Think of German food, and you may think of high-fat red meat and carb-laden potatoes. Then there's Alameda's Speisekammer, where dishes are lighter than stereotypical German fare, and the menu even includes vegetarian selections. Also attracting customers are the dark, cozy dining rooms, an outdoor beer garden and the long wooden bar serving specialty German brews on tap — it's like a vintage German tavern. Lunch sandwiches are popular, such as the wiener schnitzel on a baguette or the grilled Gruyère cheese sandwich with caramelized onions. Many come for the potato pancakes at dinner, served with house-made applesauce. Other appetizers include poached bread dumplings and pickled herring served with pickles and onions. Entrées include smoked pork chops, grilled rib eye, sautéed pork loin in mushroom sauce and meat loaf wrapped in bacon and a fried egg. You'll welcome the sauerkraut, spatzle or red cabbage on the side.