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Cafe Einstein

Photo: Tim Hill, License: N/A, Created: 2011:05:20 13:48:55

Tim Hill

Cafe Einstein

1705 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-1705,

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Stateside our impression of Teutonic fare—thanks to our grandparents—is greasy brats, spaetzle, and sauerkraut—stuff you can still find at Eichenkranz and Blob’s Park. Cafe Einstein is different. Here, the focus is on simpler dishes—not exactly healthy, but certainly fewer calories—than you’d find in a German café or from a street vendor. Take the curry wurst ($8.95), essentially a good frankfurter slathered with curry ketchup. If you finish off the delicious, simple salad that comes with it (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, and potato topped by a tangy yogurt dressing), you can at least moderate that fatty sausage. Curry wurst is a German street-food staple—and this one was exactly what we remembered from a trip to Frankfurt. We also tried the pancake sushi ($9.50), a potato pancake schmeared with cheese and spinach, to which we added slices of bratwurst (another $2.50), all baked in a convection oven. The dish was served with that salad and a fluffy pretzel role. Friendly Cafe Einstein is a nice break from the routine, and even if you don’t go for the pork, they have a good selection of salads. (Tim Hill)

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