Best German food

Chicago's rich German heritage is on display via bratwursts, German beer and more at the city's best spots for German food

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    Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Chicago Brauhaus

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    Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Glunz Bavarian Haus

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    Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Laschet's Inn

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    Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Mirabell

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    Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Resi's Bierstube

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Best restaurants for bratwurst and other German food in Chicago: Chicago Brauhaus

Bratwurst and German beer. Chicago offers a variety of spots to get that Teutonic fix at times other than Oktoberfest. Many places, like the Chicago Brauhaus and the Dank Haus, even feature awesome beer gardens and live German music so you can really get a cultural taste of Germany. For traditional German food, which is becoming more popular with Chicago foodies, check out our picks for the best German restaurants in the city.


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Chicago Brauhaus

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This bastion of oompah fun, baron-sized beers and heaping platters of carb-tastic classics brings together locals and tourists alike. The lederhosen-clad Brauhaus Trio performs nightly, packing the raucous dining hall with duos who dance zwiefacher-style (think polka with quick turns). Grab a stool at the bar, where the banter is better, the service is quicker and the time between you and your next hefeweizen much shorter.

  1. 4732 N Lincoln Ave, (between Leland and Lawrence Aves)
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Glunz Bavarian Haus

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The cute, German-accented waitresses at this schnitzel house are happy to make ale and lager recommendations between doling out soft pretzels with mustard and platters of sausages, cheese, pickles and olives. Stick-to-your-ribs dishes include tender sauerbraten (red wine–braised beef) served with cheesy spaetzle dotted with marjoram and onions. Before you roll out the door, try the housemade Sacher torte or apple strudel.

  1. 4128 N Lincoln Ave, (at Warner Ave)
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Laschet’s Inn

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Wander in off the street and you might think this gem is little more than a charming German pub. It is—and has been since ’71—but since ’91 it’s also been one of the best spots in town for rouladen, thin beef rolled with bacon, onions and pickles. The German comfort food staple is served with rich brown gravy, sweet braised cabbage and perfect, fluffy spaetzle dumplings. Try other authentic offerings like hackepeter (rich, fresh steak tartare on rye with capers and onions) and Wiener schnitzel (pounded-thin veal breaded and fried crispy). The gratis fruit schnapps is a perfect ending to the meal.

  1. 2119 W Irving Park Rd, (between Hoyne and Hamilton Aves)
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Mirabell

  • Price band: 2/4

The cozy side room and larger dinner hall are the kind of authentic setups you usually associate with tourist brochures. But there’s nothing contrived about the food. A carnivore’s delight, the menu features tremendous sauerbraten, an outstanding sausage sampler and some of the best goulash in the English-speaking world. Mirabell may be best known for its bar—featuring a staggering array of heady German beers—but the restaurant shouldn’t be overlooked.

  1. 3454 W Addison St, (between Bernard St and St. Louis Ave)
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Resi’s Bierstube

  • Price band: 2/4

From the shingled roof to the oompah music, this North Side fave is the place to get your Teutonic eat on. Many trundle in for the extensive collection of German beer, but the food is sehr gut, too. The butter-soft smoked Thuringer sausage has a great mellow taste, while the Sheboygan brat makes a delicious mess with mustard and a heaping pile of sauerkraut. Try the hearty rahmschnitzel, a breaded pork loin swimming in mushroom gravy.

  1. 2034 W Irving Park Rd, (between Seeley and Hoyne Aves)
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