To kick of March, here is a list of the top 10 foods I would eat if I were in Germany this month:

10. Aalener Spionle

These small chocolate confections filled with nougat are delicious. Spionle are made by the Konditorei Ammann in the small city of Aalen which is in the region of Baden-Württemberg.

For more information, check out Konditorei Ammann’s website. http://www.spionle.de/

9. Torte
I lived in Germany for a year and never went to a café to try a piece of the fine-looking torte offered. That’s something I regret. Beautiful cakes are sold in cafés in Germany. Sitting with friends in a café to have coffee, tea, or a piece of cake would be a nice way to spend an afternoon.

8. Käsespätzle
Käsespätzle are like the German version of macaroni and cheese. Spätzle are like handmade noodles or dumplings. They are small and often accompany meats or roasts. The best way to have them is when they are baked with cheese, and covered with fried / caramelized onions.

7. Schupfnudeln mit Sauerkraut

Known in Southern Germany, this Schwäbisch dish is made with potato dumplings, bacon, sauerkraut and onions. Check out Marion’s Kochbuch for the recipe. The recipe is in German, but can easily be translated with Google. There is also an English version of the website.

6. Brot

Germany is known for its breads. There are so many different kinds of bread there, literally hundreds of varieties. A surprising number of bakeries are scattered throughout the country.

5. Leberkäse
It doesn’t look that good, and I’m not sure what it is, but leberkäse tastes great. I guess it is kind of like meatloaf. Leberkäse is often eaten on a roll, or it can be pan-fried and served with a fried egg.

4. Flammkuchen
Flammkuchen looks similar to a pizza. It is a really thin piece of dough stretched into a rectangular shape and baked in a very hot oven. It can be topped with red onions, bacon, creme fraiche or other toppings.

There are so many different types of sausage in Germany. The butcher shops there offer things you can’t buy in the U.S.


Similar to an Italian ravioli, Maultaschen are a form of filled pasta. Stuffed with a mixture of spinach, pork and other things, they can be served in a soup broth, or pan-fried with eggs. Maultaschen are most commonly found in Southern Germany. It is considered a Schwäbisch dish.

1. Döner Kebab
How these are not sold in the U.S. yet is a mystery to me. Sure you can find them in some U.S. cities, but they just aren’t as good as the ones in Germany. So what are döner? Döner kebab’s appear to be similar to a gyro, but they are much better. Invented by Turkish people residing in Berlin, Döner is probably the number one German fast food option. Döner kebab can be bought all over the city at a low price, usually less than 5 or 6 euros.

So that’s the list. Those are the top ten things I would get. What did I leave out? If you were going to Germany, what would you be most excited to try? Vote on the poll.