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Clärchen's Ballhaus
I was drawn to this restaurant because of it's beautiful outdoor seating area, but got much more than I bargained for. Clärchen's is also a dance hall and it has been around since 1913. It's full of fun historical facts: their original placart was painted by Otto Dix, and the hall is one of Franz Biberkopf's hangouts in Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz (a great novel to read before or while traveling in Berlin). There is a cover charge to join in on the dancing. If you'd rather just enjoy dinner outside, you can always pass through to use the bathroom and peek at Germans dancing to Elvis. The food itself was nothing to rave about for the most part, though their asparagus soup was one of the better ones I had. I did love the fig and mustard chutney that came on a cheese plate. But really it's the setting that makes me want to go there again.
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