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“Unique spot for German specialties”

German John's Bakery
Ranked #1 of 2 Bakeries in Hillsborough
Cuisines: German, European
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
new york
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Unique spot for German specialties”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

What a unique spot in the middle of nowhere!!
But if you are in the area for any reason and if you like German food, this place is a must to visit!

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank TessieNewYork
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Temple
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“A bakery like no other”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

We've been totally spoiled by German John's wonderful breads and other baked goods such that we don't go to any other bakeries anymore (even though we have to drive 45 minutes to get there). We particularly enjoy their unique sourdough rye breads that are incredibly flavorful and satisfying and their pretzels, which are the real deal. They also offer a great variety of German-style sausages. Their soups, sauerkraut, and bratwurst lunches are also excellent. They offer German language books and magazines as well as a variety of German goods like teas and chocolates. German John's is not big but it is very attractive with lots of folk art (like John's huge alligator made of bread!) and potted plants. We've been going to German John's for many years and highly recommend them!

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Patricia S
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Kensington, New Hampshire, United States
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Bread, Glorious Bread. Homemade Soup & Pretzels too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

German John's Bakery is a must! If you have ever been to Germany, indulged in the soul-satisfying baked goods, and then returned to the States, you probably felt let down—like, there is no bread back here worth eating. That happened to me three years ago when my husband and I visited Germany for a couple of weeks (he complains less than I do). And not only the bread, but the food in general, the service, and the "Gemütlichkeit" in Germany were unparalleled. A couple of months after our return, long-time friends of ours let my husband and me in on German John's Bakery in Hillsboro. We live about 1 1/2 hours away in Kensington, NH, so we thought, "This had better be good!" We arrived to find an eclectic, homey, wonderfully fragrant bakery with an array of home-baked breads, rolls, pastries, and pretzels as well as two soups of the day. It was close to Christmas, so Judi was also preparing Christmas Stollen and the shop smelled like only the real yeast stollen dough can smell, full of raisins, citron, nuts, and vanilla.

There are only two tables, but we got the one by the window. There is lots to look at— immense ceiling-high potted plants, a 5-ft. long, baked, pretzel-dough crocodile mounted on a wooden board on the wall, lots of posters, knick nacks, and German memorabilia, besides all of the baked items. Not a place to be bored! But if all of that does not entertain you, ask the owners, John (of course!) and Judi how they bake their breads, what their daily routine is like, where they obtained the recipes, and where they buy their flour and you will have plenty to take in. Then have some soup (the last time we had potato soup offered with or without sausage), a fresh roll, a fragrant cup of Jacob something-or-other coffee (highly recommend it!), and a slice of torte for dessert and you will come away very satisfied. The only other necessity is to stock up on bread, pretzels, and rolls to tide you over the next month or two unless you live close enough to drop by often.

I have read the two negative reviews. Pay no mind for two reasons:
1. People are usually only as friendly as you are yourself.
2. With the vast repertoire of breads, rolls, pretzels, and pastries that they make, it is clear that the owners cannot have them all in stock every day, all day. They make everything themselves from scratch! Call ahead with your bread order, and John and Judi will do their best to accommodate you. Here is their website with the vast lists of items they offer: http://www.germanjohnsbakery.net

While you are there have lunch!

  • Visited February 2014
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4 Thank MarinaKirsch
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CROMWELL
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“It's not a deli or pastry shop.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

This is the real deal! The concentration is on bread in the German style, almost all are sourdoughs. There are beer breads, sunflower ryes, walnut ryes, multigrain, whole wheat and a host of others. Don't expect them all to be available on the same day. Call ahead to find out what's going in the oven or, if you have a request, call a couple days before. There are also wonderful pretzels. Don't dare ruin them with mustard, plain or with butter please. There are also streusel, kukin (sp.), marzipan and the occasional torte. A couple of non-German breads do appear. There is a good annadama bread and a less then wonderful Italian bread. As I said above, it is not a deli, but you can get what is called a German lunch. Order a loaf of bread, or some rolls, and a package of liverwurst or the like and they will supply the knife, cutting board, butter and mustard. They will repack anything you have left over. Sometimes they offer soup or bratwurst but that's usually in the off-season when they are not so busy. You have to remember that this is a mom-and-pop shop and things can get pretty hectic if they're busy. I've been coming here weekly mostly during the summer for a number of years now, and I do appreciate the quality of their products. Everything is made from scratch using the best materials. I spent a good many hours sitting with my iced coffee and piece of tort watching the world go by and chatting with whoever. There aren't many of these places left. Visit while you still can. T

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank ALGCromwell
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Uniquely wonderful taste of Europe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Whenever I'm near Hillsborough I stop at German John's Bakery for coffee and their spectacular breakfast pastry. Now wait: This is NOT the sickly-sweet, preservative-laden, three-month-old, factory nonsense that is usually meant by "breakfast pastry." This is homemade--handmade--THAT morning--real food that is among the best that I have ever had.

Yeasty cheese pastries with apricot, pineapple, or cherry and a light sugar glaze. Sweet almond buns. If you're lucky you'll get there just as they come out of the oven. Their breads are wholegrain and just as wonderful. Everything is obviously made with the kind of pride and skill that is becoming a lost art.

The atmosphere--meh. But the food is unforgettable. Do go.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank CleanWouldBeNice
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