3025 SW Canby St., 452-1411, ottoandanitas.com. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, dinner Saturday.
Despite its opening in 2003, Otto and Anita's already feels like an institution, tucked as it is in a cozy, low-ceilinged nook near the east end of Multnomah Village, distributing schnitzels, wursts and more traditional Germany plates, and a Bavarian-themed décor defiantly immune to contemporary aesthetics. The schnitzel haus' signature dish is dill pickle soup, a bowl of creamy, briny goodness with slivers of pickle and onion and vividly tinted the shade of mint ice cream. The soup is craved and revered across the Southwest Hills. The wide array of schnitzels are lovingly prepared, often by Otto and Anita themselves: flat-pounded cutlets of pan-fried pork loin doused in an array of Central European sauces. Take note: The dishes are seasoned to suit a blue-haired clientele more than a Gustav's happy hour. There's lots of dessert on hand, too, including the couple's freshly baked strudels and marionberry cobbler.