La Toscane: Italian in the centre ville
I hadn't intended on eating in Metz more than once so I didn't have any restaurant recommendations besides a creperie that didn't seem to exist but we stumbled across several Italian/pizza restaurants along rue Dupont des Loges and decided to eat at La Toscane since it appeared to be the busiest and also filled with locals. The 1st night we had a little trouble since the waitress didn't speak English but the 2nd night we did fine. It's busy but service is relatively quick. There's a large outdoor seating area and lots of indoor seating.
Favorite Dish: The 1st night we ate here we both had wood fired pizzas, mine was the Regina with ham and bacon (10.80€) and David ordered the Maruzella with salami and peppers (10.90€). The pizzas were large, generous on the cheese and very good. We tried unsuccessfully to get tap water but finally gave up and got a couple of cokes (3.80€ each!). We shared a dessert, ice cream with chocolate sauce and meringues (7.30€), it wasn't anything extraordinary and certainly not worth the price. The total bill was 36.60€.
The 2nd night we came back because we had seen an entrée go by that looked delicious, David ordered that, the Involtini a la Crème (17.60€) which I believe was veal stuffed with ham covered with a mushroom cream sauce and I ordered escalope de Veau Romaine (15.60€) which sounded like it was going to be veal parmesan but ended up being breaded veal with cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes. Mine was good, David's was very good. This time we were able to get a carafe of water which they refilled without us asking. The meat dishes come with a side, there were several choices but we both got fries. The total bill was 33.20€, only less than the 1st night because we didn't have drinks or dessert.
Creperie St. Malo: Casual creperie
We ate at St. Malo on a Tuesday night, it was busy but not full. There is a small outdoor patio and also seating indoors. Closed on Sunday and Monday, it's open for lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: I'm a little spoiled by my favorite creperie in Paris, there the crepes and galettes are stuffed with premium ingredients and is incredibly cheap so whenever I eat at other creperies I'm generally a little disappointed and that was the case here. The menu is galettes or Breton crepes, which are buckwheat flour pancakes, a small selection of salads and sweet crepes. There are gourmande galettes made with fancier cheeses like raclette cheese or emmenthal but we opted for classique galettes made with ham and cheese (6.40€) and bacon and cheese (6.50€). I'm not as big of a fan of the buckwheat flavored pancakes as I am of crepes but it was OK. For dessert I got a nutella, banana and Chantilly crepe (6.80€) which I enjoyed. Another dessert crepe for my husband and 2 glasses of cidre, the total was 31.60€.
Jehanne D'Arc: A Typical French Café / Bar
Here we have a typical Café / Bar in the French style where you meet friends for a coffee, a beer or a wine and chat for hours. In the warmer months, the places outside on the little Jeanne d'Arc Square are quite popular. The café itself is not really big, so that it might get crowded inside, especially in the evening. The name, as you may have guessed, comes from the square and is an archaic form of the famous saint/commander/peasant girl's name.
I was there with a friend and he told me that there are often bands playing here in the evening as well. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this atmosphere as we had to return to Germany on that evening. Still, it is an enjoyable place with friendly staff and a good touch of French savoir-vivre.
La Galettière: Crepes and Galettes in Metz' city centre
In dead end, right in the middle of Metz’s pedestrian zone, you will find “La Galettière”. We wouldn’t have found this place, if it wouldn’t have been for a sign on the main street. Attracted by their then-current offer (one galette, one crêpe, one coffee) for 10 EUR, we went into the restaurant. Except for a lady who came in for a coffee and the waiter, we were the only people in there. The decoration was a little too much plastic for my taste. The food was excellent and the choice of galettes (non-sweet crêpes) and crêpes was quite good. The waiter was a nice chap, I had the chance to make some jokes with him about the lack of eating culture in Germany with my bad French.
The fact that the restaurant was empty did not make a good impression of it. Maybe the cause for it is really the location. Few people take attention of this side street in the pedestrian zone. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with the crepes and the offer was really good.
Favorite Dish: The Galette Alsacienne was really good. Even as the waiter considered it as a fauxpas when I ordered white wine with it....
Café Leffe: Belgium in France
If I see a sign for Leffe I can not pass it up. I usually go with my favorite the Leffe Brune. They also have Leffe Triple and the Radiuese. Of course there are other beers offered such as Stella Artois, Heineken, Guinness, Kronenbourg and unfortunantly Bud! The interior of the restuarant is very plain and boring, but the great cold Leffe more than makes up for it.
Favorite Dish: Leffe Brune
Cafe Leffe: Cafe Leffe
This is a lovely cafe at the end of the St. Martin bridge, and also a restaurant. there is a little river "cove" with boats inside, and the atmosphere is very cozy and private. You can't mis it, just follow the street after St. Martin brige, and the entrance is on the side, maybe 10-20m from the bridge.
I don't know why, ut some people badly need McDonald's, and prefer it even to the local food, so this tip is for those. For me, McDonald's only useful for the emergency toilette situation, as you can go in freely without being obliged to purchase anything. That's another useful point of this tip. When you're walking around the town all day, eventually you'll need to go, so there...
It's also situated in the very heart of the town, near Cathedral, and in the same street like Luembourg bar, but unfortunately I can't remember the name...
Bar "Le Luxembourg": Luxembourg Bar
This is a bar in the center, near the Cathedral and Place d'Armes. It is funny because in Metz you will find lots of things named after Luxembourg, since there are a lot of people from Luxembourg visiting (it takes only 45' by train from Lux.-city to Metz!), and vice versa, there are lots of things named after Metz in Luxembourg! it's like they're giving each other a favour...
There are various restaurants...
There are various restaurants in Metz ranging from French to Greek. I ate at Flunch near city center. It was self-service. Menu selection was rich.
Favorite Dish: Steak and French fries. Of course a dinner without wine is not possible for me in France. It is cheap and good.
We spotted an American styled...
We spotted an American styled restaurant called Boston's. They offered everything from hot wings to pina colada's. We enjoyed a meal elsewhere that day, but I look forward to eating at Boston's next time. :)
Sarl 1 D&D: A healthy food!
The menu is full of healthy dishes. If you want to be away from oil-rich food, please visit this brasserie. Its a very informal atmosphere and service is good!
Favorite Dish: Salad and cheese dishes
I can't recommend a specific...
I can't recommend a specific restaruant, but I can say that the bread in Verdun is exceptional ! There are a many great sidewalk cafe's
La cathédrale Saint-Etienne de...
La cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Metz. This is one mammoth-sized church! It is so beautiful, with so much detail carved into its exterior and interior.
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