Eating things while in Berlin

Last week, we took advantage of a German holiday (All Saints’ Day) to meet my Spanish host mom in Berlin. Wandering around on foot and bouncing between three different languages = exhausting, so we were excited to try out some of the restaurants that we’d researched. One of the (many) great things about Berlin is that you are never without a cheap, good option for food. Dinner on our first night was at Santa Maria Mexican Diner, at the recommendation of a friend (thanks, Grace!) as some of the best Mexican food we might find in Germany. This was absolutely correct.

There are two other branches in Berlin, and this one happened to be closest to where we were staying. We had to walk for a bit after getting off the subway and we almost got sidetracked by other amazing looking choices a few times. This is definitely a good neighborhood to find places to eat.

       

At Santa Maria, they spoke English from the get-go. I imagine most Germans have been scared out of there upon tasting the deliciously spicy salsa.

On our second night, we met a friend in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, where we had our pick of dozens of restaurants. We settled on Pagode Thai Kitchen. It was too dark for photos, though you can take my word that it was really yummy! Green curry with beef and mango lassi made for a great meal.

For lunch on our last day, we sort of overdid it at the Hühnerhaus. I had read about this place online, and it’s actually just a little outdoor stand across the street from a larger restaurant. No one was there when we showed up and ordered, so we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we each ordered half a chicken, salad and pommes (5.50).

              

The chicken actually melted off the bone. No joke. And, needless to say, we didn’t eat dinner that night. Can anyone teach me how to make chicken like this?

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7 responses to “Eating things while in Berlin

  1. Hi this all looks delicious! I’ve been looking at blogs to do with German dining, and your last paragraph about the Huhnerhaus looks good, is that traditional German food? I was also looking at the influence German cuisine has had on the rest of the world, but I’d be really interested to know if on your travels in Germany you found a stark difference in German cuisine from one region to the next.

    • Hi Daisy,

      I’m not sure how traditional the chicken is – I think that it may actually be run by a Turkish guy 🙂 Some traditional German meat includes Haxe (pig shank, essentially), frikadillen (little pork patties) and bratwurst. We haven’t traveled much in the southern part of Germany, so I’m not too familiar with the difference. Maybe others that have traveled here more extensively can chime in? I can say that in general, you will always be able to find a lot of Turkish food and bratwurst 🙂

  2. Do you find it odd that there’s so much food variety in Berlin? I’ve had really good (by any standards) Thai there, as well as good Mexican. How do you think they pull it off? So jealous about your green chile enchiladas, though.

    • It’s pretty amazing that it can be such a huge city (and even considered to be the cultural center of *Europe*, at that) and still have wonderful, affordable food from all over. I guess the variety of food is explained by the whole “cultural center” thing, and it’s just traditionally been a place for immigrants, students, and others without a fixed home or with little money 🙂 Either way, makes for good eating! I’m told by a friend that there is a store in Alexanderplatz (http://www.pfefferhaus.de/index.php?page=content&coID=22) that sells all manner of chiles and spices!

  3. Berlin restaurants are definitely getting better year to year. We don’t have the culinary scene of new york, paris or london. But we definitely do cheap food well!

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