Last night my fiance (oh yeah, by the way, I’m engaged) went to a new restaurant near our new apartment in a city we have never lived in before: Brandon, Fla. We just moved in this past weekend and have only begun our explorations of the area; specifically the food establishments.
I need to preface this story I’m about to tell you with a short side story: WE LOVE MR. DUNDERBAK’S IN TAMPA! As in, we would probably eat there every night if we had the financial resources and weren’t concerned with becoming obese. Alas, we do not have the financial resources, nor does the thought of becoming obese appeal to us. We still love to eat and drink there whenever we can, though.
Now that you understand the love we have for Mr. Dunderbak’s I can share with you our experiences at another very authentic German restaurant we ate at in Brandon called Taste of Berlin.
I found this restaurant on tripdavisor.com when I Googled “best restaurants in Brandon.” Taste of Berlin is #3 on their list! And, it’s only about 10 minutes away from our apartment.
Taste of Berlin is hidden away in a small shopping plaza and there’s not much parking out front. There’s only about 10-15 small tables in the entire restaurant and they have German signage and paraphernalia everywhere. We were sat at a table and were greeted by a very sweet waitress named Anna (imagine that name said with a thick German accent and you’ve got it). She gave us our menus and left us alone to contemplate what we wanted to order.
At first glance, you’re kind of shocked by how slightly expensive everything is. A .3L glass of hefe-weizen costs $7! A MASS of hefe-weizen costs $19.50!!! The Jaeger Schnitzel (made of pork, not veal) costs $14! I apologize for the excessive use of exclamation marks but I feel they’re justified.
We ended up ordering a Paulaner, a Schofferhofer, a Jaeger Schnitzel and a sliced pork meal with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and gravy. The beers were good, but the food was AMAZING! Well worth the cash we spent on it. And can I just mention the fact that the portions are humungous? My fiance had to finish my Jaeger Schnitzel for me.
I think what I liked most about the restaurant was the German waitstaff who spoke in German to each other. It was kind of like being back in Germany again.
So, in conclusion, here’s how I would rank both restaurants:
Atmosphere: Dunderbak’s – 9 (they have live entertainment a lot), Taste of Berlin – 6
Beer Selection: Dunderbak’s – 9, Taste of Berlin – 5
Food Selection: Dunderbak’s – 6 (I actually deducted points because they offer too much American food), Taste of Berlin – 7
Food: Dunderbak’s – 9, Taste of Berlin – 10
Service: Dunderbak’s – 8, Taste of Berlin – 9 (basically because of the German-speaking staff)
So while we still prefer Dunderbak’s over Taste of Berlin, both restaurants are great in their own right. We will most definitely be visiting our Brandon German restaurant again.
Do you have any Brandon or Tampa restaurant recommendations?