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“German Vegetarian with Some Twists”
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“German Vegetarian with Some Twists”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Kurbiskern (pumpkin seed) is a vegetarian restaurant in the area between the train station and the center (easy walk from either). It is clear you're eating in a German restaurant, which is part of the charm from the vegetarian perspective -- it can be difficult in Bavaria to eat vegetarian German food. Here you can have a taste. But they also have some Italian stuff, and many Thai-inspired dishes. We had a Spanish-inspired Paella for two. I'd actually like to see more German stuff.

Be prepared for slow European dining -- don't come here if you're in a hurry. It looks like this place is a husband / wife operation. He does the front and she does the cooking. They both sometimes get behind. But if you're in no hurry, it is fine to just sit back and drink and talk.

The place is usually pretty full, especially on Friday or Saturday evenings. On our most recent visit, we managed to get in without a reservation, but others after us got turned away -- best to to get a reservation if you really want to eat here.

Kurbiskern will probably not blow you away. It is quietly excellent, serving fresh, wholesome and tasty vegetarian food. I like that they claim to not use frozen food or a microwave (why go to a restaurant just to have them pop a frozen dinner in the microwave and serve it to you?).

We've been here several times and it is consistently good, has nice atmosphere, and very friendly (but sometimes slow) service. Tried and true.

  • Visited March 2013
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