Tips for Eating in Munich, Munich

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    Munich Restaurant Guide

    by antistar Updated Dec 17, 2005

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    Munich is a big city with a wealthy business class, a huge student body and a large foreign population. To serve these disparate groups of people is a wide range of high quality restaurants, with more choice in food than in many other areas of Germany. Prices are often high, but the quality usually matches it, and if you are coming from the UK it will all seem very good value.

    To help you through the many choices there is an excellent English language guide run by the ex-pats over at Toy Town Munich. They rate and review many, but not all, of Munich's restaurants, and have many user submitted comments that allow you to get a good feel for the various places on offer. Each recommended restaurant from the site I visited was excellent.

    The place is run mostly by an Anglo-American contingent, so they have a bias towards food popular in those countries, like super hot curries, but I don't think you'd go far wrong to pick something based on the reviews here.

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    in many beer gardens: Münchner Steckerlfisch

    by tini58de Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    The word "Steckerl" derives from the Bavarian dialect word for "little stick" and "fisch" means - "fish"!

    Whereas in old times any kind of fish from the lakes and rivers was used, now it is mainly herring and mackerel.

    The stick is inserted lenthwise up the fish, so that it can be put over a charcoal fire. This technique allows the fat to run down the stick and not onto the fire.

    Steckerlfisch is very popular at the Oktoberfest or the Auer Dult, but also many beergardens offer it during the summer season.

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    Germany's Infamous Pork Knuckle: Feast the PORK KNUCKLE!!!

    by DirtyRudy Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Favorite Dish: Pork Knuckle is the staple food of Germany. OK, I'm exaggerating. It's probably not the staple food, but it's definitely good food. This is 100% exactly what the name is: Pork Knuckle. If you're into meat & fat all wrapped up into a heart-attack-on-a-plate, then this is it.

    At least you'll die happy. Try this at the Hofbrauhaus -- it rocks!

    Mmmm... Pork Knuckle
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    Here comes the Main Course: Menu Help: Meat and Fish

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    The menu reads: HAUPTGERICHTEN. How--what? Translation: Main Courses. What to look for when you are really hungry:

    Braten: roast. Comes in variations such as -
    Brathendl: roast chicken
    Kalbsbraten: roast veal
    Rinderbraten: roast beef
    Schweinebraten: roast pork
    Hackbraten: meatloaf

    Eintopf: a stew or casserole
    Eisbein: pork knuckle
    Fleischpflanzerl: a Bavarian hamburger patty
    Frikadellen: meatballs
    Gans: goose
    Kalb: calf
    Leberkaese: a true Bavarian specialty, this is a ground beef, veal and pork 'meatloaf' that looks a lot like bologna, sliced THICK.
    Rind: beef
    Rippchen: loin ribs
    Rouladen: roll ups. Thinly sliced beef with various kinds of stuffings.
    Schnitzel: everyone knows this one! Lots of variations on the Schnitzel - try as many as you can.
    Schwein: pork
    Spanferkel: roasted suckling pig. Another yummy Bavarian delicacy.
    Tafelspitz: boiled beef filet - usaully served with a mild and creamy horseradish sauce.

    Favorite Dish: Not being close to the sea, Bavarians do not consume as much seafood as the North Germans. You may find these dishes:

    Austern: oysters
    Forelle: trout
    Heilbutt: halibut
    Hering: herring
    Kabeljau: cod
    Lachs: salmon
    Scholle; plaice, sole
    Steinbutt: turbot

    Bavarian Dining
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    Here come the Sweets!: Menu Help: Desserts

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    Whether as a special afternoon treat or to finish off a meal, try a delectable sweet during your stay in Munich. Here are a few goods ones to sample:

    Eisbecher: ice cream sundae. Usually served in a grand manner, topped off with biscuits (wafer cookies).
    Kuchen: cake. Usually of a sponge base topped with any number of fruits. The pride of place is
    Obstkuchen: a multi-colored fruit torte.

    These are commonly used fruits -
    Ananas: pineapple
    Apfel: apple
    Erdbeer(en): strawberry
    Himbeer(en): raspberry
    Johannisbeer(en): fresh currant
    Kirsch(en): cherry
    Pfirsich: peach
    Pflaumen or Zwetschgen: plums

    Ingredients and toppings for various sweets -
    Mandel+ anything: contains almonds
    Nuss+anything: will contain nuts. If there is a concern about foods containing peanuts, avoid anything that says ERDNUSS.

    Favorite Dish: Cafes and bakeries offer the widest selection of sweets for your afternoon coffee. While in Munich make a point of trying BIENENSTICH. The name means bee sting. It contains no honey although the almond glaze topping is sweet enough. Think 'Boston Cream doughnut' -without the chocolate - and you can virtually taste it!

    BIENENSTICH: A Classic
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    Working Your Way through Bavarian Cuisine: Menu Help: Soups and Veggies

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    This is what you want for a light meal:

    Fleischbruehe: broth similar to consomme
    Flaedlesuppe: broth topped with crepe strips
    Frikadellensuppe: meatball soup
    Fruehlingsuppe: literally 'spring soup' this is broth with mixed greens.
    Gemuesesuppe: veggie soup
    Gulaschsuppe: paprika-laden beef and veggie soup
    Knoedelsuppe: dumpling soup
    Kraeuter(creme)suppe: similar to spring soup, but in a cream base
    Leberknoedelsuppe: liver dumpling soup. A Bavarian specialty!
    Linsensuppe: lentil soup
    Ochsenschwanzsuppe: oxtail soup
    Spargelsuppe: asparagus soup - an early summer treat

    Favorite Dish: Munich offers veggie lovers much more than Kraut (cabbage)! ROHKOST implies raw veggies, otherwise they are usually cooked. Look for these:

    Blumenkohl (Karfiol): cauliflower
    Bohnen: beans
    Erbsen: peas
    Gurken: cucumbers (with a prefix, they are likely to be a form of pickeled gherkins)
    Moehren: carrots
    Kartoffeln (Erdaepfel); potatoes
    Lauch (Porree): leek
    Pilze: mushrooms
    Pommes Frites: French fries
    Radi: large white Bavarian radish
    Radischen: red radish
    Rosenkohl: Brussel sprouts
    Rueben: beets
    Sellerie: NOT green celery but the white celeriac root
    Spargel: asparagus
    Spinat: spinach
    Wirsing: Savoy cabbage
    Zwiebel: onion

    ROHKOST: raw veggie salad
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    The best of Dumpling-Culture: Menu Help: The eternal Knoedel

    by pedersdottir Written Apr 26, 2004

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    In Munich and the surrounding countryside KNOEDEL is King. The main ingredient is either bread cubes or potatoes. A staple of the local diet for over a thousand years, Bavarian dumplings come in several types - all of them large! Here are a few of the most popular:

    Bauernknoedel: a savory potato dumpling containing onions and bits of meat - it could make a meal in itself.

    Leberknoedel: a bread dumpling seasoned with liver and onions. A tasty topping for sauerkraut - or main ingredient of Liver dumpling soup (Leberknoedelsuppe).

    Reibeknoedel: a bread and potato dumpling, this is often served with roast game or Sauerbraten.

    Semmelknoedel: the supreme achievement of Knoedel-cuisine, this is a flavorful, light yet satisfying dumpling made of day-old bread cubes. Yummy with anything - or all on its own.

    Zwetschenknoedel: a potato dumpling stuffed with plums for a fruity main dish or a substantial dessert.

    KNOEDELSUPPE: dumpling in broth
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    Working Your Way through Bavarian Cuisine: Menu Help: Breads and Breakfast

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    The basics look similar to English: Brot und Butter. If you want to order more than bread and butter for your meal look for these items on the breakfast menu:

    Broetchen: bread rolls
    Honig: honey
    Kaese: cheese
    Muesli (now common in English too): mixed cereals with dried fruit or nut bits, often added to yogurt
    Saft: juice
    Semmeln: plain buns similar to Kaiser rolls
    Schinken: ham
    Vollkornbrot: whole grain bread
    Quark: farmer's cheese, similar to yogurt but unfermented
    Wurst: sausage

    Ei (plural: Eier) is the universal egg. Boiled eggs are the norm. Unless you are staying in a 5* hotel, Eggs Benedict may be hard to find. Here are typical variations:

    Gekochte Eier: boiled eggs
    Ruehrei(er): scrambled egg
    Spiegelei(er): egg sunnyside up

    WURSTSALAT is not for breakfast!
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    Schwabing's great Leopoldstrasse

    by Henkster Updated Mar 17, 2004

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    For many different bars, international restaurants and cafes all lined up on one big tree-lined boulevard go to Leopoldstrasse in Schwabing.

    Leopoldstrasse is always active, until late at night.

    Take U3 or U6 to Gisela Strasse and start your trip from there, walking up to Münchner Freiheit.

    Munich's famous skyline

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    Fast food: Macdonals and Burger king

    by diageva Written Mar 7, 2004

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    ok, I will tell you something that I hated at Munich, because I am not use to it, but I do know that its correct, but in Spain is so different ... ok ... I will tell you...

    at Munich when you go to a fast food ... you have to pay if you want a ketchup or mayonnaise little bag .... buuuuuuuuuu

    is the same at your place ????

    I know its the correct way ... for the recycling and all that ... but well ... I was not used

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    Street Locals: Local food

    by diageva Written Mar 7, 2004

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    I used to eat at the street food locals ... there are many and good ones. I loved to have orange juice and hot soups at Virtual Market ... and try new things ...

    In nearly every underground station you have plenty of backeries and sausages shops

    Virtual Market

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    Lots of great food on offer: Im Tal

    by Henkster Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Im Tal is the street that leads from Marienplatz to the Isar Tor, one of Munich's old city gates.
    Here you will find lots of great restaurants, like Weisses Brauhaus and Paulaner im Tal (both Bavarian cuisine), as well as steak houses, Chinese restaurants, cafes, ice-cream places, Starbucks coffee shops and McDonalds and Burger King!

    historic picture of the Tal in Munich

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    Forgot, need to ask Hanna: Have the "house" meal

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 11, 2003

    Hanna took us to a small local restaurant near the lake where we spent the day, we managed to get there just as the rain started, it was great, having some wine and a good meal with friends while it was pouring outdoors.
    Sorry don't remember the name of this restaurant, but Hanna assured me that there are dozens like it with good food around the lake as it is a big tourist area in season and a place that is not good does not last.

    Hanna, Martin and Zohara, mini VT meet ^O^

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    Just outside Munich: Garching

    by d_d Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Just outside Munich (8km), in Garching (where scientific university is located), near the U-bahn station, there's a nice bar and reastaurant .
    English perfectly spoken (strange in Munich) and low prices (a 33 cl coke is 1.8 EUR instead of 25 cl at 2.5 EUR of the city center)

    restaurant/bar in Garching

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    by Helga67 Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    Normally, I don't eat fast food very often, but whenever I'm abroad, I'm looking for a Burger King. Why?
    Well, I had my first 'Whopper' (a hamburger by Burger King) in the US, and it tasted so different from the others. The meat was grilled and very tasteful. Unfortunately, there are no Burger King's in Belgium, so I always have to wait for my Whopper until I go on vacation :-).

    Favorite Dish: Whopper

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