Classic German Food Becomes The Latest Trend in LA

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Los Angeles is known for being a trendsetting town, and while the residents may be known to go for more healthy or organic options, German food has become a surprising hit among foodies.  German restaurants are cropping up all throughout LA bringing fast food stand stands and Biergartens, both popular finds in any town in Germany.

When walking down Sunset Boulevard, you’ll find yourself feeling like you’ve traveled to urban Berlin where the Wurstküche is filled with a younger crowd listening to the latest German music while enjoying a bratwurst and cold beer.  The owner,  Joseph Pitruzelli, stated that he “never expected to spark such a boom” and due to the overwhelming popularity, Wurstküche has been forced to operating as a reservation-only restaurant and has also opened up a second location in Venice Beach.

What makes many of these new German restaurants throughout Los Angeles unique are their choices to abandon the typical cuckoo clock and beer stein lined walls for an atmosphere that more resembles modern Germany with new music and minimalistic decor and modern art.  Stefan Kloo, who works at the Goethe Institut in LA, explained why he believes there is this sudden interest in German food by stating that “In L.A., it’s always about having what you couldn’t have before. The trend of currywurst and a cold beer on the table is something new. Americans are very open to new things”

Have you made it out to any of the many German food stops in Los Angeles?  Share your experience with us by leaving a comment.


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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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