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.
The Phoenix Club
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
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.
2525 E Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92806
Jägerhaus serves true authentic German cuisine in the heart of Anaheim. With a convenient location close to major tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Angel Stadium and the Honda Center, it’s a popular restaurant for those visiting the most popular locations in Anaheim. The restaurant offers an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, which includes many popular German dishes like Bratwurst, Polish sausages or Knackwurst dinners. If these dinners don’t seem appealing, make sure to order the Szegediner Goulash which comes with lean pork, sauerkraut, onions and sour cream. Jägerhaus also serves great sandwiches with options like pastrami, polish sausage and corned beef.
Old World German Restaurant
7561 Center Ave, Suite 49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Located in Old World, Huntington Beach, The Old World German Restaurant has been serving authentic German food for over 25 years. Not only can diners get many different types of German sausages like Bratwurst, Nurnberger and Polish sausages among others, but 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.
31952 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cafe Mozart’s german owner & chef, Hans Loschl looked for a restaurant to call his own for several years before he found this San Juan Capistrano location in 2003. With years of training, Chef Hans Loschl brings years of experience to the dishes he creates for patrons. The menu features many terrific German inspired dishes like Sauerbraten, and a great Wiener Schnitzel, which is a lightly breaded and sautéed veal filet, with lemon, anchovy and caper garnish. Other specialties here include a Jaeger Schnitzel, or a thinly sliced pork tenderloin with sautéed wild mushroom sauce.
1510 W Imperial Hwy
La Habra, CA 90631
La Habra’s Continental Deli may sound like a traditional deli, but it’s anything but. In fact, this deli offers authentic German dishes and food galore. A favorite is the bratwurst, which comes with warm sauerkraut. Other stand out items include stuffed cabbage, schnitzel with fried potatoes, as well as a veal loaf with eggs on top (Leberkase).
Mona Graham is a freelance writer, writing for Examiner.com. 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 Examiner.com.