PINEVILLE, N.C. -- You don't have to cross the Atlantic to have some of the best food Germany has to offer.

Voters at have picked Waldhorn Restaurant in Pineville among the top 10 best German food restaurants in the country, for the second year in a row. Nearby Olde German Schnitzel Haus in Hickory tops the 2010 list.

Thomas and Gitta Maier opened their doors in Pineville in 1999. Both come from a long line of culinary talents. Gitta's parents have a restaurant near Stuttgart. It shares the same name.

Waldhorn Restaurant kicks off Oktoberfest celebrations this Friday. For the next four weekends, you will find live music and dancing, in addition to award-winning traditional German dishes. All of it washed down with a variety of German brews.

The original Oktoberfest was held in Munich on October 18, 1810, to celebrate the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The world famous 16-day festival begins in Munich this Saturday.

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