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Feb 18, 2011 03:36 PM

Sprechen zie Deutsch?

We are looking for a GOOD, authentic German restaurant somewhere within a 25 mile radius of Philly. Not Otto's (Horsham). not Brauhaus Schmidt; something a little more akin to the old Ludwigs. We are craving gulaschsuppe, wursts und schnitzel similar to what we had in Bavaria. Bitte?

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  1. Austrian Village in Fox Chase is a very good place. heir schnitzel is made with pork not veal though it is still very good. Very reasonable prices

    1. Grusse Gott, PattiKuchen:
      If still there, the Austrian Village on Huntington Pike in Rockledge is about the only one I know.
      I went to Otto's last May ( a staple of my childhood, particularly when staying with grandparents for the weekend) for a very disappointing lunch. Long gone are the days of the Schwartzwald Inn and Hespe's.

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      1. re: Chefpaulo

        OMG, the Schwartzwald! I haven't heard that name in years. Your comment about Otto's is exctly why I ruled it out. The Austrian Village is apparently still there.

        Vielen vielen dank, ChefP! Sie sind ein Prinz unter Küchenchefs.

        1. re: PattiCakes

          I checked out the menu and, boy, have they Americanized since I was there last (maybe 1991). We now have wings, mozzarella sticks, cheese fries, etc. The main courses still look authentic but NO Schnitzel a la Holstein? And NO Gosser beer? How un-Austrian. I emailed them about it. We'll see if they come to their senses.

          1. re: PattiCakes

            Omg, me too. Schwartzwalds. With my parents aunts and uncles. Wow.
            Reikers is very good. I "think" that if you called the Austrian village a couple days ahead and went on a weeknight, they would do some specials for 4 or 6. They are very nice. Love kids, even on a fri or sat nite.

          2. re: Chefpaulo

            I can't believe you mentioned the Schwartzvwald Inn!! I used to love eating there with my Oma!
            It would be nice if the Austrian Village could have a special night of authentic dishes and we could all go and enjoy the food! I would look forward to it.

            1. re: Displaced California Foodie

              Wow! Glad I awakened some Schwartzwaldian memories. Like Otto's, it was a favorite of my grandparents' and I went there often as a kid. I have a full-color match cover of the Inn in my defunct restaurant matchbook collection. It was a two story brown brick building at 2nd and Olney.

              Nobody chimed in on Hespe's. It was on 16th around Locust. I remember the amber lighting, heavy pine furniture and the hunting murals on the walls. Very German. One Sunday in the early '60s, we drove all the way down to find the windows boarded up with a notice from the F.B.I. plastered on the door. Rumor had it they were a money laundering front for the Communist party. I had been eating Schnitzel a la Bolshevik and never knew it!

          3. Gutes Essen und Bier aus dem Vaterland würde erhellen diesen Wintertagen. One would think with the waves of Germans who have come to this area over the decades that a good German/Austrian restaurant could be found locally. Best wishes with your search we are most interested in responses here.

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            1. re: Bacchus101

              Have you tried Reikers meats on Oxford ave? Its near the Austrian Village. It is not a restaurant but a good place to buy German meats and food.

              1. re: Capiree

                Have not, thanks for the tip Capiree.

                1. re: Capiree

                  I have tried Reikers, and it is excellent! Also Illg's, in Warrington!! Both great German butchers with a number of other German food items in stock.

                  Here's a better link for Sebastian's Schnizelhaus. If nothing else, the music on the website should get me in the mood!!


              2. Don't know how far this is but it's the most authentic we've had in tri state area. Been going for years.
                Sebastian's Schnitzelhaus
                43 Fort Dix St. Wrightstown NJ. 609-724-9609. BYO. Closed Mon.
                I'm craving their spatzel right now!

                Sebastian's Schnitzelhaus
                43 Fort Dix St, Wrightstown, NJ 08562

                1. There is also great little german butcher on folly road around chalfont..

                  Interesting little place!

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                  1. re: ilovesummer

                    Adore Illg' nice to go there having purchased their sausages at various farmer's markets over the years. Selection at the store is great! Highly recommend!