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Berlin: German comfort food

ghiottone | Aug 12, 2011 12:09 PM

Will be in B for five days next month. So, what I'm not looking for is Michelin/G-M restaurants: I've already done the likes of Vau and Margaux. Also, no trendy places serving "modern" food, where they could be plumped down in any old metropole and feel right at home. And no hipster or scene joints. I'd just like your recommendations for plain ole German fare. We'll be staying in Kreuzberg and will have a car, so any relatively central neighborhood is fine.

Price isn't an object, really. Ambience counts, i.e. the less Weinstuben feel, the better. And if someplace serves an updated version of the (ideally) Prussian classics, even better. Also, one dinner will be a "runder Geburtstag" for a neophyte to German cooking.

I realize this question has been asked before, usually buried in a thread. So I've collated restaurants mined from the pertinent threads here and would welcome any input, as well as for any for others that fit the bill:

Henne ( (linguafood, et al): A mosdef. I ate there often in the late 80s and am overjoyed that it's still around

Jolesch ( (linguafood): Südtirolische Küche, but a definite maybe (mmm, Reh und Papaya, mmm)

Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer ( (linguafood): Ditto

Marjellchen ( (spaetzle, et al): Has been visited often by CHers with good reports back

Leibniz-Klause ( (various posters): Could be a solid choice

Schwarzwaldstuben (no website) (S B Russel): A glowing review in one write-up found on the Internets

Renger-Patzsch ( (linguafood, et al): Dunno, while modern, it seems a bit Alsace-centric (not on the hunt for flammkuchen), plus I spotted gnocchi on tonight's menu

Brauhaus Südstern ( (linguafood): Appears to be a brewpub-cum-sportsbar

Brüninghaus ( (S B Russel): Looks a bit schnitzel-heavy for me. Apparently has changed owners

Restauration 1900 ( (linguafood): Bueller?.... Bueller?

Zum Schusterjungen (crappy website (no CH visits): "Gets decent reviews", says linguafood.

You guys are lucky to have so many restaurants wth serviceable websites, some of which even post the night's menu. Were it so here in Italy.

Thanks much in advance.

BTW: is the Alt-Berliner Schneckenhaus still around?

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