What are the most loved German foods?
I went online and looked up most loved German foods, while informative it does not tell the little regional specialties that most people who live there know about. When in Germany, I amazed how many different types of food you can get. It's a bit overwhelming. Any advice for affordable cuisine must try's please. Love fast food too.
Bratwurst (especially in Nuremburg).
Various pork preparations.
These are the foods that seem to be popular, and usually very well executed. I always enjoy venison, trout, and roast chicken when I'm visiting.
The various Kuchens for Kaffeetrinken. Simple Pflaumenkuchen, Kasekuchen, and Bienenstitich. The more complex Schwartzwalder Kirsch Torte or Frankfurter Kranz. Those with fresh apples, rhubarb, and cherries.
The cakes were so full of eggs and butter with minimal sugar, leftovers were often breakfast the next day.
Goulash and Goulashsuppe. My favorites though these are wonderful in all Central Europeans countries.
Anything from the Wurst stands with Brotchen and Semmel (mustard).
Not uniquely German are the Doner Kapabs, especially in Berlin.
I hear now there are more Doner Kapab stands than Wurst stands these days. It's been a while since I've spent time in Germany.
I have only been to Germany once, in November, and ate a lot of game in Bavaria and enjoyed some wonderful local wines along the Rhine river.
I dated a woman from Germany for some years and her best dish was rouladen with potato dumplings and gravy, and red cabbage.
Just back from Berlin and my friend who lives there took us for a currywurst. According to him, the best chain is Curry 36.
We also had dinner at an Austrian restaurant in Kreuzeberg and the food was wonderful and not very expensive. In general, prices in Berlin are quite reasonable.
Grünkohl & Pinkel (kale stew with fatty sausage and boiled potatoes)
Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli)
All kinds of smoked, cured, pickled fish
Holstein-style schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet with anchovy & fried egg on top)
Schupfnudeln (potato noodles)
Backfish (a very greasy version of battered fish)
If you are in north Germany, along the coast (and why wouldn't you be?), the simplest, purest and most wonderful thing to eat is Matjesbrötchen, raw filets of herring in a roll, preferably snuggled beneath a slice of onion. What elevates it is the very freshest herring and good, crusty Brötchen. But Matjes hausfrauenart can be tasty too if made properly.
On a completely different note, I have a thing for mustard soup, which is Dutch as well as German. At home, in the fall, I make it with a mix of potatoes and apples.
Rotegruetze with vanilla sauce
apple strudel, cherry strudel
roast duck with dumplings and red cabbage
Saxon potato soup (Sächsische Kartoffelsuppe)
Bavarian potato soup
Gemischter Salat (which comes with a variety of salads)
Marillenknoedel (more of an Austrian specialty)
Florentines (which are found throughout Europe, but I like the ones I've purchased in German konditorei)
How could you forget Eintopf???
OP needs to focus on the town/region (s)he will be visiting and start reading up on its typical (seasonal) dishes, (seasonal) ingredients and specialities. And the length of his/her stay is also important (one can only eat so much if pressed for time).
Best of all, for me -whilst in Germany, is the simplest thing: bread. A staggering selection of glorious German breads.
And in the snack aisle at grocery stores, I like the paprika chips and peanut puffs.
I don't buy much fast food in Germany, but I find the takeout sandwich quality from most bakeries and coffee shops is higher than typical takeout sandwich quality found in North America. Nordsee has nice marinated and smoked seafood, better than any fast food seafood I can find in Toronto.
If the OP likes soup, I recommend trying various regional and seasonal soups in Germany. Many German kitchens do soup really well. The best chicken noodle soups I've had have been German and Austrian ones.