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Schnitzel is a thin, tender meat dish with a deep fried, golden flour and breadcrumb crust. It can be made with a variety of meats – chicken, pork, beef or turkey, but in Bavaria and throughout Germany it is almost always made with pork. The exception to this is in the case of Wiener schnitzel, which translates to “Viennese schnitzel” and should be made exclusively with veal. Schnitzel is found in restaurants across Germany and is typically served with a wedge of fresh lemon and a starchy side like french fries, mashed potato, spaetzle or potato salad. Schnitzel’s simplicity makes it a popular dish in German home cooking and it can be prepared with a variety of sauces and toppings to keep things interesting. Schnitzel might not be one of the most elaborate dishes on earth but it is flavorful and succulent, a must-try food while visiting Germany.
Where to find schnitzel
Berlin: A restaurant styled like a woodland wonderland, Schwarzwaldstuben attracts locals and visitors alike with its delicious take on Swabian cuisine. Swabia is known for making some of the best schnitzel in Germany, and Schwarzwaldstuben certainly lives up to the Swabian schnitzel reputation; theirs was crisp, juicy and served along side a to-die-for serving of potato salad, seasoned perfectly.
Munich: With an extensive menu full of Bavarian specialties, a modern interior that still manages to be cozy and biergarten surrounded by lush greenery, Kaisergarten has something for everybody. Their schnitzel is gigantic and buttery, served with a wedge of lemon, horseradish and stewed cranberries.