Snacks (Döner, Currywurst, etc.), Berlin

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    Konnopke’s Imbiss: Berlin Institution

    by alancollins Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    Konnopke’s Imbiss is a Berlin ‘institution’. It opened for business in 1930 serving fast food to night workers. It continued in business after WW2 and the arrival of the GDR. It claims to have invented currywurst by accident in 1960. For those who have never tried it, it consist of a special type of sausage, a spicy tomato ketchup sprinkled with a curry powder. It is reputed to serve the best currywurst in Berlin and judging by the continuous queue outside its premises this would appear to be true. Having tried one for myself it certainly tastes very nice. A currywurst and a roll costs 2€, a currywurst & fries 3.40€. As you queue, purchase your drink at the first window before you reach the food window.
    They now have a updated website which includes an English version.

    Favorite Dish: Currywurst, fries with a bread roll, with mayo on the fries and extra ketchup.

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    Fettnapf: Fettnapf: Posh Fries

    by Turtleshell Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Fettnapf offers French, or better yet: Belgian fries - arguably the best fries in town.

    One of the two owners is a professional interior designer the other one has previously worked with Eckart Witzigmann, one of Germany’s premier chefs. And it shows: Grease splatter and funny smells are not what you should expect. Instead you'll see a greyish-bluish interior with dark wood, a regal board with some good wine and a big Espresso machine replaced the usual cheap coffee maker.

    At Fettnapf, they slice potatoes of a special variety into 10mm square slices and fry them using pure beef tallow at 140°C and than again at 160°C.

    Top your fries with one of 20 different sauces - some of them are a bit ... well ... adventurous and don't go well with fries if you ask me, but truffles and others are great. Depending on what kind of fries you have ordered, the always friendly staff may garnish your cone with a cocktail tomato, parsley or wild boar shashlik.

    That's probably not what the average construction worker would expect, but it's certainly something you'll remember for a while.

    If you want, take your cone and stroll around beautiful Kollwitzplatz, but I suggest to stay and ask for a separate small bowl for the topping. This way, your fries stay hot longer.

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    Cheap meal On The Run: Currywurst @ Checkpoint Charlie

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 28, 2012

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    We walked past here every morning and evening as it was 100 metres from our hotel and on the way to Stadtmitte metro station.

    Entrance is next to the Berlin Wall and around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie.

    Everything looked good and priced reasonably, however we never dined here as we had either just finished breakfast or were returning from dinner.

    Favorite Dish: 50 metres from Checkpoint Charlie.

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    Currywurst Express: Just Had To Be Done!

    by johngayton Updated Feb 1, 2012

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    Another topic of conversation which came up during our excellent dinner at Tiergartenquelle was the origins of "currywurst" which it so happened I was the leading authority, explaining that it was a post-WWII thing when an enterprisingly Berliner lady married the idea of German sausage to American-supplied tomato ketchup and British curry powder. How the enterprising lady procurred her ketchup and curry is to left to the imagination but anyway that's how it came about.

    So for my last "meal" here in Germany (on this visit) I just had to grab a currywurst and being at Alexanderplatz the station's "Express" seemed the ideal place to do so.

    As expected this tasted of sausage with ketchup and curry and was served very swiftly by a chirpy little counter assistant. Good fast-food buzz as people came, ate, disposed of their rubbish and left - plus very cheap too.

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    Kardesler Grill: A Cracking Kebab!

    by johngayton Written Feb 1, 2012

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    I consider myself a bit of a kebab connoiseur and the Doner from here is definitely one of the best I've tasted. Of course kebabs being a late-night thing, after the beers, mean that sometimes my recollections of them can be a tad hazy but this one I do recall vividly. A well-taosted pita packet absolutely crammed with juicy meat, just the right amount of fresh-tasting salad and a chilli sauce with a discernable kick but a good tomtoey backtaste - absolutely spot-on.

    Service too was excellent, swift and friendly and I think it was just over three Euros for what made for a substantial late night feast.

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  • Snacks (Döner, Currywurst, etc.): Best Currywurst at Maximillian's

    by bdeah Written Dec 13, 2007

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    This is an Imbis prefered by Berlin natives, who come very often there and get their wurst. They have about four or five Imbisses but the original one is that "at the harbour" (the small Tempelhof harbour). Its opened till 1am in the week and sometimes even later.

    The Wurst is roasted over a Woodchars Grill that makes it really crispy, this is an unique method.

    But the special thing on this is the sauce, the gipsy- or Zigeunersauce, kind of tomato onion sauce with few other ingredents, wich you can only eat at Maximillians

    If you ask you get a bonuscard. Then you get a stamp for every wurst and the eleventh is free.

    Favorite Dish: Rostbratwurst with Gipsy Sauce (Zigeunersauce), wich is only available at Maximillians
    Just say "Eine mit Sauce" and they'll know.

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    Konopke's Curry Wurst: "The best curry wurst in Berlin" - believe me!

    by pumukliboti Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Curry wurst - if You know Berlin only a bit - is the great, alltime "enemy" of döner.
    It's been in Berlin since (as the legend goes) Mr. Currywurst invented it, and Konopke is the place where he used to work, his sons and daughters rolled the shop on and on through the years, and today You can get this snack everywhere, but here it's the original and the best!

    Favorite Dish: Curry wurst mit pommes und ein Kraftmalz

    (The superb sausage with curry-ketchup, fries and the greatest non alcoholic drink in Germany)

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    Snacks (Döner, Currywurst, etc.): A cheap way to eat

    by Alex_71 Updated Sep 28, 2007

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    When you go around all day long and you don't have so much time for visiting everything you desire, maybe you don't have the time (or the will) to sit in a restaurant for haveing lunch. In Berlin there are lots of snacks and lots of places where you can stop and eat something. It's a quickly way to eat and a chep one. It cost less then a Mc Donald's and it's local food. You can find places that sell snacks everywhere in Berlin and most of them are really good. Obiusvly, you are not in a restaurant, but for a snack or for a quickly lunch it's a very good idea. I have tryed the local wurstels (all the kind) and i liked very much, so as id' like the Doner Kebab. Also the Doner can be found in lots of places and believe me..1 snack will not let you hungry! They usually use lots of onions, so if you want a quick snack before a first date with a girl..not the best choice you can have;-)

    Favorite Dish: I liked all the kind of Wurstel i have tryed..the most famous is Currywurst, that is cooked in the way you see in the picture. A good way to eat it is searching for a quiet place where to sit and eat, maybe drinking a local beer.

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    Street Vendor: Fast food on the go!

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    On your own? In a hurry? Need to get to the next thing to visit but need to eat?
    Street Vendors are there to serve.
    Chinese-German-Fruit-Coffee and Ice Cream.
    All for the tourist on the go!

    Favorite Dish: Chinese vendor by the Hauptbahnhof, his soup was Prima!
    + a cold beer just what I needed.

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    Piccola Italia (Berlin Mitte): Pizza to go anyone?

    by Turtleshell Updated May 21, 2007

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    Attributes that spring to mind to describe Piccola Italia: Eccentric, crowded, original, hectic - fantastic.

    Their small pizzas are simply great, but don't expect to sit down, wait for a waiter to come and relax. Instead you place your order at one desk, pay in advance and 3 - 10 minutes later another sweating guy screams "al funghi" or "di Parma" or whatever you may have ordered. Squeeze yourself through other guests, show the guy your bill, take your pizza out and sit down outside on one of the two simple wooden benches if others are willing to close ranks. Enjoy.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza *duh*

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  • Snacks @ Christmas: Christmas Fair

    by mattalthor Written Jan 5, 2007

    I opted to grab stuff from the Christmas fair. The wurst was nice but I had somehow expected these to taste nicer.

    I found a stall selling a fried pototoe/onion/herb pancake/hash brown "thing". It was sensational! Never seen before, never will again I bet.

    Lots of healthy options too like mushroom soup

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    Istanbul Lokanta: Nice and cheap doner/italian restaurant

    by aatt Written Aug 28, 2006

    Well.. it is a good place to eat at if you are hungry.
    I liked especially the pizzas. 1.75 euros for a reasonable sized pizza (no
    matter which topping you like, the price does'nt change)
    they offer pasta for 2.50 and doner kebaps.
    the staff is very efficient, kind and at least one of them speaks english.
    enjoy.

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    Mr Kebap Tor Strasse: Cheap and cheerful

    by mccrorj Written Aug 28, 2006

    Pleasant imbiss kebab shop. I have a weakness of Mr Kebap as he has been here a number of years. His english isn't brilliant but he is very patient and always ready with a bit of banter. His food is basic but cheap and plentiful. Unlike the UK you can have a proper meal at the imbiss having food and drink or either one or the other. The prices are dramatically lower than the restaurants within a five minute walk. He does a normal donner kebab for 2 euros and will do a full chicken for 4 euros. He will of cours do the full range of food and drink to take away. I always have a meal here as you get closer to the people who actually live in the local neighbourhood.

    Favorite Dish: Donner kebab with hot sauce or one of his grilled chickens with pommes

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    Stand outside Bahnhoff Zoo: Fresh Pretzels

    by julia687 Updated May 13, 2006

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    This is just a food stand outside the station and needing breakfast we stopped and had the most amazing pretzel in the world, they were freshly made and still warm. mmmm yummy!
    Plus they were so cheap! They were less than a euro - can't remember how much exactly.

    The major stations have lots of food places in them, don't worry about eating from them everything looks clean and all the locals are eating from them. A great way to eat on a budget.

    Favorite Dish: Pretzel

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    Currywurst: Berlin fast food

    by Sjalen Written Nov 7, 2005

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    A German sausage with curry powder poured on it is a Berlin delicatessen in the fast food area. I certainly liked it, even though I had expected something more "unusual" bearing in mind all the fuss :))) You will find stalls everywhere in the city.

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