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Josie's German Cafe and Market

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German, European, Central European
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Table Service, BYOB, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

The food is excellent and authentic. Service was fast and friendly. The bratwurst and potato salad are favorites. Don't skip dessert!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Ashley S, Owner at Josie's German Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed March 31, 2022

Very small German cafe and market in Mechanicsburg. My husband and I went on a date night. We both tried 2 different beef dinners with potato salad on the side. Everything was very good and served very quickly. Save room for dessert ~ The apple...strudel was amazing!! We will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Ashley S, Owner at Josie's German Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2022

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed March 2, 2022

Disappointing at best; cold day and cafe (5 4-top tables) was chilly; we were the only guests. Cash only. Two loaves of bread in the case to buy - NO apple strudel available; my lunch was lukewarm and small portion. Made with genuine imported items...but the spaetzel was packaged dried noodles; sauce was again packaged which they present with some mushrooms added; kraut was jarred (also for sale) with apple butter added. Not a scratch kitchen more like doctored up items and so, seems expensive. One time was enough.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed September 18, 2021 via mobile

I think if you are craving a schnitzel then you should get one from here to go. Not sure how their brats or wurst is but I would guess pretty good. The Jager schnitzel sauce was very good. The schnitzel was crunchy and moist. German...potato salad was ok but heavy with the onions. I wish it was a bit more spruced up on the outside and the seating area but I'm sure it's a big expense.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2021

We have eater here three times in the last two months. It is what used to be someone's house and not a made up place to look German. The food is the real deal. Everything we have eaten has been very good to excellent. Try...to save room for desert. If not take home some strudel and you will not be sorry. We have takes others and they agreed that the quality of the food was exceptional. Please make a reservation as it is a very small place. Prices are reasonable for the common working man and you will not go away hungry.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021

That adage describes Josie's. The Jaeger Schnitzels were outstanding and everyone enjoyed the spatzles also. Two members of our group lived near here and were always hesitant about coming here due to perception. They loved it !! Ashley asked us about desert and we got...the apple strudel and were very pleased with it. Next time we return to area, we will definitely come back! Need to have German music playing in background.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 5, 2021

My wife and I were very pleased with our meals. The spätzle was the best I have ever had. There is nothing fancy about the inside but we had a great waitress and some of the best German food at a affordable price . We...look forward to go back again and try other items on the menu.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Ashley, Owner at Josie's German Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed April 8, 2021

It is seldom that you find such Authentic German food. If you are not used to REAL German food, this is it. The owners are very kind and really want you to enjoy the meal. I was surprised that the Sauerbraten was in chinks rather...than sliced, but the flavor was very nice. The German Potato Salad was delicious, as was the red cabbage! I am not easily impressed, but this was very tasty without too much salt or vinegar, like other places we have tried. I was thrilled to find the jars of German Pickles to buy for home because there are hard to come by. Everything sold in grocery stores is so full of salt and garlic, but these are mild dill and refreshing. The restaurant is inside what looks like a house, but they have deli meat, german bread, jams, etc. I encourage you to try this very casual, simple family friendly restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Ashley, Owner at Josie's German Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2021

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed September 27, 2020 via mobile

Meeting my Sister and Mom off the Turnpike and I didn’t want to go to the restaurant right off the exit. Found this gem on Trip Advisor and we were very pleased. My Sister lived in Germany for three years and thought it was great....She was very excited to find some of the grocery items she used to use there. The spaetzle was sooo light and fluffy, the schnitzel was crisp and tender, and the waitress was friendly and efficient. Lunch was so tasty I ordered take away to take home to my family! It was obvious that everything was homemade with pride!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. If you want good German food, at a very reasonable price and in a quaint atmosphere this the place for you. We had the schnitzel dinner, with German potato salad. The schnitzel was a nice size portion. The potato salad...was the best I have ever had and my wife and her family make excellent German potato salad so I am spoiled. We asked if they had apple strudel for dessert and they said they had a peach strudel with home made whipped cream. If they have it - GET IT! Along with a cup of coffee it was so so good. In fact I’ll take it over apple strudel. All in all this was a very nice relaxing night.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 3, 2020 via mobile

Next best thing to eating in Germany. Jagerschnitzel with an authentic German beer(byob)! Thank you Ashley.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 18, 2020

We had the Jagerschnitzle and Wurst plate. Both were great and the place was cool. In a house and a bit hard to find but deff worth it

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Great experience. Great meal and dessert. Food is Just like you’d get in Germany. Great treats to purchase also.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed December 24, 2019

This was my first time to this somewhat off the path restaurant, operating out of an old house. There is a small section in the front which is the “store” having specialty food items. The interior is very rustic by design (maybe, lol!) and simple...complete with plastic chairs and a lot of German tchotchkes. The menu is simple because the scope of German food tends to be narrow. They will have something you will like. My order was the Leberkaese sandwich ($7) - crispy and hot on a roll with potato salad and a pickle, Schnitzel sandwich ($7) – one pork cutlet pounded thinly, breaded and fried on a brotchen (small roll) served with potato salad and a pickle, and the Currywurst ($7.50) - two Bratwurst with a semi-spicy curry sauce served with potato salad. Note that leberkaese is a combination of corned beef, pork and bacon with seasoning molded and cooked in a meatloaf type pan. What I Liked: - Out server was very friendly and engaged - The price point was awesome - All three items were good to better than average. Order of preference was the pork schnitzel, currywurst and leberkaese. - The potato salad was cut into slices rather than cubes. It was cold, flavorful and had a tart finish which I liked but others may not. What I Did Not Like: - Was not served a pickle - The currywurst was pre-cut into “pennies” rather than whole sausages which I understand is the standard. I would have preferred whole so that the entire pieces were not covered in sweet curry sauce. - Some subtle Oom-pah music might have been nice to rev up the appetite! My overall rating placed this restaurant at #54 of the 144 restaurants I have eaten at in the Carlisle area since February 2019. None of the food would make me crave coming back again, it lacked the Oom-Pah factor.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 30, 2019 via mobile

We have enjoyed their delicious food a few times before. ALWAYS a treat! The Jagerschnitzal was very good, as are the various wurst platters!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Yes, Josie's German Cafe and Market offers takeout services.

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Josie's German Cafe and Market is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4