Best German Food In Orange County

August 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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With such a large European and German population in Orange County, it is not surprising that some of the best German food can be found here. If you enjoy a good German meal, then check out these restaurants, bars and food trucks to get your fix.
Gemütliche Bierstube – The Phoenix Club
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 563-4166

The Gemütliche Bierstube restaurant at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim has been a German club for many years, but is also open to the public. The restaurant is a popular spot for Orange County diners who are looking for German food as its menu features many typical dishes, from appetizers to entrees to pub food. For a great meal, order the Currywurst (sliced bratwurst with curry powder and red curry ketchup), the Kassler Rippchen (smoked pork served with sauerkraut and either German or Polish potatoes) or for a more familiar taste, the Warm Pretzel (traditional Bavarian hand-made, oven-baked pretzel topped with sea salt). Each taste will have you reminiscing about your trip to Oktoberfest.
Jägerhaus German Restaurant
2525 E Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 520-9500

Jägerhaus serves true authentic German cuisine, according to the owner Sandra Schwaiger. It has a very convenient location close to major tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. The extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu includes many German dishes, among them being Bratwurst, Polish Sausage or Knackwurst Dinners. If these dinners don’t seem appealing, order the Szegediner Goulash which comes with cubes of lean pork, sauerkraut, onions and sour cream. Jägerhaus also serves sandwiches with options like pastrami, polish sausage and corned beef.

Old World German Restaurant
7561 Center Ave, Suite 49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 895-8020

The Old World German Restaurant located in Old World, Huntington Beach has been serving authentic German food for over 20 years. Not only can diners get many different types of German sausages – Bratwurst, Nurnberger and Polish sausages among others – the menu also includes many German dishes like Sauerbraten that comes with a pot roast of beef marinated in wine alongside German potato pancakes, apple sauce and red cabbage. In the Old World Village, there is also a German grocery store and a bakery where you can find German Apple Strudel and Black Forest Cake. Furthermore, this spot hosts one of the best Oktoberfest parties every year.

Brats Berlin
Various locations throughout Orange County
(714) 595-9995

Brats Berlin is a gourmet German Bratwurst truck serving Orange County and Los Angeles. It features modern art on the exterior of the truck which was done by local artists. The menu has some exotic sausages like Smoked Alligator Andouille, Wild Boar and Bison Bratwurst, Rattlesnake and Pheasant and Kangaroo Cajun. However, you can enjoy more traditional German fare as well with traditional bratwursts and classic toppings of sauerkraut, grilled onions and yellow and red peppers. Find out where the truck will be making stops by following its schedule.

7561 Center Ave, Suite 48
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 894-6612

This is a German bar located in Old World, Huntington Beach that provides great music, food and drinks. The menu includes classics like Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Nurnberger all served with potato salad and sauerkraut at around $9. Diners can also choose more unique offerings like the Leberkase (veal loaf with a fried egg on top) or the Schnitzel (breaded pork cutlets). Sauerkraut can be added to everything, then top the meal off with some draft beers. Hofbrau Dunkel (amber ale) or Spaten and Bitberger Pils are just a few of the brews you will find on tap.

Mona Graham is a freelance writer, writing for Mona has lived in Orange County since 1958 and has a great familiarity with the area. Her hobbies are travelling, writing and photography. Her work can be found at

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