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German food in St. Louis?

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With the rich German heritage that st, Louis has, where is all of the German food? There used to be a couple of not bad restos and the one I'm thinking of was down on Michigan in sort of a rough neighborhood in south city. The last time I was there, it was in the 60s and I was entertaining my brother-in-law from Atlanta. On the weekends, that oompa band from Colombia, Ill. would come over and play. The idea was to eat a good meal, get half full of beer and form a conga line going out of the door and down the street. Yeah, we were young and stupid, but it sure was a lot of fun and I do remember the food being quite good.

Anyhow, where in the hell is all of the sauerbraten and kraut??????????

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  1. I like the Gast Haus on Chouteau.

    1. Surprisingly, it's fairly slim pickings for you lovers of things Deutsch, but you can get an okay German meal at a place with the unlikely name of Dreamland Palace in Waterloo, Illinois.

      Dreamland Palace Ltd
      3043 State Route 156, Waterloo, IL 62298

      1. If you are in the mood for schnitzel and spatzle try Iron Barley.

        1. OK, haven't been there in decades, it has been revamped and remodeled, and I'm not vouching for it -- What about Schneithorst's?

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          1. re: nosh

            Schneihorsts decided that the corner of Clayton and Lindbergh was far too valuable, so they knocked down most of the restaurant and turned it into a strip mall. The tavern part is still intact as is the upstairs patio. They serve a limited menu but I think all the German specialties are gone from the menu.

            1. re: Phaedrus

              Yeah, the last time that I went, I remember the menu being a burger and toasted ravioli kind of setup.

          2. Right across the big creek in Mascoutah, IL is a spot for you called RoemerTopf. They've been open for about 2 years now I believe and my sources tell me the food is good albeit a bit expensive.

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            1. re: DetectDave

              Roemer Topf food is good. It is located in the clubhouse for a golf course, so it is mercifully free of German kitsch such as cuckoo clocks. The location makes it a little bit hard to find, but it is worth it. I ate there with two people who used to live in Germany; we all enjoyed it.

            2. The St. Charles Vintage House on Main Street in St. Charles is pretty good! We really like their schnitzel. Sauerbraten is on the menu, but I have not personally tried it.

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              1. re: geochic

                Thanks guys. Yeah, both The Vintage House and Roemer Topf sound like what I've been missing. I just think it's a darn shame that St. Louis County doesn't have/support such restos.


                1. re: tusti

                  St. Louis City doesn't support them either. All of our German restaurants are gone. Bavarian Inn...gone....Bevo Mill...not really a German restaurant anymore...Black Forrest on Cherokee...gone....there is the Gast Haus but they serve chicken fingers and chef salads....some German food. And I have to be honest that it has really gone down hill. When they first opened...it was great but once the original cook was gone...so was the good food.

                  sidenote: Best German food in Pittsburgh is Max's Allegheny Tavern.

                  1. re: tusti

                    Roemer Topf may be the best of the lot immediately around St. Louis and that isn't saying much. Stone Hill winery in Hermann is pretty good and a pleasant day trip.

                  2. re: geochic

                    I'm from Springfield, Missouri and went to the Vintage House in St. Charles this past spring. It was a rainy evening so we ate inside. I had the sauerbraten and it was great. Gus, who may have been the owner, was a nice old man who likes to entertain the guests.

                    Tomorrow we're going to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and plan to try the Gast Haus.

                  3. Where has all the German food gone? Hello, where are you living? The reason is German food sucks! Really, what have they brought to world cuisine. Greasy fried meat cutlets and bad chicken. They are great pastry makers I will hand yo that, but in the cumulative 4+ months I've spent there, phooey. There isn't enough beer to wash the lousy taste of German food out of my mouth.