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Best German Food In Los Angeles

Oktoberfest Red Lion
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Germany is a wonderful country filled with intriguing culture, joyous festivals and delicious cuisine. Fortunately, quite a number of these things have filtered into the U.S., including Oktoberfest In Los Angeles, German food is just another culinary piece of the world you can find within the city limits. It's not as mainstream as Italian, Thai or Mexican, but it's definitely catching on. Check out these five restaurants for the best German food in LA.

Red Lion Tavern
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Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-5337

Considered a Los Angeles landmark, The Red Lion Tavern has been serving German fare for as long as anyone can remember. Despite the change of ownership a few times, a quality experience has always been the first priority. Whether you're in the mood for bratwurst, schnitzel, leberkäse mit ei or some homemade strudel, the Red Lion Tavern should be at the top of your list. A recently renovated biergarten with nothing but German beers and a full bar is always great for happy hour. Prost!

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oktoberfest wirtshaus
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345 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-9291

If authenticity is what you're looking for in your German smorgasbord, then head to Wirtshaus in the Fairfax district. The 35 German beers in bottles and draft and many German and Austrian wines to choose from get you off to an authentic start. And it keeps going with variations of schnitzel, sausages, potato pancakes, currywurst and the famous Wirtshaus pretzels. Vegetarian and kid-friendly dishes are also available, making Wirtshaus perfect for the whole family. It's also the go-to spot for Oktoberfest and Bavarian night.

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206 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 466-4860

If Koreatown is the last place you'd expect to get decent German food, you're in for a surprise. Biergarten, a German-Korean fusion concept, takes your taste-buds to a new level. The pork schnitzel with tangy Asian sauce, German fried rice or the deviled eggs with knackwurst and sauerkraut are just a few of some really interesting things on this gastropub's menu. There's a nice selection of beers, IPA's and weizenbocks. There's also a late night menu with a bratwurst corn dog you'll definitely want to try.

Berlin Currywurst
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Berlin Currywurst
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 628-3455

Currywurst stands in Berlin is likened to the food truck culture here in Los Angeles. But instead of having to hunt one down, Berlin Currywurst opened up shop with two accessible locations: DTLA and Silver Lake. Start by choosing your sausage (pork, beef, chicken and combos), choose your style (to bun or not to bun) and then your sides and toppings as well as your heat level. Berlin Currywurst offers unique meat and spice combos for a little zing and zest to honor the tradition of German street food. If you're looking for a German breakfast, the Broadway location is your better bet.

oktoberfest chalet edelweiss
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Chalet Edelweiss
8740 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-8740

Not everyone might be down for German cuisine when you are, so Chalet Edelweiss is the perfect choice. With substantial German fare there's also modern European cuisine and everyone's favorite -- pizza! You can indulge in leberkäse, various schnitzel or a very hearty rheinland saft-gulasch mit spätzle und rotkraut and not worry about anyone but yourself. There's Swiss mac & cheese, a nice selection of wood fire pizzas, steaks and salads. As a bonus, most menu items are reasonably priced.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at


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