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Feb 18, 2011 12:16 PM

German restaurant

Recommendation for one in DC or Northern VA

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  1. Cafe Leopold in Cady's Alley off of M St. in Georgetown. Excellent food (esp. the Schnitzel) and fabulous cakes and pastries. Try the strawberry pistachio cake or chocolate earl grey caramel cake. They also serve Meinl coffee, which is hard to find Stateside.

    I can't recommend Cafe Mozart (overpriced, bad service, food unfortunately inconsistent) or Cafe Berlin. As someone who's spent considerable time in Germany and Austria, I think both are just OK.

    Cafe Mozart
    1331 H St NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20005

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    1. re: ChristinaMason

      I really liked Berlin the first time and went back a few years later. sad. I just can't get my head around a Knudeln the size of a softball. the room is nice and the mgmt is warm - plenty of Gemutlichkeit. just I dunno my assessment isn't fair as it's been a few years but while the flavors were good, the textures were sort of wrong. good's the sorta place you really want to like. and maybe my impression is old. they've survived when a lot of places on that row have folded.

    2. Biergarten Haus - on H St NE they have a good selection of German Food and plenty of German Beer.

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      1. re: agarnett100

        The food at Biergarten Haus seems like an (expensive) afterthought. The beer is excellent, though.

      2. Not exactly a restaurant, but great sandwiches and sausages and desserts and such at the German Gourmet near Baileys Crossroads.

        German Gourmet
        5838 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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        1. re: sekelmaan

          But much expanded from the old location, and they have brochures listing places in the whole region that do German.

          In Herndon I can rec Euro Bistro. Don't look online really, the German stuff is on a special in-store only menu. They do import various kegs at different times.

        2. Old Europe, Wisconsin Ave. upper Georgetown. It's been there for more than 40 years and has wonderful old-timey atmosphere.

          Old Europe
          2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

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          1. re: MSommelier

            meh, I've heard the food there is quite lacking. When I worked at Mozart, people would often mention how much better the food was there compared to Old Europe. If that counts for anything. It's never very busy, but then, this style of food really isn't in vogue. Quite expensive.

            Mozart can be pretty good when the head chef is working. Last I was there, he cooked on Monday nights, and I think also Fridays. That said, Mozart deep fries their Schnitzels, which is a travesty against veal.

            1. re: ChristinaMason

              christina, i'm curious to learn how deep frying (vs. pan frying?) is a travesty against veal in the schnitzel preparation? seems to me, it would be more quickly done, and the veal thus have a chance to remain tenderer. what am i missing in this equation?

              <you're not talking about them using more coating, are you -- just deep frying, right?>

          2. The Schmankerlstube restaurant in Hagerstown is fantastic! We try to go there a few times a year. Food is excellent and beer selection is good. Owner is very friendly and the chef is from Germany. Well worth the trip. Best to have reservations.


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            1. re: StampingwithJoan

              Jawohl. That pork shank is a thing of beauty.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                A decent schweinshaxe that's closer than Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly? I'm in.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  I haven't seen a hunk of swine like this in any restaurant. It is delicious and could easily feed four. Basically a small-ish fresh ham slow roasted in crushed spices and coarse salt for hours. Alas, my description doesn't do it justice. It is worth a ride out to Hagtown. Mader's in Milwaukee, The Berghoff in Chicago--they can't touch this.

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    A second (or 3rd or 4th) for the pork shank at the Schmankerlstube. It is excellent. If you do call and reserve, I would suggest reserving one of these. My recollection is that they only make a limited number when available and don't make it every night -- poss only on Fridays?

                1. re: StampingwithJoan

                  their weekly specials look very appealing. thanks for the information on this restaurant.