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Best German Restaurant in America: Bavarian Grill in Plano

logoThat is what the press release from Inga Bowyer, president of in Colleyville says. Let’s get the details.

Over 400 German restaurants, located throughout the United States participated in this first year of the search for the “Best German Restaurant in America.” Bavarian Grill, located in Plano, Texas, garnered almost one third of all the validated votes cast during the two-month online voting period. They also received the majority of positive judging forms from “undercover judges,” and the restaurant scored well with teams of expert judges who dined incognito at the highest scoring German restaurants. Health Department inspections were also reviewed to confirm a consistent “A” rating for the restaurant.

The goal of the annual competition, according to Inga Bowyer, president of, is to recognize German restaurants that serve up a truly ethnic experience. According to Bowyer, Bavarian Grill’s classic German entrees like schnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst, and roasted ham hock are complimented by a selection of over 50 different imported German beers.

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UPDATE: We will be celebrating this Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm with a victory party where we’ll be presented a plaque by Inga Bowyer, President of  We’d love for you, and any Side Dish readers, to join us for the celebration!

21 comments on “Best German Restaurant in America: Bavarian Grill in Plano

  1. While Bavarian grill is okay to say it’s the best in the U.S. is absurd! It’s not even the best in Plano.

  2. congrats to Bavarian Grill.

    BBJ I think Irodguy probably likes Jorg’s better…I think they’re both the same. To be honest I don’t think either is great but that says more about German food than either restaurant.

  3. no mention of Henk’s? This is an outrage of the highest proportions!

    Will try the Bavarian Grill but doubt it is better than Henk’s.

  4. I’m a little surprised. I like both, but I’ve always considered Edelweiss Restaurant in Fort Worth to be better. I don’t live anywhere near them, so I haven’t eaten at either restaurant in a few years so things may have changed, but it does make me want to go to try both places again, and what’s this about Jorg? I’m not even familiar with it, so I should look it up, too.

  5. Luniz: Actually, neither say much more about German food than Dallas tapas places do about Spanish food. Contrary to stereotype, German food is very diverse, very informed about global trends, and very sophisticated. Bavarian Grill and Jorg’s are reasonable implementations of some common traditional and mainly simple German food, a tiny subset of the cuisine. They have an unchanging formula and have built up a clientele that expects that.

  6. Who were the judges in this competition? Who financed them eating in 400 restarants? It sounds as though the competition was a local survey of people, none of whom has eaten at almost all the restaurants. So the question they answered was not “Which restaurant is best?” but “Which restaurants have you heard of?”. I can believe that more people have heard of Bavarian Grill than Jorg’s since it has been around so long but the claim that this survey was capable of judging it the best is absurd.

  7. I like both Jorg’s and Bavarian Grill. I usually think of butcher’s plates/sausages and beer when I think of Bavarian Grill. Jorg’s (which is in downtown Plano) has great schnitzels. However, I think Jorg would be quick to point out that Jorg’s is more Austrian than German. Anyway, both places are good, but I don’t know that they are as good as Kuby’s near SMU.

  8. How much did BG pay for this? I bet it’s like those fake ‘best steakhouse’ lists in the back of the airline magazines.

  9. Bavarian Grill came by this title honestly.
    I can attest to this because (an online German food store) is the administrator of the annual search for the Best German Restaurant in America. None of the over 400 German restaurants in America had to pay a single penny to anyone to be considered for this honor!!!

  10. More on how Bavarian Grill was selected:
    Voters were permitted to vote once a day at between July 1 and September 1, with a maximum of 10 votes per day from shared I.P. addresses. Unpaid “undercover judges” also visited restaurants of their choice and had to submit a 10 point questionnaire. They had to provide personal information so we could confirm that they had no connection to the restaurant or their competitors.

  11. It’s nice to have a German restaurant in America as in this article explains the best German Restaurant here. They can share their own foods to spread the taste of its original style of foods. I like to try the best German food and make some appreciation to that.

  12. Hmmm. I like Bavarian Grill here in Dallas but Rudi Lechners’s in Houston is still my absolute favorite and it only got #7. I like Kube’s a lot too, but I don’t think they quite compare to some of the more upscale restaurants and their offerings.

  13. Very interesting article. Couldn’t of written any better. Browsing this post reminds me of my old friend. He constantly kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. Pretty interesting post. Couldn’t of written any better. Browsing this post reminds me of my old friend. He constantly kept talking about this. I will send this post to him. Am sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! :)