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“the most DISGUSTING place on East coast - see photos”

Eichenkranz Restaurant
Ranked #1,089 of 2,039 Restaurants in Baltimore
Cuisines: American, German, Central European
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“the most DISGUSTING place on East coast - see photos”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

In german one would simply describe this place as KRASS or ECKELHAFT or simply DISGUSTING BEYOND WORDS. This place is located about 3 miles from Baltimore's downtown. It is off a main road and when driving there we were actually thinking our GPS got confused again - and this time I truly wish it did. When you enter "that place" there is 3 rows of about 5 tables each row. White tablecloth, red napkin - all looks nice. Only on closer inspection you will find the tablecloth full of old stains which is understandable. Since they serve red cabbage things can happen and those stains are hard to get off.
Anyway I live in the south, and have been to standard redneck dinner with white trash staff that yells at each other through the whole place as if they were still home at their trailer, but this place takes a white trash behavior to a completely new level. I would call it a WHITE TRASH AT ITS FINEST given the fact that average "meal" - if you can call it that - costs about USD 16.00. So in this "fine place" one of the waitress starts to holler at some friend guest who just came by to visit, right after we placed our order. Within shouting she manages to bring some bread rolls with those small individually packaged butter containers - quite few of them already "pre-opened" and evidently used by someone else before us. At that point I decide for a visit to bathroom and notice - their 2 wings door - originally painted white - have evidently never been washed as there are large black stains form fingerprints within 2 feet radius of the door grip. NO JOKING. The same on both bathroom doors. At that point I start to make sure not to touch anything. "Food" arrives. The Picture below is HasenPepper (Rabbit in Pepper Sauce) and NO this PICTURE was NOT TAKEN AFTER I VOMITED it back at the plate. But perhaps someone else did because it certainly looks as this has been already eaten by someone who then threw it back up on the plate and only then it was served to me again. It certainly not only looks like it but tasted like VOMIT as well. My party did not got much luckier with his order of GordonBlue. What arrived was a schnitzel with slice of old ham and slice of melted cheese a top - not inside. I dared to taste his and the meat was definitely not fresh, one more day and it would walk of that plate on its own. The waitress seen my disgusted face expression, even seen me taking pictures of "this" but never dared to ask how is everything, Although the food was hardly touched she brought us the bill and let us pay in full.
I used to live in germany and am not particular fan of their cooking, but about once a year I feel like german food. There is a place in Georgia - Helen- where they heavily capitalize on all the tourists they get - I have eaten at many places there and the food is average at best but what they served in this place I have never ever been served before. To this day I get nauseous just thinking of this place and still closely monitor myself for signs of E-Coli, salmonella and HEPATITIS B. As for me and my party we know we are done with German food for good. Period. The same with Austrian food (since EichenKranz advertises them selves as Austrian restaurant and also Swiss - nothing Swiss on the menu though). And every time I feel just a little rednecky I will humbly visit some good ol' southern dinner middle of nowhere where i can be sure that health department would shut it down if it ever drops to levels such I have seen in Eichenkranz - ZUM KOTZEN!!!

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wunderbar”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great German food.Small parking lot,great service.

Visited September 2011
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1 Thank Tom1945
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Canton, Maryland, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Sour Beef and Dumplings Ever!”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

The food isn't the problem here, all the German food was great, its the depressing service... no quick night here, try for at least 2 hours for dinner... Love the Sourbratten,, just like Grannies!! The night I went before they ran out of bananas for the desert of the house, rum soaked bananas.. go figure... but if you like German style food in a friendly setting and you're not in a hurry, try it out!

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank David S
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Annapolis, MD
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A little taste of Germany”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

The need for objectivity and recognition of ones personal perspective at the time really is important in forming opinions and reviews that capture the accuracy needed to help guide others with critiques and reviews. This was most important to keep in mind now as I bring you our experiences and impressions of the meal at the Eichenkranz restaurant in east Baltimore. We were keen to visit once more this long standing German focused restaurant having grown up in the same general area and having noted some less than enthusiastic reviews on Trip Adviser.

It was December 23 and we were all in light hearts having just visited a city area known for its outlandish amount of Christmas lights and decorations. But we also had not visited the restaurant in over three years due to the distance from our home. We were nearly its only patrons arriving after 7:30 on a night most people are rushing to finish holiday preparations. Of immediate note was the somewhat improved décor of mirrored walls and nicely attended tables. Our cheery and attentive waitress provided good timing all around. Having had a brief stop earlier we went straight for the entrées. They offer four versions of Veal Schnitzel along with other German and American favorites. Three of us selected two different versions of Schnitzel, the Jager Schnitzel (brown mushroom gravy) and the Schnitzel Eichenkranz (with cheese and smoked ham on top). Our fourth member chose her favorite Sauerbraten with dumplings, having a fine appreciation for the white globes in tasty gravy. The Schnitzel came with two choices of sides. Our choices were all top notch: cole slaw, French fries, German green beans, honeyed carrots, and red cabbage. This restaurant, located on the perimeter between neighborhood houses and the avenue retail section, has succeeded in providing tasty well prepared food (and authentic German renditions) at very reasonable price levels. You can also find a nice range of German beers, although none on tap, from their full bar selection.

As objectively as possible we would like to say that anyone who is looking for a modest culinary experience in an attractive setting with friendly and attentive service, a little off the beaten path, to give it a try. Our four entrées one glass of house wine and a large (16 oz) German imported beer was under seventy dollars before tip. Maybe some of the prior reviewers with low opinions may have been expecting more than a simple, homey alternative to four star culinaryl experiences.

  • Visited December 2011
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baltimore
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“The food was really, really good!”
Reviewed December 21, 2011

We have gone to this restaurant several times and each time whatever we had to eat was really good. The sour beef and dumplings are just like oma's. The rouladen is just like moms. The american dishes we had were lasagna and steak. Both of them were incredible. Now we can't decide what to eat the next time we go back. Recommend this place highly.

  • Visited December 2011
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