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Karlsruhe restaurants offer the freshest in regional Baden cuisine, but of course with some international flair! With Baden-Württemberg‘s encompassing that German fairy tale location of legends, the Black Forest, there are many specialties from that particular area.
Black Forest Ham
This Karlsruhe dish is a big haunch of smoked pork. The smoked pork meat can take up to three months to prepare! The raw meat — which can also come from a boar — is salted, then spiced with garlic, pepper, juniper berries and coriander. Following two weeks of curing, the salt is extracted and it is cured again for an additional two weeks. Finally, the pork is smoked for several weeks in a fire of sawdust and fir brush, giving it its red color.
The European Union ensures that anything with the words “Black Forest Ham” on it actually comes from the region and is of the proper quality.
Black Forest Cake
Black Forest cake, the Schwarzwälder Torte, is made just for those with a sweet tooth. This Karlsruhe and Baden specialty is a chocolate cake layered with whipped cream and cherries. If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to end your meal, you need look no further than this classic! ;-)
This traditional rolled noodle cake is another Baden delicacy. Schupfnudel resembles Italian gnocchi and can be eaten with sauerkraut or sweeter fare. Often made from rye, wheat flour or sometimes potato, it is rolled into its customary elongated shape by hand.
Hoepfner Burghof (Haid-und-Neu-Straße 18)
This traditional Karlsruhe restaurant offers the best in classic Baden cuisine. The Hoepfner Burghof serves delectable meals like fresh duck, fried lamb and prime rib, prepared in accordance with the local tastes. There is also a great selection of beers and wines.
Klenert’s Restaurant (Reichardtstraße 22)
If you’re in the market for fresh and delicious meals, then Klenert’s is an excellent option. They serve Baden dishes made with the freshest ingredients. With the friendly ambiance and an excellent location in the courtyard of the old castle, you can’t go wrong.
Be sure to make reservations in advance!