Originally posted by AndreaB
I've been to Germany several times as my mother is German, and I love the spaetzle, all the schnitzels (especially the Jaegerschnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln und Rotkraut) , the rouladen, the salads, all the sausages, and well just about all of it. They also tend to have very good Pommes Frites (french fries) there! Happy dining!
Great suggestions Andrea. I love schnitzel and rouladen; and spatzle (and knodel) too.
A few general recommendations? ...
Leave your diet behind. Travelling is not the time to worry about calories. Eat, drink and be merry.
Frequently ask the locals what to eat to remember their town the best.
Keep an eye open for a restaurant in a "Gasthof" (a type of modest hotel) as they are likely to have local German food in it's more typical "rustic" surroundings. Restaurants you might see with a similar name are a "Gasthaus", "Gastube" and "Gastwirtschaft". (note that "Gaststatten" is a general term for restaurants)
Also, the local pubs (a "Lokal" or a "Kneipe") might have good local food.
There are so many great sausages it's hard to know which to try. One thing you might do is try to sample the sausages that specific areas are known for ... Thuringian Rostbratwurste ... Frankfurter Wurstchen, Bavarian Weisswurste ... get em where they are the specialty (get the weisswurste before midday on the day they're made if possible)
You didn't say *when* you are going ... that has a bit to do with what you eat. If it is later this year around September try to hit the 570 year old Wurstmarkt festival in Dürkheim ... now *that* is a sausage event.
If you are going soon ... Munich has a spring festival (fruhlingsfest) April 21 to May 7 this year. May also has a bunch of Asparagus festivals going on.
It's definitely worth figuring out what events are going on as a clue to what will be on the menu.
(BTW: Expect to also have a chance to try a Turkish Restaurant or two as well. )