Dicke Lilli, gutes Kind: Vintage style
This vintage style café, located on Gaustraße (not far from Schillerplatz), has become a new trendy spot. They offer organic breakfasts, cakes as well as all kinds of warm dishes and are open Tue-Sun.Related to:
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Asia Family: Asian Fast Food in Mainz (V)
Due to its small size and rather uninviting front, it is often left aside. Asia Family is a small Asian fast food restaurant with huge home-made Chinese/Vietnamese dishes. Not the place you would take your date out for dinner but a place to get some decent-priced food. Good place for a lunch break. If you are a friend of Asian fast food, give it a try. Here, you get the taste of home-made food you miss in some similar place like Meet&Eat.
Gets often full at busy times like Saturday afternoon.
Favorite Dish: Had a fried rice dish and was more than satisfied.
Thai Style: Asian Fast Food in Mainz (IV)
Small local chain of Thai restaurants somewhere between a fast food place and a real restaurant. You may know the concept from Thai Express or Zäb, but Thai Style is a little more down to earth. For those who put a value on the interior decoration of the restaurant - this is down to earth too and far away from the stylish designs of Thai Express. Food however is good here at Thai Style with the usual dishes available on offer. Thai Style also offers all dishes to take away. Good option if you want some Asian-style food and want more quality than in an Asian fast food stall like Meet&Eat.
ZÄB Thai: Asian Fast Food in Mainz (III)
Informal Thai restaurant with a balance somewhere between solid restaurant and fast food. The concept is similar to the one of Thai Style and Thai Express, two small local chains. What makes Zäb special is the set of two menues - one with the "normal" dishes and one with authentic, non-westernized dishes. The staff is friendly and will help you out if you want to try one of the "exotic" dishes. Large choice of juices and cocktails are available. Prices are surprisingly good.
Berliner Gemüse-Kebap: A very special kebap stall
Usually, I do not include fast food kebab stalls – unless they are really special. This one can be called Mainz's most famous and stands high on the locals recommendation list for a Döner Kebap Sandwich.
The reason is pretty simple: They add fried vegetables to this Turkish-German snack and have vegetarian versions of it. Of course, you can leave the vegetables out or add some ingredient as in any other kebab stall. Good place also for a snack after a night out as it is open until 5 am on weekends. Prices are comparable to other kebab stalls, but Berliner Gemüse Kebap gives you more value for the money.Related to:
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Thai Express: Asian fast food in Mainz (II)
Thai Express is a small chain of Thai restaurants in the Rhein/Main area with one restaurant in Frankfurt, one in Wiesbaden and two in Mainz. The menu is not exciting, but has the typical Thai dishes known to Westerners which are just varied in type of meat and sauce. Food is freshly prepared with order and pickup at the counter. However, food quality and size of the dishes are better than in comparable Asian fast food restaurants. The place has big TV screens running which gives them more the atmosphere of a loft than of a Thai restaurant. Prices for a main dish are comparable to those of similar restaurants - around 6 to 10 EUR for main dishes (2014).
If you know one of the other Thai Express already, you may know what to expect. However, the Wiesbaden Thai Express has the food delivered to your table (while you still order at the counter) and serves as a cocktail bar in the later hours.
Favorite Dish: Had the chilli/basilicum duck and the curry/cocos duck. Both were very good!
This place is an excellent one to eat Flammkuchen (Tarte Flambée, a kind of thin, southwest German/Alsatian Pizza). You get excellent quality and more than good value for the money.
There is one negative point: The place is always full for dinner – reservations are highly recommended. Even if you have reserved a table you have the feeling that you are in an overcrowded room. In my opinion, they bit off more than they could chew with their restaurant. Some tables (when you enter, left hand in the back) are OK to have drinks and light snacks, but far too small to eat a flammkuchen comfortably.
Meet & Eat: Asian Fast Food in Mainz (I)
You may be a little confused when you enter – there are dishes on offer as well as a buffet. You can pile up as much as you want on a small plate (5,50 EUR – all prices as of late 2013) or large plate (6,90 EUR). However, you usually save some money if you ask for one of the dishes displayed on offer. They are in the 5,00 – 6,00 EUR range and are put on even larger plates than the large 6,90 EUR dish.
Unusual for an Asian fast food place, you can even have sushi on your buffet dish. In this case, you save money taking the buffet – if you like the sushi pieces which are on offer. Meet and Eat is not the place for a candlelight dinner and just offers well-known Asian dishes adapted to the German taste. Surely, it's not a culinary highlight, but still more than just OK. It is good value for the money, good for a lunch break or a quick grub in the evening.Related to:
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Cafe Extra Blatt: Cafe Extra Blatt
This is a very trendy, cool and relaxed cafe in the market place in the shadow of the Cathedral. Despite its excellent food and location the prices are very reasonable. The staff are also extremely friendly, and even though they all seem to speak perfect English, they are very happy to let you practice your German without getting flustered and trying to rush you. I came here for lunch and enjoyed a big plate of food, and a three-quarter litre glass of mineral water for less than ten euros. We came back later for drinks a couple of nights running, and it was a great place for an evening drink as well.
Restaurant Da Vito: Restaurant Da Vito
After walking around town for a decent Italian restaurant we were very lucky to come across this little place. Cheap, tasty, authentic Italian food with very fast and friendly service. It even impressed my fussy Italian friend. The menu was extensive, with all kinds of pizzas, as well as pasta dishes, to suit pretty much every taste. The food was particularly good value, with at only around 5-6 euro for a big pizza. The staff spoke English and took orders on an electronic PDA to make sure everything was spot on. I'd go back there and eat again any day.
This is an inexpensive but well located cafe/restaurant in the city centre with a nice spot on Neubrunnenplatz. It's let down only by its service which is slow, a little haphazard, though not unfriendly. They really need more staff to reduce the stress on the workers and speed up the service. The food though is good, and my burger was one of the best I've had in Germany. There's plenty of vegetarian options and a solid breakfast menu. It's probably best to avoid eating here when it's busy unless you don't mind relaxing by the fountain in the square.
Favorite Dish: Burgers.
Bistro Bei Vincenzo: Bistro Bei Vincenzo
I enjoyed my pasta here, but I've had better. My Milanese friend wasn't overly impressed, although it was definitely authentic Italian, unlike some of the other places in town. The guys were all from the Naples region, according to my friend, judging by the strong accents. Not great, but not bad either, and a safe choice for Italian food if you are on this side of town.
Update: This place seems to have closed.
Brauhaus Castel: The other Brewery Restaurant in Mainz
Brauhaus Castel, located in Mainz Kastel, is a local hangout for both Germans and Americans. Situated near several American bases in the Wiesbaden area, the restaurant is used to hosting large crowds of Americans on a regular basis. Their servers all speak good English, they have English menus and they serve good beer and traditional German food.
Brauhaus Castel brews three types of beer: Helles, Dunkel and Weisen. I prefer the Dunkel but the other two are okay. Their food is very tasty and I have yet to get a bad dish there (and I’ve been their way too often). On my last visit I had their seasonal pumpkin soup and a soft pretzel. The soup was awesome and I highly recommend it.
Mainz has two brewers, Brauhaus Castel and Eisgrub Brau. Both are good destinations after a tour of Mainz. Eisgrub Brau, located in Mainz proper, is often crowded, especially when football (American soccer) is playing on TV. Brauhaus Castel can also get crowded and sometimes they don’t have enough servers to meet the demand for service.
Favorite Dish: Pumpkin soup when it is in season.Related to:
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kamin: Pick your Flammkuchen
If you like Flammkuchen this is the place for you. If you enjoy eating your dinner in front of a nice warm fire then this is the place for you. If you like both, pick up the phone and make your reservation now (and you will probably need one to get a seat).
Kamin specializes in Flammkuchen (thin pizza-like dishes) and has over 20 different types in includding their dessert ones. One we tried was called a Mainzer that had onions, bacon bits and potatoes on it (weird but tasty). If they don't have one on the menu you like I'm pretty sure they will make one to your taste. If you like spicy they have one for you!
During hunting season they also have a special burger - Wild Boar! I had to have it and it was pretty good. Not a lot of meat but it had a good taste (it just tasted lean). The owner stopped by and told us that the cook was also a hunter and he bagged the boar and brought it back to the restaurant to prepare it. Only in Germany!
The restaurant has been open three years now and has a very pleasant atmosphere to include the crackling fire I mentioned earlier. I would recommend making reservations since it seems a pretty popular place. The Thursday evening we went every table was reserved and we were forced to eat at a small table designed more for relaxing and sipping drinks.
The waitresses were very friendly and spoke very good English. The owner was also very nice and willing to talk to us about his restaurant and the food. He even took our drink orders. They only have two English menus but since we were the only Americans in the place it wasn't an issue.
Favorite Dish: You have to go with the Flammkuchen. If you want to say you've eaten wild boar then get the burger.Related to:
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Extrablatt: Market Square Cafe
This is a great local cafe with a very good location in Market Square.
Before going to St.Martin's Cathedral we sat in this cafe outside, right opposite the cathedral entrance itself.
It was a kind of meditation having coffee there when you sit and think, “You are here, in this ancient square, just sitting and pondering…”Related to:
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