The hunt is on for the next Gourmet Ghetto, and while several East Bay ‘hoods close in on the claim, don’t count out Alameda. New eateries have sprouted recently along Park Street and the surrounding vicinity, and the long-standing family-friendly restaurants that continue to serve up goodies also deserve a nod . Speisekammer is one of those treasured spots—it’s been pouring tasty spirits and offering heaping plates of savory German food to kids and parents alike for nearly a decade now.
Children crave the morsels on their “Kinderkarte,” like potato pancakes with house-made applesauce, mac n’ cheese spätzle-style, mini sausages with mashed potatoes, and other delicious German plates and appetizers for the youthful appetite. More seasoned palates also have a lot to choose from, including an array of sandwiches for lunch, a vegetarian selection, and dinner entrees like cabbage rolls stuffed with beef , or smoked pork chops with sauerkraut or red cabbage on the side.
When it comes to ambiance, there’s an outdoor beer garden, cozy, low-lit dining areas, and regular, live entertainment—plenty reason to toast the evening with some really good suds. If that weren’t enough, Speisekammer’s new Recession Menu may persuade even the thriftiest among you to take a night out, with the restaurant’s most popular dishes available in half sizes. It’s definitely worth an excursion to the island, a trip to Germany lies just through the tunnel! Speisekammer is located just off Park St. at 2424 Lincoln Ave.
—Renee M. Rutledge