I'm off to Munich for a 3-day trip and I wonder what are some traditional vegetarian Bavarian dishes that I should not miss to taste? Is there any?

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    Why the comment-less downvotes? anti-vegs?
    – sepehr
    Jun 3, 2017 at 16:22
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    @sepher: I think because as it is written, the question is seen as both a list question and a opinion based one. Hence the close votes, too.
    – motoDrizzt
    Jun 3, 2017 at 16:36
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    Oh, I can't see the close votes yet. I think it should be rephrased to "Is there any vegetarian Bavarian dishes served in Munich"?
    – sepehr
    Jun 3, 2017 at 16:47
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    To answer the are there traditional vegetarian dishes in Bavaria? - unless you count bread and beer, there certainly are no vegan ones. Vegetarian, I don't think so. They like their meat. Or pig's grease. Ans sausages. Lots of sausages. Even Sauerkraut has pig in it when done right.
    – simbabque
    Jun 4, 2017 at 7:19
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    @DanubianSailor :)))))))))))))))))))) Now that I'm actually there, I understand your comments. Veg-friendly traditional Bavarian food? Oh, no way! Every single person that is sitting around me right now, is having all kinda sausages for breakfast!
    – sepehr
    Jun 8, 2017 at 7:31

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There is one dish typically found in most traditional Bavarian restaurants that indeed is vegetarian. It is not a traditional Bavarian dish but a traditional Swabian one, though.

This dish is called Käsespätzle, in Bavarian dialect it might also be written Kasspatzn. It consists of the traditional Swabian Spätzle (a type of noodles) with lots of molten cheese and optionally fried onions (both crispy and non-crispy although the former seems more common to me).

Furthermore, if you are into cold dishes or visiting a beer garden (Biergarten), you may also be interested in Obazden. This is most loosely described as a variant of cheese; more adequately it is whatever the kitchen had left over and is fitting to put into a creamy cheesy mixture. It has a strong taste and would typically be eaten with bread or pretzels. If you are in a part of a beer garden that includes service (especially note that in Munich many beer gardens are bring your own food), they will usually have pretzel with Obazdem on their menu.

Note that the spelling of Obazda is not fully fixed as it is a dialectal word. Note also that since it is grammatically a nominalised adjective (deriving from a past participle), it features a not-so-common (for nouns) declension which is frequently done wrong by non-Bavarians (‘Prussians’): ein Obazda, der Obazde, des Obazden, mit Obazdem, den Obazden to randomly jump through a few different cases.

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    Thank you so much Jan, for taking the time and writing such comprehensive answer. I'll do my best to find a place that serves Käsespätzle in my last hours of stay here at Munich.
    – sepehr
    Jun 8, 2017 at 20:49
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    @sepehr, note that Käsespätzle also exists in non-vegetarian variants (they might add e.g. bacon), so better ask.
    – Carsten S
    Jun 9, 2017 at 13:22
  • So what is the infinitve? Obazen? What does it mean?
    – Carsten S
    Jun 9, 2017 at 13:23
  • @CarstenS Or anbazen or anmanschen in standard German.
    – Jan
    Jun 13, 2017 at 13:37

Another traditional vegetarian Bavarian dish would be bread dumplings with Mushroom sauce (in German it is called Semmelknödel mit Champignonsauce). Or if you are craving something sweet: Kaiserschmarrn - it is sweet dough parts that are baked in a pan and served with applesauce or plum jam.

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    Half of Austria is now furiously typing a comment that Kaiserschmarrn is definitely not Bavarian ;)
    – Jan
    Feb 18, 2022 at 17:37
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    Maybe I should have made clear that it was originally from Austria 0:) but you can get very good Kaiserschmarrn in Bavaria as well, so I think it is ok to suggest trying it in Bavaria ;)
    – Lara K.
    Feb 21, 2022 at 9:07

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