By Matthew Yglesias
Long time no post. I’ve been in Germany. Tyler Cowen likes to say that all food is ethnic food, so one should note that the primary ethnic food of Germany is, of course, German food. For example, this pork ‘n potatoes thing:
That was pretty good, but after a few days the German diet of quite literally nothing but meat and potatoes gets pretty tiresome. Consequently, Germans have started turning to the outside world for culinary ideas. Unfortunately, some of the results—like currywurst—are totally gross.
You also see some odd concepts like this Croatian restaurant in Freiberg:
I tried a German take on Thai food that was pretty tasty (crispy duck with fried noodles):
This place claimed to offer the freshest sushi in all of Potsdam, but having experienced the self-proclaimed freshest sushi in Albuquerque I chose to stay away from a place making such a modest claim on its own behalf:
All that said, Germany’s greatest contribution to the culinary world continues to be the pseudo-Turkish concept of doner kebab which is more widely available and more delicious in its German homeland than anyplace else I’ve ever been. I also visited an excellent actual Turkish restaurant in Berlin. Residents of the Washington, DC area may also be familiar with Vapiano, a German-owned chain of fake Italian restaurants that’s a pretty solid entry in the casual dining field. I don’t think these exist anywhere else in the USA, but they’re quite common in Germany.