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TenderNob Aug 14, 2013 08:06 PM

Looking for an inexpensive German/Austrian restaurant for an early (5 to 6 pm) dinner for 3 guys next Tuesday.. Our 4th member is currently visiting family in Hamburg, so he won't be interested for a while. Most likely, on recommendations, is Leopold's, but Walzwerk, Suppenkirche, Cafe Europa - what others do you suggest? Good food, good beer, not too noisy are the goals. Price is a consideration.

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    stanbee Aug 20, 2013 09:20 PM

    Walzwerk has unusual Marxist decor with good food and great bread dumplings.

    1. grayelf Aug 15, 2013 10:06 PM

      I've been hearing good things about the bier garten in Hayes Valley -- might that be an option?

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        Melanie Wong Aug 15, 2013 10:17 PM

        Biergarten is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so not for this outing. Here's my post on the Wednesday burger from a few months ago,
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8979...

        1. re: grayelf
          Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 10:50 PM

          It's fun but pretty much just beer and sausages. Good but very basic.

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            grayelf Aug 16, 2013 09:56 AM

            I was going by this recent article: http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-08-14/re...

            viz: "The beer garden has extended its initial menu with plenty of items that are available on days besides Wednesday, and are no less worthy of your attention."

            Also the rave about the burger...

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              Robert Lauriston Aug 16, 2013 10:45 AM

              Huh, maybe so. Would be nice if they'd post a sample menu. Great place if the weather's nice and it's not overcrowded.

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                grayelf Aug 16, 2013 11:04 AM

                True dat. We walked by a couple trips ago and the menu was indeed pretty much just beer and sausages, not enough variety to tempt us given the cool weather. I seem to recall they had giant (1 L?) beer steins as well.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Melanie Wong Aug 16, 2013 11:20 AM

                  Here's what was on the menu in April,
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

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            mdg Aug 15, 2013 12:22 AM

            I think Leopold's is the right choice for the quality of food. I go to Germany on business travel each year, and Leopold's definitely matches up.

            Michael

            1. Robert Lauriston Aug 15, 2013 12:08 AM

              Leopold's can be very noisy, though early on a Tuesday it might be quiet.

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                TenderNob Aug 20, 2013 08:04 PM

                At 5:30 quiet, nearly empty. Started filling up at 6:15-6:30, with an increase in noise, though never too loud. Food was quite good, salumi platter, short rib, duck rilettes, beef goulash. We really enjoyed the salumi, 8 meats, pickled vegs, bread and mustard. Came to about $60 each with a liter of beer and dessert.

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