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Restaurant suggestions in Berlin

dorazi Jun 10, 2011 02:28 AM

I admit I have been to Berlin many times and I have also spent a lot of time reading threads on Chowhound and there is indeed so much! But, I am looking for a couple of suggestions for Berlin restaurants, preferably German food, neither fast food, nor Michelin-star level. I am taking my parents to Berlin for four days and they are not the type to enjoy Ma, for example. (while I loved it!)
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!

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  1. linguafood RE: dorazi Jun 10, 2011 03:02 AM

    Which neighborhood, what's your budget, are you willing to travel?

    Weinbar Rutz, Paris Moskau, Traube, Renger-Patzsch, Hartmanns, Reinstoff all are options, with a variety of price range & neighborhoods.

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      dorazi RE: linguafood Jun 10, 2011 03:07 AM

      Thank you linguafood, I was hoping that you would respond, I know you are an expert on Berlin restaurants from the other posts. Highly appreciated.

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      sergad RE: dorazi Jun 10, 2011 08:15 AM

      Don't mean to hijack this thread, but I am headed to Berlin for the first time Wednesday. My travel companion is allergic to all fish and seafood and I am huge fan of salads/vegetables. With the current e coli scare and his allergies, I'm concerned about what/where we eat!

      We are staying for 2 weeks on Kastanienallee in Prenzlaeur Berg. We are willing to leave the area, but not looking for 45 minute train ride. We are both foodies, into trendy as well as traditional, and looking for $$-$$$ price ranges. I have scoured the boards and come up with a few ideas, but would be interested in any one else's thoughts.

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        linguafood RE: sergad Jun 10, 2011 08:27 AM

        For starters - the EHEC scare is pretty much a thing of the past since today (one reason why I will make myself a MASSIVE salad for dinner tonight.)

        The Bird / Best burgers and steaks in town - Falkplatz
        Filetstück / another steak place, pricier than the bird, tho - Schönhauser Allee / Danziger
        Pratergarten / Best beergarden in town - Kastanienallee
        Café Donath - great neighborhood place with pasta, salads, and meat dishes - Schwedter Str.
        Spaghetti Western - excellent pasta place on Torstr.
        Toca Rouge - great pan-Asian place on Torstr.
        Bandol Sur Mer - trendy French place on Torstr.
        Yumcha Heroes - Weinbergsweg - great dumplings
        Maria Bonita - best Mexican joint in town - Danziger Str.

        This should get you started. Please feel free to ask specific questions.

        As a general rule - traveling between neighborhoods almost always takes about 30 minutes; however, all of these suggestions are in your neck of the woods.

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          sergad RE: linguafood Jun 10, 2011 09:55 AM

          Thank you very much. We are also going to the Boros Collection at Reinhardtstraße 20. Any thoughts about a nearby restaurant for lunch?

          Forgot to mention that we're also low carb people so trying to steer clear of pasta. I'm thrilled that the EHEC thing seems to be over.

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            linguafood RE: sergad Jun 10, 2011 10:20 AM

            Low-carb is a bit more difficult to do around these parts (especially with fab pasta available), but doable.

            There's a Vietnamese place on Reinhardt (or Albrecht - either way, it's nearby) that's supposed be ok. I haven't been, personally, as most Vietnamese food in Berlin tastes the same = bores me to death.

            There's CHIPPS on Friedrichstr. near Oranienburger Tor, or you could go all Rhineland on Berlin and check out the StäV (Ständige Vertretung) on Schiffbauerdamm. Kölsch beer!!!

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              sergad RE: linguafood Jun 10, 2011 01:55 PM

              Chipps looks perfect. Any thoughts about Gugelhof? I also seem to remember a post about dining in the bar at Weinbar Rutz. Any thoughts?

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                linguafood RE: sergad Jun 11, 2011 03:26 AM

                Gugelhof is overrated. It processes busloads of tourists daily. Nuff said.

                Weinbar Rutz (I mentioned it upthread replying to the OP) is an excellent choice. I'm thinking of going there for my wedding anniversary, tho I may not go all out. With their one Michelin star, it's gotten a bit pricy....

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                  sergad RE: linguafood Jun 11, 2011 08:51 AM

                  The news over here is that the e coli outbreak was traced to an organic bean sprout farm in Hamburg and that the crisis is over. That makes the salad thing a lot easier!

                  I've come up with a couple more names in Prenzlauer that are supposedly inexpensive locals' places:
                  Restaurant Brüninghaus

                  for our 2 big nights out I've chose Weinbar Rutz and Renger-Patzsch

                  1. re: sergad
                    linguafood RE: sergad Jun 11, 2011 09:10 AM

                    Haven't been to Schwarzwaldstuben. Oderquelle is hit or miss, not sure what they are like these days - it's been at least a couple years since I've been there. As for Brüninghaus -- AFAIK, they just changed owners, it is now a schnitzel place. Can't say anything about it.

                    Another local place I remembered on Choriner Str. is Walden.

                    RP, btw, won't blow the bank at all (it'll take you a while to get there from where you are located) It is very reasonably priced, so if you are looking for something fancier, you might want to try any of the other German places I mentioned -- also closer to you like Traube or Paris-Moskau.

                    Please, if you may, report back on your Weinbar Rutz meal. I'd love to hear about it!

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                      sergad RE: linguafood Jun 13, 2011 07:42 AM

                      Any thoughts on Fellas on Stargarderstr?

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                        linguafood RE: sergad Jun 14, 2011 02:55 AM

                        Nope. Haven't been. Gets mixed reviews on qype, the European 'yelp', and I don't know any of the reviewers.

                        I suppose the prices are such that one could give it a shot without being too disappointed?

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                          dorazi RE: linguafood Jun 15, 2011 03:17 AM

                          Has anyone been to Zum Schusterjungen?

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                            linguafood RE: dorazi Jun 15, 2011 03:49 AM

                            Not personally. It's a pretty simply place serving traditional German food. Certainly gets decent reviews....

      2. Joanie RE: dorazi Jun 15, 2011 05:22 AM

        Linguafood helped me out on my trip a few years ago too. I enjoyed Meineke X for a German dinner, and drinks at Green Door not too far away were fun. Also Zum Schusterjungen was pretty old school. Report here:


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          sergad RE: Joanie Jun 19, 2011 06:19 AM

          Had a really wonderful dinner Friday night at this place in Prenzlauer Berg. Sad to say there were only 6 diners the entire 2 1/2 hours we were there. Menu changes daily.


          1. re: sergad
            linguafood RE: sergad Jun 19, 2011 06:51 AM

            Good to hear they're still there. I drove by there recently and it looked as if the resto had closed.

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