New to Germany!
We've just moved to Germany, the Rhineland-Pfalz area, and don't have a clue where to eat! Do you all have any suggestions? We are in the Kaiserslautern area and we are close to the French border as well, near Nice. Yes, we're military... We are willing to drive a ways to find quality food! Please help.
I also really like dry, red wine, any ideas? I've found a winery called "Die Winzzer von Sonnenberg" that I really like. I plan on doing a "wine probe" there and we'll post our reviews here.
Thanks in advance,
Judging from the amount of replies, you would think that Germany is a culinary desert. Not so, but you have to pick carefully and/or develop a taste for heavy food. But the following is as sophistcated as it gets: Weinhaus Becker in Trier (a lovely Roman town, well worth a weekend visit). The restaurant is run by a young couple, the chef got his first Michelin-star last year and his wife is the maitre-d'hotel. They also produces some quiet good wine, and if you ask for recomendations you will get top class German wines - even red. The place has a web page, see below.
Hi. We're also in the K-town area. You might want to try Uwe Tomato in the Kaiserslautern fussganger zone. It's expensive, but wonderful. In Kindsbach - between Kaiserslautern and Landstuhl - Il Gallo Nero is a good Italian restaurant (the owner's from Tuscany). In Landstuhl, the Trattoria Da Maria is also a good Italian restaurant. On B-270, past Hohenecken the residence hotel on the Gelterswoog is another expensive, but good, Italian restaurant at the edge of the lake. The owner's from Friuli in northern Italy. Near Homburg, there's a terrific German food place. Here's the link for it http://www.restaurantdiescheune.de/
Another good special occasion place is the Burg Lichtenstein by Kusel. It's good German food on the upscale side in castle ruins on the top of a hill. In Queidersbach, near Landstuhl, you could try the Hotel Sickingerhof which has good, basic German food.
Some people think German food is heavy because the meal usually includes meat and potatoes or dumplings or noodles of some sort. North Germans (and Norwegians) usually have potatoes. My Schwaben husband always wanted Spaetlze and made excellent ones with his mother's recipe. When you grow up eating like this, it's not heavy it's normal. If you don't have some type of potatoes or noodles or dumplings with your meal, you're hungry in 2 hours. Sashinka, I'm glad to see you're getting off base. You can get a Baedeker's Travel Guide in English at the PX. Many of the small Gasthoefe have excellent food. I have never seen a Chinese restaurant in Germany that has Mu Shu Pork, although I have found some good Chinese restaurants. Some of the Indian restaurants are good too. The food in the Italian restaurants here is different than what you usually get in the US. And, of course, Germany has been conquered by the Americans - some areas have McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut (and also KFC) on every other corner. I even saw a Subway in a small town near Berlin in east Germany!
I'm still trying to find how any place in Germany can be near Nice, which is in southeastern France close to the Italian border.
There is excellent wine in your region, and in neighbouring Alsace in France, but most of it is white - there are more good red wines than there used to be, and of course wine from all over Europe is readily available.
I think Sashinka may no longer be where she is - her posting was from 2003 I just noticed.
Perhaps she moved to neighboring Nice? <g>
There was a good review of German food and restaurants in a recent NYT (hope I'm not violating Chow etiquette by referring to that mainstream publication) - German food, boring no more. Personally, I think it's gotten much much better, and Germany is in many ways more creative than France, at least when it comes to the smaller hidden away places.