Oktoberfest may be right around the corner, but you don’t have to wait for the annual event to dig in to some great German food in Las Vegas. Even though one of the city’s oldest German restaurants, Café Heidelberg, closed its doors in June, several new German restaurants have recently moved into town, serving some of the best bratwursts and pretzels this side of Berlin. Coupled with one of the most popular German restaurants in the world, guests can enjoy a taste of Bavaria all year long.
9400 S. Eastern Ave. #106A
Henderson, NV 89123
Enjoy a “true taste of the old country” at this gourmet food stop serving popular German fast food. Although The Hasselhoff always gets a chuckle—an oversized bratwurst wrapped in a small, crispy bun—it’s The Knockout that’s truly a guest favorite: a large, all-beef knockwurst encased in a crispy German roll and dressed to order. Other tempting selections include the Odd Man Out—a traditional pork cutlet served on a warm bun with a kiss of lemon, parsley and a unique cucumber salad—and The Boozer: a flavorful beer brat wrapped in a pretzel roll.
4850 W. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Serving authentic, homemade German cuisine, guests can order all their favorites at this mouth-watering restaurant, from schnitzel to sausage. Must-tries include the Bier Brat Sandwich—a grilled bier brat topped with beer-glazed onions and seared smoked bacon, all served on a baguette with mustard—and the Curry Wurst, a grilled bratwurst topped with Café Berlin’s signature curry-tomato sauce and served with French fries. Whatever you decide on, be sure to order a fresh-baked pretzel for the table and don’t forget to save room for dessert; the homemade strudel is amazing.
5117 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
What was formerly the site of a Del Taco has surprisingly become one of the west side’s most talked about new fast-food restaurants. Featuring a selection of juicy burgers and brats, Dita’s is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to serving some of the tastiest German sausages in town (try the curry wurst), the fast food joint has free Wi-Fi guests can use, making it a great spot for a quick—and affordable—business lunch or dinner.
German Bread Bakery Las Vegas
2237 N. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
The French aren’t the only ones known for their delicious bread. Offering a selection of fresh-baked breads and rolls made daily from old German recipes, German Bread Bakery is proof that not everything that tastes good is bad for you. Known for its healthy ingredients, German Bread Bakery uses no artificial dyes, flavorings or preservatives in its products. Even people with gluten allergies can enjoy some of its creations, as the whole-grain schwarzbrot bread doesn’t include any gluten. Other scrumptious selections include the miche bread, pretzel rolls and cherry strudel. For those in Henderson, German Bread Bakery recently opened a second location on South Eastern Avenue, so you don’t have to travel far for some fresh-baked German delicacies in the morning.
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Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
4510 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
The next best thing to booking a trip to Bavaria, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first and only German beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. An exact replica of the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, guests can enjoy live entertainment nightly while drinking steins of beer that have been imported directly from Germany. In fact, Hofbräuhaus’ classic Bavarian brews are made from original recipes handed down by the Duke of Bavaria himself. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can indulge in a selection of Bavarian snacks like the Münchner Wurstsalat—Munich’s famous sausage salad marinated in vinegar and oil with onions, sliced Swiss cheese and rye bread and butter—or try one of several classic Bavarian sausage specialties like the veal bratwurst or chicken bratwurst. Feeling really hungry? Then try the hearty Bierkutscher Steak—a delicately seasoned 10-ounce strip loin grilled to perfection, served with roasted onions and mashed potatoes.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.