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JSC1 Apr 25, 2007 10:59 AM

I will be staying in Strasbourg for a few days and would love some advice on where to eat. Cheap or expensive, the only criteria is if it's good. I am also really into Alsatian wines. I will also be in the Rhine and Mosel Valleys. Thanks.

  1. rjkaneda Apr 26, 2007 04:07 AM

    Chez Yvonne was a great great winstub in Strasbourg. I understand that Yvonne herself retired a few years ago but that the owners tried to "keep it the same." Haven't been there, but it may be worth a try.

    http://www.chez-yvonne.net/francais/w...

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      PhilD Apr 26, 2007 09:03 AM

      L' Auberge de L'Ill is a three star very near Colmar which is in the heart of Alsace. It is very, very good. It sits by a river in quite an idyllic setting. We had lunch there just before Christmas and really enjoyed it - the local wines recommended by the sommelier were especially good.

      I have eaten at quite a number of the other starred restaurants in Alsace (but not in Strasbourg itself) and this one beats all the others. I hear mixed things about Le Crocodile in Strasbourg and walked past it whilst there - to be honest whilst it looked nice it didn't have the fantastic setting L'Auverge has.

      Check out this link for a very accurate review on "Opinionated about dining" - http://oad.typepad.com/oa/france_form...

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        cornFusion Jun 22, 2007 06:09 AM

        L'Auberge ... what a disappointment. I would rather pay good money at little holes in the wall than that place. If you are an American with little knowledge of the language - just stay away from that place. I was VERY disappointed (nay, aghast!) at the food AND service there .

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          Bigos Jun 22, 2007 12:25 PM

          Wow, what happened?!

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            cornFusion Jun 23, 2007 03:16 PM

            Its a long story - the short form is that about 50 friends converged on Alsace to have dinner with an old friend celebrating his 40th. His wife being american (with a very good grasp of the language) organized the whole affair. When we went for dinner we were treated miserably - for example the wine (in bottles) was dropped unceremoniously at the table and the waitress left ..with the corkscrew left on the table! Service was abrupt, food totally immemorable. If it was not the people attending, who made the party happen - it certainly was not the food nor the service - and the cost was astronimocal.

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              PhilD Jul 13, 2007 12:45 AM

              Are you certain it is the same place?

              L'Auberge has been a 3 star restaurant for decades and has very high standards of service. In my experience the service was some of the best I had in France and we lived in Paris for over two years eating in many top restaurants.

              I am very surprised by the wine comment. I remember at last 3 sommeliers working when we visited and I just can't see a 3 star restaurant leaving a guest to open and serve their own wine.

              The day we visited there was a large family party (wedding, or birthday) with 30 or 40 gusts and they seemed to be have the same level of service we received, therefore they seem to handle parties well.

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      trishiary Jun 21, 2007 10:43 AM

      Hope you haven't been already. Strasbourg is a lovely town and there's lots to see, do and eat there. I lived there when I was an English assistant so afraid I can only offer opinions on moderately priced places. Also, last time I was there was 2003, during the heat wave, so things may have changed. One of my favorite places is La Cloche a Fromage (http://www.cheese-gourmet.com/): everything is made with cheese and it's delicious as well as a great value. The waiter I had there was very helpful and explained what all the cheeses were.

      There's also a cheap place frequented by students that has the best tartines around, L'Epicerie (not sure if they have a website; here's the address: 6, Rue du Vieux Seigle ) You sit at big communal tables with others.

      Have fun!

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        JSC1 Jun 22, 2007 06:04 AM

        Thanks, will be sure to have lunch there. It now looks like we will make our base Colmar and would love to get recs.

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          Bigos Jun 22, 2007 12:27 PM

          Here is fairly recent threat about Colmar environs:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361117

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            Demelza Jun 23, 2007 05:22 PM

            As the thread below has quite a bit of specific Colmar info, I'll add to recommendations in the near-by wine towns you are most likely to visit.

            --In Riquewihr, we quite like Table du Gourmet, a one-star with some very creative food, including interesting takes on traditional Alsatian dishes as well as more modern french.
            -- In Ribeauville, our favorite winstub (and a board favorite in the past too) is Zum Pfefferhus. (Not quite sure about the spelling there). Really great traditional food.
            -- We love tarte flambee, but make sure you find a place that does it in a wood burning oven or it isn't worth it.
            -- A tip on wines -- lots of good ones and famous ones, but you can often find some wonderful bargains at the co-op wineries. The Kayserberg Co-op is particularly good.
            -- Ever heard of Madame Christine Ferber and her amazing confitures and sweet/sours? Her little family grocery store is not far from Colmar in Niedermorshmir (sp?) Fabulous stuff, worth all the hype.
            -- If you like Domaine Weinbach, it is worth making an appointment to visit (not open except by appointment, but they are very happy to have you visit). Amazing wines. Not inexpensive, but truly amazing.

            Finally, the place that we usually stay (in Lapoutroie -- where both a majority of munsters and many eau de vies are made) has 2 restaurants, with the gourmet one being worth a dinner as Chantal Baldinger also has one of the best wine cellars in this part of France (they've won a number of awards for it). Hotel du Faude, http://www.faude.com/faude-en/index.htm

            Have fun... I was originaly supposed to be there this weekend.

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          mnwinship Jun 22, 2007 01:22 PM

          We had the best meal of our trip to Strasbourg at Le Pont des Chats (sorry for any mispelling); simply prepared and delicious food, it was recommended in the Michelin guides as well. Also fun for a visit was the cellar at the Hopital, which apparently boasts the oldest wine, although you have to be on a group tour to see it.

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            twisty cup Jun 25, 2007 11:43 AM

            A few favorites in and around Strasbourg:
            - Patisserie Naegel (9, rue des Orfèvres) - Great bakery: croissants, beignets, tarts
            - L'osthof - A traditional Alsatian restaurant in Eckwersheim, about 15km outside Strasbourg. I had the best flammekeuche there: http://www.losthof.fr/ang/index.html

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