Goulasch soup, German style
When I lived in Munich nearly 50 years ago, a staple at any Gasthaus was Gulashzuppe(sp?). It was dirt cheap and very hearty and flavorful; I could compare it to watery Chili in its consistency and zesty flavor (I don't mean that it tastes like chili, but it's as tasty and filling).
I have never, ever, found it in a German restaurant in the US, nor in any kind of market, nor even in cookbooks.
Is anybody else familiar with this wonderful stuff, and able to recommend a way to find it in the USA?
I had a rock n' roll boyfriend years ago who was popular in Eastern Europe. He would come home from a tour obsessed about Gulashzuppe. He even brought back European Knorr packs of the stuff, just to mildly satisfy his craving. He eventually found a recipe online, and used to make it at home (which I'm sure you can do.) If I remember right, it's not that hard to make: the key is high quality beef and European paprika. It's been years since I have been there, but Red Lion on Glendale Blvd used serve this soup.
If you're in the Anaheim area, you could try the Loreley restaurant at the Phoenix Club. I don't know if the goulasch soup there will meet your expectations, and I am by no means an expert on the topic, but I've had it there and enjoyed it. The Phoenix Club also has various events throughout the year, including Oktoberfest.
Here is the web adress for the restaurant:
Jagerhaus in Anaheim also has it on the menu. I've never been, so can't comment on the quality. It seems to get generally good reviews.
A place called Schmidt’s Brauhaus is planning to open in DTLA "with a new German dining experience, featuring traditional beer garden-style dining and a restaurant with German Gemuetlichkeit". Might be worth keeping an eye on.
I've been to Munich a number of times and lament the general unavailability of truly good Bavarian / Tyrolean food in LA.
2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Schmidt’s Brauhaus (opening 2009)
330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015