.

        1. re: cleopatra999

          How can they say the coupon is "counterfeit" when they link to it from their own website (, which immediately fowards you to ? Pretty suspicious!

          1. re: egon61

            geez, you know I kinda forgot exactly how I found that coupon. I am definitely calling them tomorrow!

            1. re: egon61

              so I called them about this, the website, is NOT theirs. very strange. I wonder if this was from the former owners and never changed?

            2. re: cleopatra999

              I never heard of counterfeit coupons.... I can't figure why they're in business for so long... maybe people are used to that food that mediocre.

              1. re: sleepycat

                "maybe people are used to that food that mediocre."

                That's gotta be it Sleepycat. I was thinking that when you made that comment on the Montana's thread about how can these types of restaurant's survive. I can't believe what people will put in their mouths and say is great.

                Sometimes I wonder if I'm blessed or cursed with this palate.

                1. re: livetocook

                  LOL....I know what you mean. My husband is lucky, he can enjoy anything from East Side Mario's to Il Portico! Me....don't get me near mediocre food! But then I guess that is why it is me on this forum and he is on his techy forums!

                  1. re: cleopatra999

                    haha. On Saturday when we left SEC for that Calgary tr. Montanas, I saw East Side Marios. And literally *shuddered* when I saw the sign. That place BLOWS...

                  2. re: livetocook

                    Respectfully agree... there's a lot places I would not eat at and I wonder how is it that they are in business.

                    We're blessed. Sometimes it makes it inconvenient for ourselves but do you really want to be a person that just eats whatever is put in front of you. If I were resturanteur I wouldn't want to put anything out that I wouldn't eat myself.

            3. Another no to Barb and Ernie's. Bauernschmaus is close by and not on your list, they still open?

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              1. re: pepper_mil

                I agree with pepper mil. For German food, I would have considered Bauernschmaus for a nice family meal, and Tasty Tom's for a more casual meal.

                I stopped going to Barb & Ernie's many years ago when they served a chicken kiev as their special. It was pricey. The chicken kiev obviously came out of a frozen box, but the chicken used was a processed luncheon meat type (with the jelly-like texture), as oppose to chicken meat/breast. When I complained to the Missus, she abruptly told me that no one had ever complained about it. Then I asked her if she had ever tasted it, and she snapped, "no" and walked away. Sigh.

                1. re: Libertycafe

                  hmmm....I have never heard of Bauerschmaus. will have to keep that in mind!

              2. What about Gasthaus off Whyte? Is that place still around? I remember the food being good but, expensive. It's was by that A&W across the tracks (east of the bars etc)