German food is about as fun to eat as it is to pronounce, but it’s sometimes hard to find in the Valley. Aside from giant pretzels and amazing beer joints across metro Phoenix, killer schnitzel, roulade, and käsespätzle dishes can be few and far between.
But hope is not lost for Valley residents seeking house-made hackbraten. Get ready to crack a bier and hear some oompah music, as metro Phoenix is home to these nine German restaurants and markets from Historic Downtown Glendale to Old Town Scottsdale, the north Valley, Arcadia, and deep Mesa. Prost!
Bavarian Point Restaurant
4815 East Main Street, #32, Mesa
It’s hard to gage what to expect at Bavarian Point Restaurant until you get there. Found in an unassuming shopping center in Mesa, the restaurant itself is a cozy rendition of a German dining room complete with servers in traditional Bavarian clothing. The menu includes appetizers like skewered bratwurst and wurst salad, followed by dishes like beer-battered shrimp, Wurst Peanne, Wienerschnitzel with German fries, Zwiebelrostbraten, Rindsroulade, and more fun stuff. And for dessert? How about Palatschinken?
745 West Baseline Road, Mesa
This well-known lunch and dinner spot has a couple off German delicacies on their menus. Come in for lunch to try the Beaver Choice signature dish, the Schnitzel Cordon Bleu, as well as the holsteiner, hunter, and regular schnitzel. For dinner, they step it up to include the Viking Schnitzel and the Schnitzel Parmigiana – topped with cherry tomato sauce, basil and Muenster cheese. You can also pair that with some German-brand beers like Leibinger, Colbitzer, and Warsteiner.
3622 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
If it’s a beer garden you want, it’s a beer garden you’ll get at Brat Haus. This Old Town Scottsdale spot has 28 craft beers on tap, which you can try on their dog-friendly, open-air patio also featuring bag toss, ping pong, darts and life-size Jenga. The menu gets inventive with options like Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese fondue, Brat Flights, Jalapeño Cheddarwurst, and the Summer Pork Schnitzel.
2625 East Bell Road
Also known as Edelweiss at Wagon Yard, sort of, Edelweiss Biergarten is spotted by their super-conspicuous sign along Bell Road in the north Valley. This new, Old World restaurant specializes in Hungarian and German cuisine, pushing out dishes like knockwurst with potatoes, wienerschnitzel, and appetizers like Opa's Favorite – complete with wedges of German Gouda with house-made cranberry sauce. They've also got a giant pretzel with beer cheese sauce, and one of the largest selections of German beer in town.
German Sausage Co.
4900 East Indian School Road
Connected to the O.H.S.O. Arcadia location, German Sausage Co. has been around since 1982, and it’s probably not going anywhere. Visiting this cash-only deli is like hitting the motherload of German meats – plus bread and other groceries. German Sausage Co. products include salted smoked meats like bauernschinken, old fashioned sandwich meats like zungenwurst, liver sausages like feine leberwurst, sausage links like knackwurst, smoked meats like schwarzwaelder, cold cuts like bierwurst, and landjaeger for your smoked sausage fix.
5739 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale
One of the best-known German restaurants in town, the as-seen-on-TV Haus Murphy's was opened in 1996 by the still-current owners Brett and Rose Hoffman. They love to live up to the schnitzel, pretzel, and bier expectations, and menu items range from Sauerkraut Puffs to Jäger Schnitzel to Oma’s Hackbraten. Located in Historic Downtown Glendale, Haus Murphy's is marked by the giant pretzel at the entrance and has a stunning beer garden, so you can enjoy your 16-ounce Warsteiner Dunkel outside.
Old Heidelberg Bakery
2210 East Indian School Road
This family-owned European bakery was established in 1969, and visiting the small yet packed grocery store and bakery is well worth it. Enter Old Heidelberg Bakery and be greeted by a bakery counter, where you can order fresh pretzel bread, fruit strudels, Kaiser rolls, and more. Beyond is the market, offering German sausages, marmalades, biscuits, noodles, gifts, and many more treats.
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Soup & Sausage Bistro
13240 North Seventh Street
You might have to pick and choose your favorite German dishes off the Soup & Sausage Bistro, but they’re there. The 2017-established lunch and dinner spot offers eastern European soups, sandwiches, and traditional dishes. German-specific menu items include fresh bratwrust sausage featured in a number of plates and combos or by itself, or paired with stewed sauerkraut and other treats.
Zur Kate German Restaurant
4815 East Main Street, #16, Mesa
Relocating from Hamburg, Germany to Mesa in 1983, Zur Kate German Restaurant is a Bavarian-themed eatery with the right amount of kitsch and modern amenities. The menu is packed with sausages, schnitzels, and specials, plus German beer, liquor, and wine. Entrees include Zwiebel Rippchen, Sauerbraten, and Cornish game hen, all accompanied by rye bread, choice of red cabbage or sauerkraut, and spaetzle, dumplings or German potato salad.