If you think German food is all about sausage, pretzels and beer, think again. These specialty German restaurants will wow your taste buds with traditional recipes and authentic flavors so incredible that you’ll forget all about frozen pretzels and bottled beer.
With these six restaurants you can take your taste buds on a vacation without ever buying a plane ticket. By Amanda Mole
14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33613
Mr. Dunderbak’s is the ultimate in German cuisine. A favorite of locals, Dunkerbak’s is known as much for its German music and decor as its food. The massive menu includes over a hundred German and American appetizers, sandwiches and entrees including a vegetarian menu and a children’s menu — not to mention a selection of 400 bottled beers and 55 beers on tap. Bavarian bratwurst, Polish kielbasa, cheese spatzle and half a dozen types of schnitzel are all waiting for you to give them a try. If you save room for dessert, try the continental torten or baklava.
Taste of Berlin
526 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
This is not just good German food, it’s incredible homemade German food.The Weiner Schnitzel is perfectly breaded and fried. The pan fried potatoes, made with sweet onions and rosemary are out of this world. They also serve German Beer Bitburger, Warsteiner, Radeberger or Schoefferhofer, and Paulaner. They serve German Beer and wine. Open lunch and dinner Wed – Sat only.
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5625 4th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Cafe Vienna is serving up both Austrian and German specialties, from schnitzels and brats to roast pork and agramer (pork dish with prosciutto, ham and swiss). Everything on the menu is prepared fresh using traditional, old-country recipes. All entrees come with bread, the soup of the day or a salad. Wash it all down with imported draft beer or a premium house wine. You’ll definitely want to save room for an old-country dessert — the palatschinke (homemade crepe) is calling your name.
Martina’s German Cuisine
9277 Seminole Blvd.
Seminole, FL 33772
This small and quaint beach area restaurant has traditional handmade German food, because of this their operating hours are limited. Martha’s specializes in bratwurst, bauernwurst & leberkaese; homemade sauerbraten, roulande, spaetzle, kraut & red cabbage. Their apple streudel, euro chocolate cake & fresh fruit tarts are made fresh every day and the best in Pinellas county. Open Wed-Sat 4pm – 8:30pm with early bird specials. Reservations are recommended.
Sandra’s German Restaurant
7115 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Formerly known as “The Bavarian House,” this restaurant is a five-time award winner from “Best of the Beaches.” The menu is on the short side, but each and every dish is hand made fresh to order. If you’re looking for a light snack, you can try a traditional soup such as leberknoedel (liver dumpling soup) or erbsensuppe (pea soup). For something more hearty, try a traditional entree such as the bayrisches gulasch and spaetzle, made with spicy Angus beef. If you’re really hungry, opt for a platter, such as the lumberjack platter — it’s piled high with schnitzel, bratwurst, spaetzle and potato salad.
Black Forest Cottage Restaurant
1120 Pinellas Bayway S
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Black Forest Cottage Restaurant is home to one of the best German restaurants and bakeries in Florida. They serve German specialties like Jaeger Schnitchel, Sauerbraten, Ossobucco/Schweinshaxe and nine different types of crepes that will melt your heart. The crepes are available in both “hearty” and “sweet” varieties. Hearty crepes are filled with ingredients like pork, salmon, vegetables and cheese. The viking crepe, for example, is filled with lightly fried salmon, herbs and a light cream sauce. Sweet crepes are filled with fruit, puddings and whipped cream. The apple garden crepe is filled with baked apples, cinnamon and sugar, perfect for a sweet treat any time. FYI – They are closed July – Sept every year.
The German Restaurant
2616 US Highway 19
Holiday, FL 34691
Short of going to Germany, you just can’t have a more authentic dining experience than you will have at the German Restaurant in Holiday. Servers dressed in traditional barmaid blouses and skirts, live accordion and zither music and authentic German recipes are as close to the old country as you’ll get without getting on a plane. This award-winning restaurant offers up everything from potato pancakes to goulasch to rinder roulade. If you can’t decide on just one, opt for a sampler platter. There’s even a special kids’ menu and a variety of German beers on tap.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.