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Authentic German Food

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Authentic German Food

We have guests arriving who have very recently returned from Germany and whose sole request is "authentic german food."

We live in the city, north side, but are willing to travel for something spectacular. We've tried several places, but are hoping for some input.

What is your favorite restaurant with authentic german food?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Authentic German Food

My favorite of the ones we've tried is Laschet's on Irving Park, we've also been to Mirabell's, Chicago Brauhaus, and Resi's. Worth the drive if you have the time is Karl Ratzsch's in Milwaukee which is a bit fancier

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2. Re: Authentic German Food

Local - Resi's Bierstube - 2034 W Irving Park Rd

http://www.laschetsinn.com/index.html

http://www.edelweissdining.com/home/

http://www.glunzbavarianhaus.com/

http://www.chicagobrauhaus.com/

If you're willing to take a ride - http://www.chefklausbierstube.com/

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3. Re: Authentic German Food

Love Chicago--we'll actually be in Milwaukee this weekend and will check Karl Ratzsch's out. Thank you!

Dave--Have you personally tried these restaurants and recommend them for their authentic german food?

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4. Re: Authentic German Food

I've been to Resi's, ChicagoBrauhaus and Mirabell's - I don't think Resi's menu is as big as the other two (it's been a while). The Brauhaus has music on some nights. Enjoy the food at all of them.

If you are heading to Milwaukee this weekend, type "German restaurants" into their forum search and you will get some ideas. I haven't been to Kegel's myself, which is at 59th and National, but many people like it a lot. More recently I have been to the Old German Beer Hall before a Marquette game, which is in the same block as Mader's (another place we like) and across from Usinger's Sausage store (which we really, really like) - it's more like a bar with food but they have a very good Usinger's bratwurst made just for them and a really good apple strudel.

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5. Re: Authentic German Food

It has been a few years but Mader's in Milwaukee was very good and old school when I was there.

I have been to Laschet Inn and the food was very good but it is a dive bar.

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6. Re: Authentic German Food

Thanks for the suggestions!

I actually just did a TA search in Milwaukee just before posting my OP, but hadn't focused on German food for that trip.

I know right where Mader's and the Old German Beer Hall are, having been in the area numerous times. Surprisingly, though, I've never been inside either place. I'll check them out.

Thanks again.

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7. Re: Authentic German Food

In Chicago's suburbs, there are a couple more choices:

Schnitzel Platz near Glen Ellyn

http://www.schnitzelplatz.com/

and Bavarian Lodge (formerly Chef Paul's) in Lisle

http://www.bavarian-lodge.com/

PS

I found Mader's food to be underwhelming for the price (last year). Good experience though.

Edited: 02 February 2012, 13:57
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8. Re: Authentic German Food

Yes - I've been to them over the years. It's the real deal. You can read reviews at www.chicagoreader.com and www.chicagomag.com

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9. Re: Authentic German Food

We are German. Best authentic food is Laschet's. Others fairly good are Resi's Bierstubbe, and if you can stand the ooopah atmosphere the food is not bad at Chicago Brauhaus. Mirabell has a kind of weird old granny atmosphere that if you can handle that the food is OK, just OK. Glunz is also OK, but better in the summer when their deck is open. Berghof is again open with a small menu but we have not been there recently. Understand that authentic German means different things to Germans. Bavarian food from the south is NOT German food that folks necessarilly like if they are from central or north Germany. If I were you, I would take your German friends to Chicago places, especially steak ( entirely different from Germany and a treat if they are meat eaters) and places that have good food along with a good beer selection. You can take Germans away from their food, but best not from beer.

ZB

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10. Re: Authentic German Food

I don't think Mader's food is as good as Karl Ratzsch's, they are two totally different kinds of places. Karl Ratzsch's is more like fine dining (although they did let us in with shorts on the 1st time we went, we were definitely underdressed), Mader's is more like Chicago Brauhaus, decent food, going more for the atmosphere.

Laschet's is our go to place for German, was disappointed in Resi's food and Mirabell's was OK but didn't inspire us to ever go back. Was at Laschet's just before Christmas, they expanded the restaurant a bit. Not at all fancy, just good food.