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Traditional Berlin inns provide German fare at reasonable prices. Expect hearty portions, simple service and variable quality.

Bistro Koch
Reinickendorfer Straße 13, Berlin - Wedding | Tel: 465 37 72, Fax: no fax | U6 Reinickendorfer Straße | Times: 12-23
A dingy, sinister and just plain odd little place and one of the few Polish restaurants in town. You are seriously in danger here of filling up on some fine hearty Polish fare. All your favorites are here - pierogis, bigos, Polish sausages in large inexpensive portions, served in jaded lassitude.

Pali Eck
Palisadenstr. 41, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain | Tel: 426 20 75, Fax: no fax | U5 Weberwiese |
Come here for plates loaded high with the food which gives German cooking a bad name. Specialities of the house include various combinations of meat, salt and starch deep fried and served with green grey pickled beans straight from the jar. To be fair though - most of the locals seem to come to enjoy very reasonably priced beer in the traditional atmosphere of a Berlin pub, and know better than to eat the food.

Dietrich Herz
Martheinekeplatz 15, 10965 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 6 93 11 73, Fax: no fax | U7 Gneisenaustr; Bus 341 |
A simple local tavern next door to the market. Here you can expect huge serves of simple tasty food from around DM10. Sure, the decor is somewhat less than inspired, and the clientele aren't from the hipper side of the Kreuzberg scene, but don't let that stand between you and the cholesterol heaven of a really delicious plate of German cooking.

Heidelberger Krug
Arndtstr. (Chamissoplatz) 15, 10965 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 6 93 78 43, Fax: no fax | U6 Platz der Luftbrücke; Bus 342 |
A friend of mine once said "Chamissoplatz is like Germany in the 80s." If you're interested in tracking down such aging revolutionaries you can't go past the Heidelberger Krug. This country-style inn serves simple German meals at fair prices. Really more a drinking hole than a restaurant, its living room atmosphere incorporates an old piano and a decent hoard of board games with which to while away long winter afternoons. Attracts a large crowd on a Saturday morning when shoppers stop here for a coffee after filling their string bags with organic foodstuffs from the market across the road.

Lüneburger Str. 390, 10557 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 3 94 20 57, Fax: no fax | S Bellevue, Bus 187, 100 | cnr Paul str. | Times: Daily 11-23
In the first S-bahn Bogen (arch) stretching east from Paulstr. through the brand spanking new, unbelievably soulless, government workers´ housing development, is the last place you´d expect to find this glowing outpost of Spätzle fanaticism. Unique in Berlin, amazingly cheap and almost unfinishable portions of practically undigestible Swabisch specialties (for the full effect, go when broke for your only meal of the day). The schnitzel is actually two huge pork schnitzels, deep fried crispy with a large bowl of Spätzle and a pitcher of gravy for 12,80. The Jägerspätzle is a huge plate of Spatzle in a bland mushroom onion wine sauce. This place is fully in the German gastronomic tradition, less about taste than sheer volume, don´t say I didn´t warn you. The north entrance is the Imbiß, the prices in the restaurant on the south side are slightly higher.

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