Did I get your attention? Lauterbach is a nice town to visit and have some fine half-timbered houses. It also has a statue of a naked boy selling cheese in the basement of its tourist office (which is worth a visit if you are there when they are actually open) and another one in the stream running through the town (see picture). Lauterbach also is home to the Lauterbacher Burgbrauerei which brews a number of beers to include the Lauterbacher and Auerhahn labels. Next to the brewery is the Felsenkeller – their brewery pub – which was my main reason for visiting the town. Sure, we also did some shopping and walked around the Altstadt (Old City) but that was just my excuse to try some local beer right from the tap.
The restaurant pub was okay. It had a small-time feel to it and server was nice even if she didn’t speak any English and got my beer order wrong. Due to an error in translation, my first beer was the Lauterbacher pils which was good if you like a German pils. I’m not a pils lover so I ordered the Lauterbacher Hefeweizen (wheat beer) to drink with my pizza (salami, cheese and mushrooms). This beer had a slight banana taste at first but lost it by the time it was half gone. It also didn’t have a very heavy wheat taste which I kind of missed. Anyway, our experience there was okay but not memorial and I don’t think I need to go back. However, on the way out of town I did stop at the drinks store to pick up a couple of their other beers to try at home.
Favorite Dish: My wife liked their Minestrone soup
This restaurant was once featured in local television for it's creative and traditional Hessian cusine. The secret to their celebrate sucess is their star cook, Hans Schmidt. Like man of the local country specialities, the middle Germans have rediscovered their roots and have re-discovered grandma's old fashioned "poor folks" recipies, and have added alittle modern originality to this dishes, to make simultaneously familiar and tantilizing.
The decor in the restaurant is pleasant, simple modern German Land House style, and is aimed at promoting a family atmosphere.
Interesting to see, if you have time before or after your meal is a peek in the Eulenfang House, where they serve and bake fresh baked goods from the antique wood-burning oven.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves two very good beers: Lauterbach Pils and Auerhahn Dark. Enticing is that not only is this beer served at cool temperatures in the exact glasses that make it taste good, they cook with it too, and have a number of specialties such as Pilsner mushroom soup, hop sprout salad, a potatoe and cold-cut stew called Beutelches, dark beer encrusted pork roast, and the delicious list goes on. For those who like to embark on alcohol invention adventures, try the Hopfengeist Parfait - a creamy cocktail made of beer cream liquor and honey.