Cafe Mozart

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12528583_10153964325688011_1648806530_oCafe Mozart is a German  market, deli, bakery, coffee shop, bar and restaurant located at 1331 H St NW. It has been said that Austria’s two biggest accomplishments have been:

  1. Convincing the world that Beethoven was Austrian.
  2. Convincing the world that Hitler was German.

Cafe Mozart attempts to undo some of this by implicitly calling Mozart German. Cafe Mozart 12767919_10153964325718011_1761096704_ois a true DC institution that has been in business since 1981. It is kind of bizarrely laid out. When you walk in, immediately to your left there is an assortment of German non-food items for sale. To your right is a small cafe section with Viennese coffee and delicious-looking pastries (like . Straight ahead is the deli section, which serves such items as schnitzel, sausages, sausage sandwiches, kosher pickles and knishes. I took a peek at the restaurant in the back which has warm, old-fashioned decor and

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My delicious sausage sandwich.

a menu that is significantly pricier than the deli menu. As I was there on my lunch hour (and I’m not exactly drowning in money) I opted for a sausage sandwich with sauerkraut and mustard (very tasty) and a plain knish. The knish was disappointing and lacked the savory flavor that as a culturally-Jewish New Yorker I expect from a knish; it was dry and bland. This place still earns four stars, though, for its tasty sausages and for being a quirky place with character downtown that’s one of the only spots where you can find a huge variety of authentic German

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The less-than-optimal knish.

items in DC.

 

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