German Restaurants in Los Angeles?
- ScarySquirrel Feb 23, 2008 06:49 PM
Hey, everyone. I'm fairly new to the Los Angeles area and will be having my first set of visitors in a little over a month... consisting of my mother, her husband, and an exchange student from Germany.
As you can guess, I'd like to take the German student to some place that may remind her of home. My mom lives in a very small town in Michigan and I know for a fact this poor girl probably hasn't had a dang thing that reminds her of home except for the Niederegger chocolates I managed to track down out here and send to Michigan for her.
It doesn't matter where it's at in the Los Angeles area, but if possible make it somewhere close to Koreatown (funny... I know) and I'd like it to be as authentic as we can manage. Other areas that I would also prefer over others would be Santa Monica, Universal City/Valley Village/Studio City, LAX area, or even downtown.
Budget considerations should be modest, I'm not looking for some fine-dining experience here... and I think that should keep it more authentic too. Ideally I'm probably looking at something less than $20 per person (and if that makes me cheap... then so be it). Again though... I'm open to options if I don't have many.
Any suggestions are welcome, however. I know y'all can help me out here, I've been lurking for a few days and am confident that someone on this board knows SOMETHING. I look forward to posting more with all of you and exploring the dining experiences our lovely city has.
And why did I just end that like a letter? I have no idea...
I can only start with the thought that the student wants nothing to do with home and wants to experience the ultimate LA scene. In that regard the student wants to see Hollywood etc. That aside, I can only suggest Alpine Village- not for its ambiance, but for the market where he or she can be the guide and point out items they use at home and feel a bit of bonding with you. They do have good sausages and decent breads (and Kinder eggs..) so it may be fun.
Second the recommendation for the Red Lion in Silverlake. It's the closest you will get to a German Biergarten in Los Angeles, with only a little bit of kitsch. Food is good, beer is good, it's owned by Germans (so she might get to speak a little), and it's got a bit of Los Angeles scene-ster ambiance to go along with it.
Edited to add: I took a professor there who was from Eastern Europe. He was teaching at UCLA and was very homesick. He LOVED the Red Lion.
Your professor from Eastern Europe might also really appreciate Warsawa, a Polish restaurant on Lincoln Blvd on Santa Monica. IT's been around for a long time, and while I've never been to Poland, the interior of the place reminded me of restaurants in (the former) Yugoslavia and (the former) Czechoslovakia that I visited many years ago. Food is also very good.
Re. the Red Lion, I only said I thought the food was "good" not great. Personally, I like the sausage platter and the goulash. Roast chicken, when they have it, is decent as well.
Apparantly the Lowenbrau Keller has been reopened under another name, with the same decor. There was a thread about it recently.
You might want to read other topics from the locations on the LA area German place map, which includes a grand total of seven :-( establishments: http://www.chow.com/places/regions/2?...
Besides the Red Lion, Old World and Jagerhaus are well thought of but involve Serious driving.
Another place I haven't yet tried is a local bar/restaurant named Zina's in Torrance. It was reported as Czech but the menu looks pretty German/Austrian to me: http://www.netbuys.com/zinas/
Again, not in LA proper, and also not a restaurant, but if the German exchange student is hankering for things from home you should go to Schreiner's in Glendale.
I live near Jagerhaus. The food is very good but they desperately need to update the restaurant.
If this student is from Bavaria, she might appreciate the weisswurst platter with pretzel roll at 3 Square Cafe in Venice. The owner, Hans, is Austrian, so the dish is not exactly the same as you'd fine in Munich, but it's pretty close.
I'm big into German food and I have to say that LA does not have many great options -- other cities like Chicago and NYC have much more to offer.
After browsing the 3 Square website, I'm SO disappointed that they don't have kaiserschmarrn on the menu. I've always wanted to try this mystery dish (a.k.a. schmorn) from my fathers youth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaisersc...
Anyone see this elsewhere around here? TIA!
3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291