World Cup Cuisine

Jennifer Waldera

If you’re like us, you might have just spent an entire month watching “the beautiful game” and maybe occasionally pairing food or drinks to the matches of your choice. Or maybe you didn’t care about the World Cup at all, but chowing down on international foods is right up your alley!

In the spirit of honoring the winner of the international event, we bring to you our list of top German restaurants in Baltimore to enjoy the cuisine of the winning team. Regardless of anyone’s alliance (or lack thereof) during the World Cup, we’re pretty sure most of us can come together in the name of sausages and beer. Cheers!


Eichenkranz (

This Brewer’s Hill mainstay has a rich history and has served up some of the most authentic German food in Charm City since the 1800’s. All things “schnitzel” and “wurst” are represented on the menu, but try to not have too many brews before you attempt to pronounce the Schwinkoteletten mit Apfeln (a tasty meal of pork chops smothered in brown apple liqueur gravy). While no one is going to accuse of Eichenkranz’s atmosphere of being too modern, if genuine German food is what you are seeking, there is no other place in Baltimore City that beats Eichenkranz. Tip: If you’re dying for some schnitzel but your date isn’t in the same mindset, there is a huge array of other choices on the menu including crab cakes and pasta amongst others. A children’s menu is available as well.



Old Stein Inn (

This Food Network featured gem, located in Edgewater in Anne Arundel County, is the place to go to experience a German style biergarten. Dine and drink outside and enjoy crowd sing alongs and the tunes of strolling accordion player Sylvia, or choose to experience this decades old restaurant in their recently renovated inside that incorporates a variety of interesting features, including a 100 year old refinished bar. Try starters like spreadable liverwurst and charcuterie, entree specialties like Sauerbraten or smoked pork chops with sauerkraut, or any of their various schnitzels (chicken, pork, or veal) or wurst plates. Old Stein Inn even has the little ones covered with choices like cheese spaetzle or chicken schnitzel for the adventurous child’s palate, and grilled cheese or ham and cheese for those little guys less excited to try new cuisine. We’re pretty sure you’ve already figured out that their beer list is fairly awesome, and for those preferring the reds and whites, the wine list is well rounded with plenty of by the glass and bottle options. They even have a gluten free cider. Is there anything the Old Stein Inn hasn’t thought of?



Duesenberg’s (

Duesenberg’s is an American cafe by day transformed each night (Wednesday through Saturday) into a German restaurant by Chef Christine Seiler from Bavaria. This reasonably priced dinner spot offers up the traditional pork dishes and potato pancakes, but also offers some German spins on seafood like the salmon, spinach, and spaetzle casserole as well as vegetarian options. While Duesenberg’s is BYOB, the liquor store a block from the restaurant will happily sell you the desired brews to pair with your German delicacies. Tip: This restaurant tends to get busy on weekend nights. Reservations (by phone only) are highly recommended.



The Bavarian Brauhaus

If you are a lover of German food and biergartens already, then you may have been very familiar with Blob’s Park, the restaurant and beer garden that was housed in Jessup for over 80 years. While they did close in early 2014, those who loved the establishment, or who get excited about German food and drink, will be ecstatic to learn that the owner of Blob’s Park will be opening The Bavarian Brauhaus in the former Gunning’s restaurant space in Hanover, in Anne Arundel County. With nary a website or Facebook page yet available, we will have to trust the word on the street that the new restaurant will be opening this summer.

That said, while we are very excited for a new opening, it wouldn’t be the “wurst” thing (yeah, we went there!) in the world if the opening winds up being in autumn, when the crisp air and falling leaves basically demand that we fill up on hearty sausage and quality brews. Regardless, we will be sure to keep you posted on the status of what we are sure will be a very welcome addition to the German food scene in the area.

If you have other tips on your own favorite German food spots, comment and let us know! Prost!

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