Guten Appetit! Eat your way through every corner of the nation.
When in Rome, they say, do as the Romans do. And of course, when in Germany, one should eat as the Germans do. With this month’s celebrations of the 25th anniversary of German reunification, it’s the perfect time to pay homage to the country’s rich heritage – and what better way to do so than by eating your way through its culinary diversity?
Start local at Max und Moritz (Oranienstr. 162, www.maxundmoritzberlin.de), a piece of Berlin drinking history in the middle of Kreuzberg. Named after a classic children’s book, the pub opened in 1902 and has managed to preserve much of its original interior, such as wood-paneled walls and beautiful tiles. Befitting the old-timey feel, the menu focuses on classic Berliner dishes like Hoppelpoppel, a meat-and-potatoes hash, and Eisbein, roasted pork knuckle with sauerkraut. Old maps line the walls at cozy
Marjellchen (Mommsenstr. 9, www.marjellchen-berlin.de), which specializes in the cuisine of northeastern Mecklenburg and Pomerania, plus traditional dishes from the eastern reaches of Prussia, land that now belongs to Poland and Russia.
Ostpreußische delicacies include smoked eel with potatoes or the widely loved
Königsberger Klopse, meat balls ina caper sauce.
Head to the southwest reaches of the German border at Kurpfalz Weinstuben ( Wilmersdorfer Str. 93, www.kurpfalzweinstuben.de), a quaint wine bar specializing in the Palatinate region. If
Saumagen – stuffed pig’s stomach, a kind of German haggis – doesn’t appeal, try the
Flammkuchen, a pizza- like dish that uses crème fraîche in lieu of tomato sauce. The perfect pairing to your meal is made simple with the restaurant's selection of more than 40 regional wines.
The southern states of BadenWürttemberg and Bavaria are home to some of the most well-known German delicacies, like Spätzle noodles, goulash, schnitzel, or Maultaschen, the last being akin to big, overstuffed ravioli. Good spots to get your feast on are Spätzle & Knödel ( Wühlischstr. 20, www.spaetzleknoedel.de) or Schwarzwaldstuben ( Tucholskystr. 48, www.schwarzwaldstuben-berlin.com). Capping off the meal with Kaiserschmarrn, shredded pancakes with fruit sauce, is a must.