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Where is Adelaide's Best German Food?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published January 29th 2012
German culture in Adelaide goes a lot further than the annual Schützenfest celebrations. Towns throughout the Barossa, Hills, and Fleurieu Peninsula have all had a German touch, and you can even find some fine German fare in the CBD. So where can you find the best German food in Adelaide?

Hahndorf is the obvious place to start, it's often referred to as Adelaide's little Germany, and there are a few places that you just have to try. The German Arms and the Hahndorf Inn both try to recreate the feel of a German tavern, and they specialise in two things: meat and beer. Think things like traditional german bratwurst sausages, sauerkraut, and schnitzels. You can even try to tackle the metre long hotdog at the Hahndorf Inn. Also in Hahndorf is Haus, a mix of German and Modern Australian inspiration. It's a bit different from it's tavern style counterparts, but worth a try.

In Adelaide the Adelaide German Club also has a full menu of traditional German food. For something a bit lighter you can try the 'katroffelpuffer', German pancakes with apple sauce, or for a hearty meal get the trio of sausages with grilled bratwurst, kransky, and vienna, served with potato mash, onion, sauerkraut, mustard, and chips. The meals here are pretty similar to those on offer up in Hahndorf, but who does them best?

A bit further away is the Zinfadel German Cafe, in Tanunda. The cafe has a quainter feel than the large pubs found closer to town. You can still get all of your regular German meals, with lots of meat, cabbage, and potatoes. It's a lovely way to take a look at the Barossa's German influence in between your wine tasting.

Finally, in the Fleurieu Peninsula you'll find Cafe Bavaria, where you can sample the sweeter side of things. There are lots of delicious pastries, including of course the German strudel. You'll also find savoury German meals, like tasty German bratwurst.

So where can the best German fare be found? Let us know where you've had your best German feast, and why you think it's Adelaide's best. Is somewhere serving great German food that we need to know about? Join the discussion in the comments, and let us know your favourite German food in Adelaide.
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