Whether it’s the savory, comforting flavors or the delicious pilsners and ales, there’s something about German dining that’s too often underrated. It could be the atmosphere of a German restaurant: welcoming, sometimes rowdy crowds enjoying the company of friends, food and drinks. Whatever it is that makes German food so popular, Cleveland offers it in droves. A number of authentic and recently renovated German restaurants dot the east and west sides of Cleveland, each offering German dining better than the last. These are the best of the best.
Der Braumeister Restaurant & Market
13046 Lorain Ave
Cleveland, OH 44111
The exact location where Der Braumeister Restaurant & Market sits has been home to an authentic German restaurant for more than 80 years. The building is steeped in history, splashed with ale and fragranced with aromatic seasonings. Der Brau (what the locals call it) features a hearty dinner menu perfect for any diner. While grilled burgers and sautés are the main attraction, it’s the authentic German dishes, geshmorter schweinsbraten (roasted pork loin), sauerbraten (marinated roast beef with spaetzle and cabbage) or smoked landjager sausage are the true stars here. Its beer menu offers just as much draw, and this place boasts one of the best bars in Cleveland, with just too many beers to mention.
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Cleveland West Side Market
1979 W 25th St # G3
Cleveland, OH 44113
For more than 40 years, Franks Bratwurst has supplied Clevelanders with the best brats every time the craving hits. In Cleveland, craving Franks Brats is a given all year long. A secret recipe keeps bratwurst lovers in the dark, but this is the place to get them. Located in the historic West Side Market building, Franks Bratwurst stand is open four days a week but a new convenient website lets you place on order and have your dinner delivered to you. You’ll still have to cook it. If you can’t make it to the market, then order one of the many specialties: a five, seven or 10 pound box of brats or the OverStuffed Bratwurst gift box, which includes brats, mustard, sauerkraut and horseradish.
13313 Shaker Square
Cleveland Ohio 44120
The Balaton Restaurant in Cleveland’s Shaker Square serves up ample area favorites, but hands down, this restaurant serves the best wiener schnitzel in Cleveland. Top ratings year after year from local and regional publications such as the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine and Ohio Magazine say so. The dining experience is guaranteed to send you back to the old world. Balaton Restaurant features an extraordinary menu, a dizzying amount of famous entrees, light and vegetarian dishes as well as house specialties. Stick to the latter for a truly delicious dining experience. The wiener schnitzel, a veal cutlet sautéed golden brown served with spaetzle, or chicken schnitzel pulls people in from miles around.
Das Schnitzel Haus
5728 Pearl Road
Parma, Oh 44129
A fully heated patio awaits to warm you while you sip your icy beverages, such as German beer, or relax into your plate of faithful German cuisine. The patio at Das Schnitzel Haus is so comfortable you many find yourself staying for more than a course or round of drinks. It’s big enough to hold large parties, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or Saturday night. The German cuisine and schnitzel section on the menu serve up everything from bratwurst and knockwurst to schnitzels and sauerkraut. The beer selection is as impressive: Oktoberfest, maibocks and Doppel bocks. Whatever you fancy, take your selection to the enclosed, cozy patio.
The Bier Haus
17692 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH 44136
A newer restaurant with an older feel, The Bier Haus is trendy yet comfortable with classic cuisine and modern flare. It’s hard to find that combination, but The Bier Haus has it. It makes this place the best combination restaurant for the young crowd looking to satisfy an older European palate. Travel down the sandwiches/wurst and entrée sections to get the authentic German food you’re looking for. Don’t forget to drop in on The Bier Haus for German Fun Food Fest on Saturdays. This is an event worth repeating at a location that begs you stay for more.
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