This is something that belongs both to restaurant tips as well as to local customs tips. So, you want to try something authentic, cheap, filling and not healthy at all? Berlin is the right place for this because for few Euros literally at every imaginable corner there is an Imbiss or some other place selling currywurst. Which is basically a fat sausage topped with ketchup and curry, served with potato chips. Berliners seem to enjoy eating this junk food, and sincethis is really a part of local custom one has to try it at least once when in Berlin. So I tried it. (Only once, tho ;)
Berlin is great for tourists on the budget because in every part of the town there are currywurst stands, turkish doner kebabs, nice sandwich bars or simply small shops selling fresh fruits and vegetables so there is no fear anyone could stay hungry.
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.
Favorite Dish: Currywurst, fries with a bread roll, with mayo on the fries and extra ketchup.
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.
Best Currywurst in town??
Maybe, but definitely belonging to top ten, perfect for a Berliner fast-food taste and a beer during your tour round Kreuzberg.
Favorite Dish: Just say: "Eine Currywurst bitte!"
Imbiss is a Berlin institution. It's a name of numerous fast food stands (like this one on my picture or located in a trailer) or small eating places (standing room only). Originally they served either German or Turkish food but nowadays I found Imbiss with Asian food served as well. Imbiss is a great option esp. for budget travelers.
Currywurst (sausage with curry sause) - 1.50
Wienerwurst lang (long, hot pig's sausage :-) - 1.70
Bockwurst (boiled sausage) - 1.70
Boulette - 2.00
Rostbratwurst (grilled sausage) - 1.80
Fleichspie? - 2.50
Pommes frites (potato chips/crisps)- 1.50
Kartofellsalat (potato salad) - 1.50
Nudelsalat (dumpling's salad) - 1.50
Extras: Br?tchen (a bun) o. Mayo o. Ketchup - 0.20
Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Lift 0.5 l - 1.50
Mineralwasser 0.5 l (San Benedetto, no sparkling) - 1.50
Berliner Kindl bier (beer) 0.33 l - 1.30
Multivitamin 0.33 l - 1.50
Kakao 0.25 l - 1.50
Kaffee (tasse = a cup) - 1.00
Bier vom Fass (draught beer - HB M?nchen 0.3 l) - 1.90
Guten apetite :-)
Favorite Dish: Currywurst (grilled, small sausages with curry sauce - hot!) served with potato chips/crisps for only 1.50 € ! If you don't like spicy food order "rostbratwurst " - large, grilled sausage in a bun; German, better version of hot dog :-) for 1.80 €.
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*
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.
Where ever there is a market you will always find food. This imbiss is at the flea market Am Kupfergraben. A is traditional here you can get a Bratwurst in a bun with coffee or a cold Schultheis beer, which is a local Berlin brew.
Favorite Dish: Well I would say it has to be a roast brat!
There are a few different types of Imbiss now with more and more of thse popping up. Traditionally the Imbiss was German or Turkish food, but now you will find many that are Asian cuisine.
Favorite Dish: I love Chinese food so I would say most things. They usualy specialize with a fried noodle plate.
If you are missing all the regular fast food varieties then fear not as Berlin has about 50 McDonalds and plenty of other American fast food chains. We even have drive ins such as the McDrive, but most people prefer to sit in and eat! Most of the fast food restaurants are located in the western part of Berlin. Around Mitte you will find mostly German eateries!
If you are on a bit of abudget the best way to eat is form an Imbiss. These you will find all over the city and they offer typical German food ie bratwurst or schnitzel with pommes (fries) or you must try a dönar. Berlin has a large Turkish population and the dönar is found everywhere.
Favorite Dish: There is nothing quite like a dönar or Turkish pizza.
This is more an Imbiss than restaurant although it has about 10 tables and in the summer some tables on the street. When I first ate here it reminded me of dining in a guest house in Bangkok.
Favorite Dish: Definately the Phad Thai although most dishes are superb.
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.
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.
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.