Dusseldorf is a fantastic place to sample delicious German cuisine. As a starter, be sure to try Halve Hahn, a simple, light, and vegetarian-friendly dish composed of a half-slice of rye bread with a dollop of soft cheese garnished with onions, pickle, and mustard.
Sauerbraten (sour roast) is a staple of Dusseldorf's cuisine. It's traditionally made with horse meat, but today it's more common to find it with beef, mutton, or venison. The meat is marinated in vinegar, spices, and herbs for several days before being roasted, creating a distinct sweet and sour taste and a tender texture that melts in your mouth.
Westfälischer Pickert (Westphalian potato pancake) is another German delicacy that's immensely popular in Dusseldorf's restaurants. These moreish little pancakes are made from a batter of eggs, potatoes, and flour and pan-fried the same way as a regular pancake. Best garnished with sugar, butter, and marmalade, or with ground meat on top.