For meat and potato lovers, German cuisine satisfies like none other. Whether you are looking for a casual meal of sausages and wursts with a thick slather of mustard and a stein of beer or an abbendessen of hearty sauerbraten with a side of red cabbage and glass of Mosel wine, Denver has you covered.
1317 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
This is the third restaurant in chef Jennifer Jasincki’s entourage (Rioja and Place Vendome), but the most casual of the lot. It’s not a traditional German restaurant, but there are so many great dishes that borrow cuisine from the region that it needs to be on your go-to list. All of the sausages are made in house with amazing flavors like chicken curry corn dog, beef short rib kielbasa and the classics like silky-smooth leberkase and Bavarian veal weisswurst. The hand-cut fries with melted Wisconsin cheese curds are pure Midwestern goodness. The beer list is extensive with dozens of international choices and the best of Colorado’s craft brews.
1600 Champa St., #230
Denver, CO 80202
Café Berlin moved from its long-time locale on 14th Street to its new address on the 16th Street Mall at the corner of Champa. The restaurant is known for authentic weiner schnitzel with lemon and sautéed onions. The cabbage rolls are like your Oma used to make, stuffed with meat and smothered in gravy. The menu also includes an ubiquitous selection of wursts and sauerkraut. Each entrée comes with a choice of red cabbage, hot potato salad, fried potatoes or spatzle. Paulaner beers are on tap and there is a large selection of German wines.
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The Über Sausage
2730 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
When you crave a real German bratwurst, a Colorado buffalo bratwurst or a smoked kielbasa, this is the place. The sausages are wunderbar but what will really take you back to the homeland are the toppings that go on the sausages. For instance, the Swiss Double is a veal and pork sausage with yellow curry seasoning or the French with apples, caramelized red onions, crumbled blue cheese and mustard will have you saying danke. The Über Sausage also has a sausage food truck. Check out the website for locations.
7521 Ute Highway
Longmont, CO 80503
Praha is one-third Germany, one-third Prague and one-third Colorado. This family-owned restaurant is run by a three-generation family, Jitka Smetana from Prague and her two daughters, chef Monica and Judy, the manager of the restaurant. This is top-notch European cuisine in a charming brick house on Highway 66 (on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park). The menu is sophisticated with pork tenderloin marinated, sauteed and served with a creamy Calvados brandy sauce. There are also other old-fashioned German favorites like schnitzel and the combination plate of smoked pork chop with bratwurst and knackwurst with sauerkraut and potatoes Lyonnaise.
6620 Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80003
This homestyle German/Hungarian/Polish restaurant is comfortable. It has lace curtains and simple furnishings, much like what you would find in a small German burg. The menu is filled with the classics like wursts, schnitzel and chicken parikash. The prices are reasonable and the portions are large.
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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.