Thomas Klausmann brings a taste of Bavaria to San Francisco's Hayes Valley at this perennially crowded local dining spot, Suppenkuche. The cuisine at Suppenkuche (i.e. “soup kitchen” in German) leans towards traditional Bavarian flavours with rich and hearty dishes such as wiener schnitzel; juicy marinated beef with lingonberries and spätzle; along with vegetarian options such as stuffed portobella mushroom and crispy latkes. Styled as a casual local tavern, you’ll find an eclectic mix of furnishings including religious iconograph--a nod to the monks who traditionally ran the German travelers' taverns--rustic wooden tables and bird-shaped paper cutouts adorning the walls which cast intriguing shadows across the ceiling. Suppenkuche is legendary for its hearty weekend brunch of German sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels, along with its endless selection of German beer ranging from Pilseners to their signature medium-malt Doppelbocks which are all sold from the half-pint to the popular two-and-half liter glass boot. With most of the dishes priced at under US$20, Suppenkuche offers a great value local dining experience.