This is the brewery where we had lunch. For those that know Hubby know that he likes to sample the local beers wherever we go so we typically seek out a local brew-pub for our meal. You normally can’t go wrong since the food is almost always excellent.
The Alt-Giessen was easy to find – since it is a hotel as well it was in a large building with a good sized beer garden in the back. Because it was a nice day, the restaurant was pretty empty with everyone in the back. We settled in and placed our orders.
There was a bit of a mix up on Hubby’s order (he got the wrong meal). The server that brought it was a bit miffed at our complaint and I got the feeling she wished we would just eat what was brought us, but once the server that took our original order returned, he knew exactly what the problem was and solved it. It took a few more minutes for Hubby to get the meal he wanted, but he said the taste was worth the wait. He had requested bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes (his current favorite dish), but they first brought Weisswurst – a white sausage served in plain water. I got a vegetarian baked dish with potatoes and veggies in a cheese sauce. It was delicious. Hubby enjoyed the beers – he went with the beer probe (tasting) which gave him .2 ltr. Sized samples of four kinds of beers; he later got a small sample of the current specialty beer as well. I was a little discouraged that the restaurant didn’t serve local German wine – it was mostly French – so I went with a soda instead. I’m not against French wine, but when in Germany, I like German wine (okay, when just about anywhere, I like German wine!).
The food was great at Alt Giessen. Our only complaint was the long wait for our food, especially since there were not that many people in the restaurant. This wait was even longer when the wrong meal was brought to our table and the correct one had to be made. But, without that complaint, our visit was a good one and the Alt Giessen is a place I would recommend to others.
This is the only restaurant in the town that makes its own beer so of course it was on my to do list when my wife and I visited the town on a nice Saturday afternoon in August of 2013. It is located close to pedestrian area and close to all the major attractions in the town.
The first thing to know is there is free parking at their location. The second thing is they have a nice beer garden nicely shaded that works well on a warm, sunny day. Finally, their menu is extensive but not in English, so if your German is as poor as mine, you may want to go to their website and review the menu before you go (got to love Google Translate).
I had their “ein paar Bauernbratwürste mit Sauerkraut and kartofflelstampf” which translates into a pair of sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. It was delicious and well worth the wait since they messed up my order and tried to serve me white sausages instead. My wife also enjoyed her lunch which was a potato dish with veggies and cheese sauce.
Now for the reason for going: their beer. They have a beer probe (beer tasting) so you can try four of their beers without getting wasted. The four beers are their Hell, Dunkle, Weizen and Dunkle Weizen or in English, Pils, Dark, Wheat, and dark wheat. I enjoyed three of them but their dunkle tasted slightly burnt. They were also brewing a special beer, a Dunkle Mehrkorn Weizen. It was a wheat beer which also contained several other grains in the malt. It was really good and highly recommend it if they happen to be brewing it during your visit.
Service wasn’t great but the beer and food made up it. Recommend you give it a try if you in the area.
Favorite Dish: If you like Sauerkraut try the dish I mention above.
Not counting McDonald's, this is the closest restaurant to the City Theater. In the photo you can see a bit of the theater building on the left underneath the green umbrella.
Nice garden for the summer months. A bit stuffy and old-fashioned inside, but nothing drastic.
Favorite Dish: Standard Italian fare.
They also serve Licher beer, a fine local brand which is brewed not far from here in a town predictably called Lich.
To find out all about Lich, use the link below to see VT's first and only Lich page, by Weissdorn.
A pleasant and elegant place to have a cup of coffee or whatnot before or after the opera. In the photo you can see the City Theater in the background.
Cup&Cino is located in a little square at the edge of the pedestrian zone.
Don't let it bother you that they have to share this little square with McDonald's, since the latter have adapted their architecture to the setting so they at least aren't an eyesore.
Also don't let it bother you that the Cup&Cino menu contains pages of self-praise about what marketing geniuses they are. This is the 21st century, after all, and that's what these hip young companies all do.
But it's all right, the drinks taste fine just the same.