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28 September 2011

Zum Stammtisch

GERMANY

Along a nondescript block of Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, Queens is charming Zum Stammtisch, a Bavarian restaurant that does all the usual Bavarian trademarks. It also has a nice meat shop connected to it which also sells a variety of German dried goods, snacks, cheeses, and beer.

The restaurant is filled with common stereotypical items and kitsch, but the food is worth going for anyways. The lederhosen-clad waitresses are very friendly, as is the general atmosphere.


Every table will be served a large warm roll of wonderful bread, which is hard not to devour but should probably be saved for dipping into sauces. It is also a good idea to have sides with your meal, so if your order does not include them, think about ordering some potato salad and red cabbage (below)


It is listed as a special for Tuesdays, but the goulash with spaetzle ($17.95, below) can probably be ordered everyday. The goulash uses good meat, but the sauce is slightly too sweet for my taste, but this can be diluted by using the delicious spaetzle.


There is a small amount of grated cheese over the noodles, which is lightly burned when placed in the oven. This crispiness is perfect, as is the texture of the noodle itself. It's one of the best versions I have ever eaten.


All the dishes here are the size of small mountains, so if you are looking for something smaller it might pay to look at the sandwich portion of the menu, which includes the interesting bratburger ($10.95, below). The brat here is actually a patty, and served with ham and cheese on an English muffin. The dish comes with a side of potato salad and a small amount of curry ketchup which is well-advised to use.


The sweet ladies will come around and offer you dessert and expect you to order some, but as I was about to pop, the thought of more food was just not happening. Mugs and boots of beer are served aplenty here though, so drink long enough and you never know when hunger will strike again.

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