Best of Denver

Five best restaurants for a schnitzel fix

With seventeen years and three homes under its belt, Café Berlin (which I review this week) has become synonymous with German food in Denver (the jagerschnitzel is particularly noteworthy). But this restaurant is not the only place in town serving spaetzle and sauerkraut.

Here are several more options for getting your schnitzel fix (listed in no particular order).

See also: - Slide Show: A closer look at Cafe Berlin - Review: Cafe Berlin is in need of a Restaurant: Impossible intervention - Best German Restaurant 2012: Karl's FF Delicatessen - Strudelfest at Rheinlander Bakery: Go for the Dough

4. Golden Europe (6620 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada) At Golden Europe, you might feel like you're on a whirlwind bus tour of Central Europe, with three large platters -- the German plate, Austrian plate and Czech plate -- showcasing the greatest culinary hits from each country. Look for wiener schnitzel, roast duck and veal bratwurst on the German plate, along with German potato salad and sauerkraut. If it's spaetzle and red cabbage that you're after, try the Austrian plate, which features identical proteins, minus the duck.3. Karl's FF Delicatessen (6878 South Yosemite Street, Centennial) Our Best German Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2012, Karl's won not just with its delightful food, but its free Paulaner refills. Alas, the free refills are no more. Still, the food is as good as ever, with specials such as wiener schnitzel with potato salad and red cabbage and Bavarian pork roast with potato dumplings. And don't despair, the deli -- which is only open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday -- now offers a BOGO happy-hour weekdays from 3-5 p.m.2. Helga's German Restaurant & Deli (14197 East Exposition Avenue, Aurora) If you really have a hankering for German food -- and I mean, really - head to Helga's German Restaurant & Deli in Aurora, where you can win dinner for four by finishing a four-course meal plus a drink. Sound easy? It's not, considering that the entrée has to be the Rheinland Platter, with two kinds of schnitzel, bratwurst and two sides such as spaetzle and sauerkraut, not to mention an appetizer, soup or salad, torte for dessert and two liters of beer. The menu looks daunting -- German food isn't exactly light, after all -- but one or two brave souls usually manage to polish it off every month.1. Chinook Tavern (6380 South Fiddler's Green, Englewood)

If all that fried veal sounds like just too much, there's always Chinook Tavern. Here, in addition to a mean jaeger schnitzel with wild mushroom cream sauce and classic wiener schnitzel, you'll find entrees not likely to appear at more traditional spots (think quinoa with roasted vegetable piperade and duck confit pizza). If you can't tell what kind of food mood you're in, order a liter of Paulaner Pilsner, a steal at $14, and kick back while you decide.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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