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May 2, 2014 11:44 AM

Currywurst Mountain View Area

There seem to be a fair number of German/beer garden places in the area, but do any serve anything as downmarket as currywurst? My son lived on it while in Berlin and I'd like to take him someplace where he can have it again. (Sounds pretty gross to me, actually.) Also a plus: a place that's a bit casual about carding.

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  1. Esther's Germany Bakery in Los Altos (across the street from Mountain View) has currywurst on the menu.

    1. I'm not sure if they have currywurst or not, but Hardy's Bavaria is the most authentic German food I've found in the Bay Area.

      Here's their menu:

      1. Gourmet Haus Staudt has it sometimes, menu changes daily. Fun beer garden atmosphere.

        I'm not sure anyplace in California is casual about carding. The ABC runs stings constantly.

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        1. Perhaps check at Ditmers in Los Altos?

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          1. re: takuhead

            Out of your area but the Oakland Rosamunde serves currywurst. Beer service is very casual, you order at the register even if you're seated at the bar. Excellent beer selection.

            Dittmer's doesn't have it, they serve sandwiches.

            Currywurst is the only instance I'll allow ketchup anywhere near sausage; I quite like curry ketchup and keep Zeisner's on hand at home.

          2. Bierhaus (formerly SteakOut), downtown MV, HAS had it on the menu. After some owners traveled to Mitteleurope and subsequently hired a German-trained consulting chef, the menu changed considerably and got seriously Central European a few months ago.

            You might want to call and check that this particular dish is still offered. However, I've had some other Germanic specialties that were quite authentic and impressive, like the Spätzle platter with greens and ham bits. The Spätzle are made in-house. I've now had that several times and tried a few others like the pork-belly platter but keep returning to Spätzle, pretzels with dips, and interesting sandwiches like the grilled "mustard chicken" on Acme ciabatta.

            Pity that Hardy Steiner retired from Hardy's Bavaria in Sunnyvale some years ago. His food legacy may continue, but the new owner who took over had such an attitude that many regulars abandoned that place. Anyway, it's not in Mountain View as requested.

            Esther's in Los Altos is just outside MV and has some authentic Germanic cuisine. But seriously -- I've visited the Germanic countries periodically for over 40 years and have hundreds of restaurant notes -- Bierhaus's Spätzle platter, when the kitchen is on its usual game, surpasses most or all of what I've tried at Esther's, it would impress people in Vienna or Munich.

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            1. re: eatzalot

              Thanks. Bierhaus looks likely. We were there last summer when it was SteakOut and the location is good. 8.50 is sorta crazy for what's essentially junk, but the rest of the menu looks promising.

              1. re: eatzalot

                In fact, I dropped in there after posting here and was writing this when you posted, Glencora. Bierhaus currently offers "Currywurst and fries, Berlin curried ketchup" -- $8.50.

                Haven't tried that dish myself, and can't speak to the "downmarket" aspect. Bierhaus may be inauthentic in that respect.

                (Spätzle were again excellent by C. Europe standards. Vegetarian for the moment -- "until we get the next shipment of that ham" -- always an option anyway by request. Big fresh pretzel comes with three condiments: horseradish butter, whole-seed mustard, and Gouda-beer cheese dip or spread dubbed "fondue." $5.50.)

                Avoid this neighborhood the next two daytimes though, unless you want to join the street fair this Sat. or Sun. and are coming by public transit, or have a private place to park.