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November 14, 2010

New German restaurant opens in Little Italy

A new German restaurant and pastry shop opened this weekend in the Little Italy restaurant space on the corner of High Street and Eastern Avenuehuhner. Most recently Tapabar was here. The Diner, as it's called, will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Owl Meat Gravy dropped in and said that "two Awesome German ladies gave me some cake to take home..."

Those women are Christa Seiler and Claudia Phillips, who have been running their own catering operation named German Food Express. The owner of The Diner, according to Susan Loudermilk's In Good Taste blog, is Walter Webb.

Owl Meat Gravy found out that The Diner will be running different German lunch specials every day. Monday, for instance, is Huehner Geschnetzeltes. 

Huehner is chicken, right? And, Geschneteltes, Googling tells me, refers to a particular cut or chop of the meat. Or as Owl Meat says, "who cares; it ain't pasta?".

The phone number is 410-528-1391

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 11:38 AM | | Comments (16)


My menu says it's chicken stew.

It feels like a great place for the winter. Just saying German food names is hearty. Thursday's special is sauerbraten, blaukraut und semmelknoedel. (Sour beef with red cabbage and dumplings). Friday: organic beef stew.

I just saw a vegan walk by and his head exploded.

And every day is Curry Wurst day. Intrigued. I'm just so happy that there is something there that doesn't have marinara.

The regular menu is interesting. It has a bunch of Southern things like Carolina pulled pork BBQ. Then there is something called Upside Down Pineapple Pancakes. Color me superehrfürchtiges.

I'm not a dessert person, but the cake I had yesterday was incredible. So much better than the wretched stale artificial overpriced overrated blurgy stuff at Vaccaro's. There was another one with whipped cream, chocolate and lady fingers soaked in Cointreau that I might actually kill for.

I'm thinking of seceding from Little Italy. Within a half block of my house is this place, India Rasoi, and Max's Empanadas - Little Notaly.

Sehr gut. Das ist gutes Essen.

The last time the Italians joined up with the Germans it didn't work out well.

Now, putting aside the unpleasantries of the 40's, I'm actually pretty excited about having some more German options in Baltimore. I've always been surprised that with so many Baltimoreans having German roots (myself included) that the German restaurant options are so limited.

We used to live in Zürich, where the signature dish was "Geschnetzeltes nach Zürcher Art" (or, in the local dialect, "Züri-Gschnätzlets") It was made from veal, cut into thin strips, rather like beef for stroganoff. My Swiss cookbook says to use "600 g. Kalbsfilet, von Hand in feine Streifen geschnitten."

Since we no longer eat veal, making this with chicken sounds ausgezeichnet!

I think Owl Meat pretty much hit on the head. Its great to see some more varitey in the area. Plus, The Diner is open for breakfast and their menu lists lots of good, solid meat and egg breakfasts. I haven't eaten there yet, but will report back when I do.

I'm all for new restaurants, but I can't be the only one who things German food is boooooriiiiing.

Sam, German food can be quite excellent--it's not all meat and Kartoffeln.

I knew I saw a restaurant sign for a Diner somewhere, but for the life of me, I could not remember where. Good to know where it is and it sounds great. We could use another good breakfast place, at the very least. Tried to go to Miss Shirley's last week and someone gave us their parking ticket, which we would have used had he not told us the wait at Miss Shirley's was over an hour.

Sam Sessa trägt Dameunterwäsche. Sessa, Kaffee ist für Verkäufer, die Sachen verkaufen! SESSA!!!!!!!

Mary Roby, we had a similar experience the last time a group of us wanted to meet at Miss Shirley's for brunch. As Yogi Berra said, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded. "

Nice to see some German activity on the Eastern front. Eastern Avenue, that is.

@ Sam

No, you're not the only one. However, please don't equate "boring" with bad.

I was stationed outside of Fulda for 30 months, and tried to eat out as much as possible while there Had some good meals, no doubt, but much of the time we ended ordering the schnitzel (partial to the paprika and jagerschnitzel myself), chicken or some sort of wurst, invariably with an order of pommes frites on the side.

Shrug... most of what we had was pretty good, portions were good size, and prices tended to be pretty reasonable, but yeah... I think boring would be an apt description of our reaction to the food there after a while.

@John M. -- Sounds about right, based on my limited experience eating German-American food. I dig the beer, though. Just not the endless sausages, potatoes and cabbage. I'd rather have Italian food, or Indian food, or really any other subgenre of food that starts with the letter "i".

I was perusing Susan Loudermilk's blog post and saw this: "made-in-house pastries". Made-in-house? How feeble is the English language that we can't come up with a suitable word for homemade? Housemade didn't work, I guess. It's a mark of how cynical we are that homemade has no meaning anymore.

A quick look at reveals:
Breyers All Natural Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream
Napa Valley Bistro Homemade Style Basil Pesto

That second one has six too many words.

Selbst gemacht? Ja. Lügner, Lügner, Hosen auf Feuer.

People of Earth, I implore you; let us return to the sanity of "homemade". Unless there are sightings of blazing pantaloons, homemade means what it means. Made-in-house has no jarpness. I do appreciate the Germanish lumping together words to make a new one, but that borders on grammar porn.

Yeah, I just wrote grammar porn. I can't watch the news because the local vidiots on Live Team Action Eye News Force say things like "weather-wise we're in for a warm one". You break my heart, Tony Pann (seriously, I wonder what that guy's family name was originally? I'm guessing something super-ethnic and Slavic. Ideally it would have been Pannfried. Oh, I think I'm going to break protocol and try some pineapple upside down pancakes at Das Diner now.)

Yes, German food would be boring on a regular basis, but so are many others. In a 3 by 3 block area with 20 Italian restaurants, Das Diner may be the fat girl at the dance, but I'm ready to see some of her moves.

The metaphor police are coming; gotta split.

A little thought experiment – what are my favorite types of food (in order)?

a) Valencian
b) Barcelonan
c) Gallegan
d) Madrilleno
Laotian (only one in the country that I know of)
Greek (basically Turkish, but don't tell a Greek that.)
South American
Middle Eastern

Oops. That list looks kind of douchey. Sorry for the indulgence

By the way I found out that the phone number should be 410-528-1392

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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