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Berghoff Cafe

View Map17 W. Adams St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 427-7399
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Editorial Review of Berghoff Cafe

The famed Berghoff may be done serving spatzele, but you can still get a taste at the lower-level Berghoff Cafe. Don't expect it to be a very German taste, however. Here the hearty Teutonic food gives way to what is best described as European cafeteria food: salads, pasta, sandwiches and pizzas. Only two German specialties make their way onto the menu: wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten.

It's best to stick to the straightforward "warm sandwiches." With tray in hand, watch as corned beef, roast beef, roast turkey, or black forest ham is sliced right in front of you. True to German utilitarianism, the sandwich consists simply of bread (I suggest rye), cheese and meat (Dusseldorf mustard is optional). Wash it down with Berghoff's signature root beer.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Larry Majewski

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