Do We Need More German Restaurants?
Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:42 AM
Once upon a time the only German restaurant around was Ludwig's Garten on Sansom. When it closed we were Gemütlichkeit-less. Now, however, we've got Brauhaus Schmitz, Frankford Hall, and the newly opened Bierstube in Old City. Even Jose Garces and has threatened to get into the act with a Wurstmacher in the old Letti Deli on 13th Street.
Is this a "hot" new trend that's bound to eventually fizzle? I definitely want one or two German restaurants in Center City, but more than that might compete one another out of business.
Or is it simply about the beer?
Robert's Market Report
Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:44 PM
You could buy Underberg and Bahlsen and Oetker etc there too..
Anyone recall the name?
It was NOT Wienerschnitzel.
Edited by GlorifiedRice, 04 February 2012 - 05:59 PM.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:49 AM
In reply to the original post, there used to be some good german restaurants in the northeast, where there was a german community. We are left with shells of what used to be with the Hop Angel replacing the old Blue Ox Brauhaus across from Riekers.
Also, having spent a good amount of time in Northern Germany, I really wish we had more of a represntation of the other styles of cooking other than the heavy wurst centered cooking from Bavaria.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:56 AM
Think of any regional cuisine out there: there are plenty of conceptually similar places that don't really compete with one another, because of location, or price point, or whatever.
A new taqueria?!? Don't we have enough taquerias? Nope, no such thing. I'll say the same for wurst stands and grand beer halls and fancy, formal German restaurants too. If they're good, and in tune with the fact that it's 2012, I say the more, the better!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:14 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:54 PM
Around the same time there was another 'chain' out of Germany called Wienerwald and I see they still exist but not in the US. Was that the one in KOP? The wiki below has some interesting comments on its venture into the US.