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8 Marienplatz
Munich , Germany
49 89 219-9890

Bavaria is the heartland of simple, rib-sticking dishes heavy on the würstel, potatoes, and sauerkraut—accompanied, of course, by liter-size mugs of beer—and there's no better place to indulge in the cholesterol fest than alongside local residents in the mayor's basement. There's a regional tradition of installing a cozy Ratskeller of communal picnic tables in the keller (cellar) of the local Rathaus (town hall), whether in the tiniest village or the Ratskeller of Munich itself, where you must be sure to order the city's specialty: weisswurst (fat but delicate white sausages) — best when dipped in spicy mustard and sucked right out of their casings. Lunch specials start under $15.

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