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Andechser Am Dom, Munich

7a Weinstrasse
Germany 80333
Tel: 49 89 298 481's insider take:

A notch upscale from a ratskeller yet still as authentic as they come, this busy, oak-paneled traditional restaurant sits in the back courtyard of the enormous Frauenkirche. It's not utterly free of tourists, especially at the outdoor tables that look onto the church's brick back wall, but plenty of locals keep the vibe on an even keel. The food is quintessentially Bavarian: asparagus (in season), schnitzel (veal cutlets), Schweinbraten (pork roast), Tafelspitz (marinated, boiled veal with horseradish), and lots and lots of wurst. Solitary diners or couples are likely to be seated with strangers at the open tables. Cold meat dishes tend toward the tart and vinegary, including Sülze, a local specialty of pink meat in gelatin (a guaranteed shocker for vegetarians). Warm dishes arrive in gut-busting portions, with big dumplings alongside. But the real story is the beer, brewed right here: Ask for a Weissbier (wheat beer) or a Dunkles Weissbier (literally, "dark light beer")—creamy, lemony, and fresh beer heaven.

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