It was definitely time for lunch so we took a break from our tour to visit the restaurant, Kartoffelsack (potato sack), that the Tourist Information Office recommended to us. I am a potato-girl – I’ll eat potatoes cooked any way (one of the many reasons I love Germany!). It was midday and many of the tables in the small dining area were reserved. But we found a nice high table for two and took a seat. As more and more people were arriving, we realized that the restaurant had a much larger seating area in the back that we didn’t see on arrival.
The menu was full of wonderful delights – and potatoes served with most everything. Hubby enjoyed a new local beer, Alsfelder, and I had some hot tea to warm up from the rain. For our meals, I selected a Folienkartoffeln, which was simply a baked potato with herbed sour cream, bacon and roasted onions for toppings. It was very good and the portion size was huge! Hubby got potato soup and fries. All the food was tasty and the prices were reasonable. The servers were very friendly and prompt. Overall, we enjoyed our lunch at the Kartoffelsack.
After having a wonderful lunch, we continued the walking tour of Alsfeld and headed back into the market square (easy to find with the Altes Rathaus right there by the restaurant) and to the building we started our day off with: the Weinhaus .
The Alsfelder brewery is located in the town of Alsfeld but it does not have a restaurant associated with it. However, if you want to taste its wares you are in luck since almost every restaurant serves their beer (I didn’t check the Irish Pub). You can even get it to go by stopping in the local drinks store (Getränke) or if it is a Sunday the local gas station. Alsfelder brews brews the normal German beers as well as several seasonal ones. I tried their wheat beer from the tap and their Pils from a bottle. The wheat beer went down very smoothly and, although I’m not a Pils man, their Pils was okay.
To get to a tap, my wife and I decided to try out the Kartoffelsack which was recommended by the nice lady at the Information Center in the center of town. Her recommendation was spot on. If you can understand a little German, you will know by their name that the restaurant specializes in potato dishes. My wife got a baked potato dish covered with bacon bits, onions, tomatoes and a huge scoop of sour cream. I went for the potato soup and a heaping plate of fries. Everything was superb; just right for a rainy Saturday.
The town of Alsfeld is well worth a visit. Make sure you go to their website and print out a copy of their walking tour of the town which explains 39 of their historic buildings, almost all of them half-timbered structures. Their Old Rathouse is magnificent and is on all the Alsfelder bottles and their coaster. The town is part of the Fairy Tale Road and there is a Fairy Tale House. They also have a Christmas Market that only lasts for 10 days so make sure you check out the dates. My wife plans on dragging me back there in December. As long as I can drink the beer I won’t mind.
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Favorite Dish: I'm going with the plate of fries.