Sauf Haus is a German-themed bar and beer garden located at 1216 18th Street NW that is known for its oversized German beers and massive pretzels. This makes a great spot for an after-work happy hour where you can listen to their kitschy music playlist while enjoying a liter jug of hefeweizen. You can also munch on their massive pretzels. My friends preferred to order two one-pound pretzels, which were huge as it is, but they also offer two-pound pretzels. If this place weren’t so German, I’d almost call it the Texas of bars- everything is big.
Döner Bistro is a German cafe and bar located at 1654 Columbia Rd NW boasting both Turkish döner kababs, casual German fare like schnitzels and sausages, and a solid German beer selection. Döner kababs, which are a pita sandwich similar to a shawarma or a gyro, are originally from Turkey but have become widely popular in Europe, especially in Germany where there has been a lot of immigration from Turkey. Their döner sandwich is pretty good, though it was a bit too heavy on the sauce for my taste. The atmosphere is cool and the decor makes you feel as though you are in a small eatery in Germany (the vibe is somewhat similar to Amsterdam Falafel in that regard, except for the fact that they have beer.
Cafe 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:
- Convincing the world that Beethoven was Austrian.
- Convincing the world that Hitler was German.
Cafe Mozart attempts to undo some of this by implicitly calling Mozart German. Cafe Mozart is 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
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
The less-than-optimal knish.
items in DC.