If you travel around anywhere in L'Alsace, it is a MUST (I mean a M U S T) to at least once eat the local speciality Flammkueche or Tarte Flambée, which is a very thin, very crispy bread, covered with bacon, onions and crème frâiche, then baked in an oven. It is served on a thin wooden tray, already cut into pieces and must be eaten with the hand (no fork and knife :-)
The cook in Restaurant à l'Espérance makes a very good one, and well, it has to go along with a nice and cold Kronenbourg beer for heavenly pleasure :-)
The restaurant has 3 rooms with seating for 20, 30 and 50 people, and 2 terraces (one in the rear, overlooking the nearby church and one more tiny one at the channel of the Lauter, the little river).
From all the restaurants we saw on our short tour through Wissembourg, this one had the most relaxed atmosphere, and was also a bit off the traffic, so we have choosen it.
Favorite Dish: The menue had all the typical Alsacian dishes:
Flammkueche: from 6,10 - 8 € (depending on how it's covered),
Quiche Lorranie: 7 € (incl. salad),
and also the famous Baeckeoffe (stew of lamb, pork, beef, onion and potatoes) is available for 13 €, however, only upon order in advance.
They serve Assiettes (cold plates) for 8,50 € as well, onion soup for 5,90 €, snails for 6 € (6 pieces), and some salads, the one in the pic is made of sausage, gruyère, corn and red currants (8,50 €).
Kronenbourg beer (0,25 l, draft) for 2,10 €, and 1/4 of red wine (Bordeaux, also others available, french of course) for 3,90 €.
It was a wonderful dinner, both because of the quality of the food, and also for the very much relaxed atmosphere - no car noise, but lots of birds singing, and exciting smell of the plant decorated garden, we were seated.
Date of visit: July 2006.
Update, April 2013: website added.
I was fortunate enough to ask Ingrid where to eat in Wissembourg. She recommended this place. Good choice.
This "Restaurant of Hope," right next to the St. Peter and Paul Church, most definitely has a reputation for very good food. When I visited on a Sunday afternoon, most of the surrounding restaurants were nearly empty, but this one was very crowded -- usually a good sign the food is good. The place had outdoor seating by the river (full), inside (full), and in a courtyard next to the church (1 small table open!). The only nitpick was that service was rather slow, but it appeared there were only two servers for the entire place, so this can be forgiven. Once my server got to me, the service I received was courteous and professional. The food was excellent.
Favorite Dish: As this was to be my only meal in the Alsace, I had to go for a Tarte Flambée, or Flammkuche in German. This meal is a thin bread crust baked a high temperature, topped with sour cream, bacon, and other toppings. I chose the Tarte Flambée à l'ail, which added fresh garlic to the mix. Very tasty... and since my wife was some 3,000 miles away, I didn't have to worry about offending her with my garlic breath.
I have never eat something so delicious like those cakes of Maison Rebert .It ' s worth make a stop in this town and after a lovely walk you can taste them !
Favorite Dish: I liked specially those "Choux a la Creme"...
On Saturdays and Sundays only they serve delicious Flammkuchen (tarte flambée). Flammkuchen is like a very thin pizza with cream, onions and smoked ham - baked in a special oven.
You can sit outside or inside and enjoy the food!
There are plenty of restaurants in Wissembourg. A local favouite in Alsace is Flammkuchen, a paperthin Pizzatype speciality.