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Auberge du Rhin: In the heart of Alsace
This is an attractive inn on the main street of Marckolsheim and the restaurant menu seems to be pretty typically Alsatian. My wife had a quiche Lorraine and salad and finished with a coupe de l’auberge which included chocolate, coffee and rum raisins. I had the choucroute garni with two kinds of sausage, ham and potatoes accompanied by a hearty salad of lettuce, tomatoes, gruyere and a tasty dressing. In spite of such a hearty meal, I had to have dessert so opted for the relatively light tarte flambée sucré pomme . Tarte flambée an essentially an Alsatian concoction and is basically a thin bread dough somewhat similar to pizza fromage blanc or crème fraîche. Dessert versions like mine have sugar and apple and sometimes is flamed with Calvados (mine was not). We were both delighted with our meal and the nice Alsatian reisling that accompanied it.
"Winstub Au Cygne "The Swan" Colmar": Good Alsatian Cuisine
This is the favorite Colmar restaurant of our Alsatian friend back home and we had a delicious lunch. Even from the outside this is a lovely place with typical Alsatian charm with a red cross-timbered exterior. It seemed to be very popular with the locals as very quickly virtually every chair in the place was filled. I didn’t write down the names of the dishes but we started with a small section of quiche Lorraine and salad and then a dish of minced beef with potatoes topped with cheese.
Cave Vincole Hunawihr: Cheap Birthday Celebration
This is not really a restaurant, but a nice little stop for wine tasting. We stopped here on my birthday and my wife toasted me with a FREE glass of wine. I accused her of being a cheapskate, but after 40+ years of marriage, she just shrugged me off. This little town is very picturesque and not as covered with tourists as some others on the Wine Road.
Favorite Dish: We sampled, and bought, some of the local Gewurztraminer, a very nice white wine with an almost sparkling quality. Almost all the Alsatian wines are white as these are the main grapes grown in the region.Related to:
- Road Trip
Au Pont St. Martin Restaurant - Strasbourg: Have some pork butt!
This is a beautiful restaurant set in a most scenic location overlooking the river. The cuisine is pretty much Alsatian and very good. I wanted to eat the local specialty, sauerkraut but the menu was only in French. I could figure out that "choucroute garni" was sauerkraut but wasn't sure what came with it. After several attempts to communicate this to the waitress (whose English was limited but much better than my minimal French) she finally understood that I wanted to know if something came with the kraut. "Ah, yes," she excalimed "pork" and pointed to her butt.
As my visit here was in 1998, I checked to be sure and they are still open and I updated prices.
Favorite Dish: Obviously I loved the wonderful Alsatian choucroute and the delicious ham that was served with it and washed it down with nice Alsatian beer. The creme brulee was outstanding and, always important to me, the coffee strong, full bodied and delicious.
Landhotel Bierhäusle: Wonderful!
It is better to say this is a restaurant where you can spend the night than to say you can eat in the hotel. While the hotel is hardly average, the restaurant is excellent. A very small menu, only three or four choices, all very fresh.
Appetizers were small sandwiches with home-made olive cream. I then had an apple-curry soup, an unusual combination which was very good. As it was asparagus season, we both had the asparagus omelette - perfect.
The next evening we had halibut with curry crumbs and ginger with zucchini as vegetables. For dessert home-made chili-lemon ice cream, also very, very good.
The only thing I didn't like was that despite the large wine list there was hardly any local open wine,only bottles. The open wine was from South Africa, I'm sure also very good, but for a restaurant right in the middle of one of the best wine growing areas I thought this very strange.
But we found a good solution:
We ordered a bottle and finished it the second evening. The restaurant cooled it for us, so this was no problem.
Au P'tit Kougelhopf: A perfect break in Wissenbourg
One of local specialties if the Kougelhopf, a small, round cake.
We stopped for a coffee break in the Salon de Thé Au Petit Kougelhopf. We both had a small kougelhopf, very good.
This cake has to be eaten when it's fresh out of the oven, as it gets dry very fast. If this has happened I like to cut it into slices, put fresh fruit on them and let it soak for a while. Then I add whipped cream and have a good dessert.
But this has nothing to do with our coffee break in the Salon de Thé, as the Kougelhopf there wasn't dry at all.It was filling, but I still managed to have an Éclair as well , as I can never resist them when I'm in France.
In the Winstub: Traditional Alsatian Fare
Alsace is known as one of the best destinations for gourmets in France. Haute cuisine restaurants abound, but there are also many places where to try the traditional Alsatian cuisine. These places are locally known as Winstubs. Originally, they were small establishments where wine growers (usually in their own homes) could sell their exceeding wine production. They usually served traditional and simple dishes along with the wine. Today, they resemble any other restaurant, but they try to keep the traditional Alsatian style.
Favorite Dish: Traditional Alsatian dishes include the choucroute, the baeckeoffe, and the flammekueche. All these hearty and fatty dishes have more than evident German roots and some of them have become famous all throughout France.
The choucroute, in particular, is the star of the Alsatian cuisine. This term is the frenchisized version of the German Sauerkraut. There are many ways to prepare this dish and almost every family and restaurant has a different recipe. In general, the fermented cabbage is cooked in Alsatian white wine and accompanied with potatoes, sausages, meats and lots of fatty bacon.
The baeckeoffe is a traditional stew with potatoes and different meats, served in the same pot where it was cooked, and the flammekueche, also known as tartes flambées in French, are the Alsatian version of pizza: a thin bread dough covered by fresh cream and other variable ingredients (mushrooms, onion, ham…).
"Winstub" is Alsacian for "wine room" - and it is usually a sort of pub, where you can get wines of the region and some local specialities like tarte flambée/Flammekueche.
These winstubs are all around and can be found in every village of the Alsace.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
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"Flammekueche" is a typical Alsacian speciality - and it is sooooooo delicious!!!
This is the pizza of Alsace, a paper-thin crust topped with bacon, onion and a creamy fromage blanc, and baked in a wood-fire oven (a very hot home oven will do just fine). . Here is a recipe, if you like to try:
2 large chopped onions
smoked bacon cut into strips
1 table spoon oil
salt, grated nurmeg, pepper
Roll out the bread dough thinly, place on a baker’s oven peel, cover with onions, bacon and seasoned cream and sprinkle over with the oil.
Bake in a very hot oven and eat right away!Related to:
- Food and Dining
St Sépulchre: The last authentic traditional Alsatian restaurant
True to its reputation the dining room was reminiscent of a tidy and homely residence. Old fashioned long wooden tables were lined up beneath family photos and ornaments. The small menu offered classic Alsatian dishes based on pork, trout and potatoes; similarly the wine list provided a good choice of regional wines and producers.
Favorite Dish: The choucroute plate - sausage, ham, bacon, pork loin/knuckle laden by a huge pile of sauerkraut - was delicious if not heavy eatingRelated to:
- Historical Travel
- Food and Dining
Auberge des 3 Fours: Nice local eating!
First of all, you've to reach the place; it's called "COL DU HOLNECHT"at 1362 meters, but once you're there , let prepare you to a beautifull view nearly until the Alpes, but for a "garguantuesque" meal too, in the french litterature, Gargantua was an ogre...
with unwritable names for all the stuff you will eat. The prices are less expensive, as example the wine at 6,25 euros the litre (nearly the same in us$)...Related to:
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1190ff per room per night. Superb location, excellent standard of decoration and lovely public...more
We stayed 2 nights in 2004. When we arrived we were given keys to a small attic room which was...more
16, Rue Vauban, Wissembourg, Alsace, 67160, France
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