This restaurant and hotel is situated in Ahrweiler's wonderful pedestrian zone, close to one of the mediaeval gate towers of the walled historic center. If you want to taste the regional German cuisine, this is a good restaurant to go to. Many dishes with beef and pork roasts, steaks and of course schnitzels. Also some locally available game dishes (with regard to the season).
Favorite Dish: I had an excellent venison steak. Came with pommes croquettes and a mushroom-red wine gravy. This dish cost 14 EUR -- excellent value for money!!!
A "Strausswirtschaft" is a special kind of restaurant only to be found in wine growing areas as a side-business of the vineyards. It is also very typical for Austria, where these places are called "Heuriger" and are extremely popular with the locals who usually know where to go for great food and great prices. The name "Strauss" means bundle and derives from the bundle of dried flowers/grains that the proprietors hang on their doors to tell they're open. Which makes sense, because originally Heurige/Straussenwirtschaften are seasonal businesses.
The basic idea of a "Heuriger/Strausswirtschaft" is to provide some solid food to neighbors, hikers or other visitors who are mainly coming to taste the wine and sit in the backyard for a nice chat (or vice versa). In Austria, this basic character of "Heurige" as some neighborhood eatery one level above the family picknick is still preserved, whereas in Germany, Strausswirtschaften predominantly have developed into full-blown bistros with food that supports the wine-tasting, but can be quite eclectic in character and price.
Anyway, the "Heuriger" and the "Strausswirtschaft" are absolute must-visits, when in an Austrian or German wine-growing area.
Local place that serves local food, wine, and cakes, situated in an old half-timbered house. Nice outdoor seating in the central square of the town.
Thes serve but two or three types of cake, but these are home-made and excellent.
Favorite Dish: Their red wine/cherry/chocolate cake (see photo 2) was oh so yummy!!!!
Despite its German name, the Niederhutklause is actually a small Balkan style BBQ restaurant located in a wonderful cozy mediaeval half-timbered house.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant offers many grill platters -- not the most eclectic cuisine, but pretty good meat at reasonable prices. The place is certainly okay if you feel like having a good BBQ beefsteak
This was a well appointed restaurant in the Bad Neuenahr section. There was a wide array of local and Bavarian fare. Our main dishes ranged from white asparagus with Hollandaise sauce and boiled potatos to schnitzel , to trout and for me the special of the day: 1/2 meter of bratwurst, a small glass of a sort of aquavit, a local beer and of course potatos (croquetttes).
Favorite Dish: German food is for survival not gourmandise. The above are all to try.
As we returned walking down Niederhutstrasse to our car parked beyond the Tor of the same name, we were bewitched by the smell of fresh bread eminating from this bakery. We bought a small heavy-grained loaf for late snacks (like with Leberkase and onion and beer). This is one of the dividends of touring from an apartment (in our case a time-share). To tide us over on our drive we also bought 2 large fresh pretzels, The bakery ads say it opened in 1898. The tasting confirms the statement.
the Streets....Ahrweiler is a small Town, around 9000 people life here.
Favorite Dish: as long as it was vegeterian, pasta and Zwiebelkuchen.....onioncake, very tasty savoury piece of local cuisine, goes down well with a drop of Ahrwine:-)0
Now that you all know what a "Straussenwirtschaft" is, I've got one to recommend in Ahrweiler. Körtgen's Weinstube is located in the middle of Ahrweiler's wonderful old town, just a stone's throw from the market square. They've got a wonderful yard protected by trees and pavillions.
Favorite Dish: Along with my surprisingly heavy Pinot Noir from the Mayschoss vintner's association I had a great fresh salad with marinated chicken and a light sour cream dressing. Brilliant arrangement, excellent value for money.
The salad was EUR 7,-
The glass of wine was EUR 4,80
I told you, Ahr wines were expensive!
Full disabled access to the yard, 1 step to inside seating and shop. Public disabled restroom just around the corner.