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Berlin's seven greatest schnitzels

Published On 09/10/2013 Published On 09/10/2013

Sure, Berliners like to eat the plate-sized breaded-and-fried veal that is schnitzel every chance they can get. Most come fried super-crisp, with a wedge of lemon and a side of potato salad, but occasionally a resto will push the boat way out and create something that makes other schnitzels look just plain flat. Here are Berlin's seven best upgraded cutlets:

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1. Restauration 1900
For the ultimate in weird, try the true Berliner schnitzel made from a cow udder. You read that right: this Old World classic is roasted cow‚Äôs mammary glands. Not many places serve up the delicacy these days, but this Prenzlauer Berg restaurant plates it with a warm glass of milk cabbage salad in raspberry-mustard marinade. For a slightly less-daring entr√©e, they‚Äôve also got Schnitzel √† la Holstein ‚Äď- named for an old German diplomat -‚Äď topped with a fried egg, salmon tartar, and trout caviar.

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2. Schnitzelkönig
It makes sense that a place whose name translates to ‚ÄúSchnitzel King‚ÄĚ would have some royally good cutlets, and Schnitzelkonig delivers. Not only does their fried meat come in XXL size, but this place does some pretty interesting variations on the classic, incl. a Hawaiian-style number w/ pineapple & cheese, as well as the schnitzel-stuffed omelet above.

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3. Berliner Marcus Bräu
This Mitte beer hall offers an around-the-world taste of schnitzel, incl. the London, topped with creamed 'shrooms; the Budapest, covered in a tomato-ratatouille mix; and the classic Wiener, gloriously topped with a fried egg.

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4. Schweinske
This place's name literally translates to "pig out", and these dudes live up to it with a schnitzel calzone stuffed w/ cheese, onions, bacon, and pepperoncini, as well as a pork-packed, chorizo-filled number. There are also 32 locations throughout Germany, in case your porky cravings come calling elsewhere.

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5. DDR-Restaurant Domklause
These dudes make East German schnitzel... that's right. Since meat of pretty much every kind was scarce during Berlin’s walled period, those on the commie side created the German classic Jägerschnitzel, which sadly is not made with gross-tasting herbal liqueur, but Jagdwurst: a spiced pork sausage kind of like bologna, served on top of pasta with tomato sauce.

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6. Restaurant Matzbach
Wednesday is schnitzel day at Matzbach, the restaurant inside Kreuzberg’s Marheineke Markthalle. Try it Gypsy-style w/ hot sauce, or order the Hunter, which comes loaded w/ mushrooms.

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7. Restaurant Schnitzelei
When a place has schnitzel in its name, you can be pretty sure they're not selling sock puppets -- they've got beef, pork, veal, and turkey cutlets, not to mention this Gesottenes cow schnitzel covered in a mustard crust.

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1. Restauration 1900 Husemannstraße 1, Berlin, 10435‎ (Prenzlauerberg)

This Prenzlauerberg eatery doles out a variety of German specialities, but you'd be remiss to skip their schnitzel dishes, which come in a number of styles, including a traditional cow's udder variation.

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2. Schnitzelkönig Greifswalder Str. 50, Berlin, 10405 (Prenzlauerberg)

If you're in the mood to eat, like, a lot of schnitzel, these folks have you covered, serving up giant size portions of the stuff. They also specialize in some unique variations of it, like schnitzel omelets and Hawaiian-style.

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3. Marcus Br√§u M√ľnzstr. 1-3, Berlin, 10178 (Mitte)

Not only can you get a myriad of delicious brews at this beer hall, but you can also order some tasty German fare, with the epitome being their classic schnitzels.

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4. Schweinske Ernst Reuter Platz 3-5, Berlin, 10587 (Charlottenberg)

You know these restos are fan favorites when there are 32 of them across Germany, all of 'em serving a variety of delicious foods, like a schnitzel calzone with fries and a chorizo-stuffed schnitzel.

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5. DDR-Restaurant Domklause Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1, Berlin, 10178 (Mitte)

If you're looking for some East German spins on your schnitzel, check out the DDR resto, which prepares one version of it with pork sausage and is served on pasta with red sauce.

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6. Matzbach Marheineke Platz, Berlin, (Kreuzberg)

Located inside Kreuzberg’s Marheineke Markthalle, Matzbach has declared that Wednesday is schnitzel day, plating the stuff with a collection of mushrooms or classic style.

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7. Schnitzelei Röntgenstr. 7, Berlin, 10587 (Charlottenberg)

This Berlin resto and wine bar is so devoted to schnitzel, it's name is basically "schnitzel", plus it serves the dish in a variety of styles including vegetarian, beef, veal, turkey, and pork.



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