Jerry and I had some great Bavarian food while in Munich. It was rich and hearty– great if you love meat. While we ate a lot of fast food in Berlin, we found some nice traditional restaurants to eat at in Munich.
In a nutshell, traditional Bavarian cuisine seems to consist of a chunk of meat (usually with gravy sauce), potato or bread dumplings, with sauerkraut or cabbage salad. Here are some visuals to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about:
Overall, we found Bavarian food to be hearty and filling, but not something we’d like to eat on a regular basis. It seems like it’d be especially challenging for vegetarians to find good varied dishes, but then again we didn’t really explore vegetarian options. Personally, I didn’t care for the bread dumplings. The potato cakes weren’t bad, but I would much rather have rice. I really missed rice.
Now that you’ve seen what typical Bavarian food is like, here are a few traditional restaurants in Munich where you can try this food:
Note: Restaurants in Germany often don’t take credit card so make sure you have plenty of cash with you. This was the case in Berlin, Munich, and Vienna in Austria (German-speaking country). We didn’t have problems using credit card in Barcelona, Prague, or Budapest though.
You also tip differently in Germany. In America, we’re used to paying the bill with the exact amount and leaving the tip on the table. This is not how it’s done in Germany. Waiters will come by with your bill and a black wallet of change. You’ll then tell the waiter how much change you want back or how much you want to pay total, factoring in the tip. This method of tipping takes getting used to if you’re accustomed to just leaving tip on the table before leaving.
Do you like Bavarian food? Have you tried these restaurants? What are your favorite dishes or places to eat at?