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“Family Style German Cuisine”

Pumpernickel's Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Every year we make an annual visit to this Lake George area icon of a restaurant. Pumpernickles has been turning out authentic German cuisine for many years and for the most part, everything is good. You enter through a bar area where several German beers are on tap. This evening, we had a dark Oktoberfest beer and a Spaten beer.

Pumpernickles is best described as being decorated like a German stube, with lots of knotty pine and German decor. There is a giant cuckoo clock which has seen better days since it keeps incorrect time and the cuckoo bird no longer pops out. Tables are covered with plastic tablecloths and paper napkins, definitely family style.

All entrees come with a soup and salad bar which was well stocked and fresh. After the salad bar, I had a Wurst Salat, German wurst sliced up and mixed with onions and pieces of cheese. The portion was over-sized, as are all of the dishes at Pumpernickles. I had the roast pork shank which is served with sauerkraut and German noodles. The meat fell off the bone and it was properly cooked. The gravy smothered the sauerkraut, mixing the two distinct flavors together. Perhaps this is how they do it in Germany.

Service, provided mostly by waitresses from Belarus, was friendly and a little too efficient (quick to take plates away and bring the bill). After the hearty portions, there was certainly no room for dessert, however, Pumpernickles features a large selection of cakes which they serve with a spritz of "canned" whipped cream.

If you're looking to try something different while visiting the Lake George area, give Pumpernickles a try. You won't leave hungry!

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The experience was fun - a friendly and efficient staff, great German atmosphere, the largest cuckoo clock in America, and bountiful servings of food, not to mention great selections of beer. My wife and I ordered the beef goulash and potato pancakes which were mildly disappointing, but my daughter and her family found the food delicious. Servings were so large it's no sacrifice to split a plate ($5 charge) unless you plan to take doggie bags and enjoy them the next day. Deserts were wonderful but please - - dont count calories.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Two years ago my husband and I were visiting the Lake George area and went to Pumpernickels. We love German food but there are no German restaurants in our area of New Jersey, so when we planned another trip back this week, one of the things on our "to do" list was going back to Pumpernickels! It hasn't changed.

He had the saurbratten and I had the roullade and both were delicious (although I've probably misspelled them!). The prices are a little high but neither of us was able to finish the generous portions that could easily provide another meal.

Wish there were soft candles on the table to give the place a little more atmosphere, but with good food and good sized portions, that doesn't matter quite as much.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Food was good, beer was cold and the prices were reasonable for the quality.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stopped in to see if we could just get a table for desert, and the service was so friendly! The Apple Streudel was delicious and a very generous portion. We hope to return for a full dinner next time we visit the area.

Thank J H
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