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When most Seattleites think of German bier and food, they think of Leavenworth, WA. Leavenworth is a tiny but authentic German village about one hour from downtown. But what most Seattleites don’t know is that there are many German places in town serving up some fabulous German food and bier. Save the gas and check out the local German culture.

Shultzy’s Sausage
4114 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 548-9461

Visit “Seattle’s Wurst Restaurant since 1989” and gobble up the area’s best brats. Made on the premises and using only the finest ingredients, these brats are the real deal. Try the German Bratwurst Plate including Shultzy’s German bratwurst link served on sauerkraut with a side of warm German potato salad and a big hot pretzel. No other brat can compare.

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The People’s Pub
5429 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-6521

If a brat isn’t going to cut it, get over to The People’s Pub in Ballard for a full German meal. The Hunter’s Meal is not only filling but delicious. It is comprised of Jägerschnitzel, or pan-seared pork cutlets, in a mushroom gravy served with mashed potatoes and rotkohl, also known as pickled red cabbage. Try it with any of the beers on tap and be whisked away to Germany, even if it’s just for dinner.

Brouwer’s Café
400 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 267-2437

Although it rains a lot around here, a few locations sport an outdoor beer garden for the few nice days that appear. Brouwer’s Café has one of the best. With over 300 bottles of beer from all over the world and a heavy influence of Belgium and German beers, it is a great place to try lots of different brews. While drinking way, try the deconstructed rabbit pot pie with leeks, saison, rosemary, puff pastry, baby carrots and red new potatoes. This meal is sure to soak up some of the beer.

7311 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-5430

Opening in 2002, Prost! was the pioneer in bringing a taste of Germany to Seattle. Serving German bier “the way it should be poured, with a creamy head in traditional glassware,” it has quickly become THE place to chug authentic libations. Go for a stein or a boot; either one will be a great pair with dishes such as the Braunschweiger, a traditional German liverwurst accompanied by toasted rye bread and Granny Smith apple slices.

422 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 340-2528

“Feierabend” means “quittin’ time” in German. And quittin’ time means relaxing time. The best way to do that is with a nice German beer and a big, hot pretzel with spicy mustard. All of the 18 beers on tap at Feierabend are imported directly from Germany and the pretzels are house made and delicious. Try the Bayrische Pretzel (Bavarian pretzel) served with three types of mustard; stone ground, sweet hot mustard and Obatzter.

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Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.