Teske’s Germania Restaurant and Bar 255 N. First St./Divine, (408) 292-0291. L Tu-F, D Tu-Sat; $$.
Situated in a historical building, this family-run German restaurant is entered through swinging saloon doors. After passing through an atmospheric dark bar, diners enter two large dining rooms. The one is front has a slightly cozier feel, while the back room features tall ceilings and a giant moose head. In good weather, a brick patio with a big wall fountain becomes a festive beer garden where nothing can be finer than sipping a big stein of Spaten amber lager. The menu offers a plethora of good German dishes—crisp potato pancakes, schnitzels, sauerbraten, and wursts—plus German beers and schnaps galore. Many entrees include housemade spatzle noodles, and all dinners include bread and butter, soup, salad, and apple strudel.
Special events include Sommerfest in summer, Oktoberfest in September and October, and Seinfeld-inspired Festivus in November.
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