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Heidelberg Eateries?

holualoa farmer May 5, 2009 07:17 PM

we'll be spending a couple of days this summer in Heidelberg...any eating recommendation...quality much more important than price...mahalo nui loa for your kokua

  1. MMRuth May 21, 2009 08:07 AM

    Since there aren't a lot of posts on Heidelberg here, I'm going to "recommend" a place that I really enjoyed when I was there almost ten years ago, that you might at least want to look into:

    Simplicissimus
    Address: Ingrimstr. 16, Heidelberg
    Phone: 06221/183-336

    http://www.restaurant-simplicissimus.de/english/index_e.html

    I recall the food, service and ambiance to be excellent, with some interesting German wines, including some reds. Sorry that I can't help with a more recent recommendations. I hope you'll post back though after your trip.

    Here's another rec. - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5133...

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      mr_gimlet Jun 14, 2009 03:12 AM

      I am going to be in Heidelberg for a couple of days in very early July. I've not been to Germany before, so was after a recommendation withing easy walk or public transport. We haven't done a lot of research as we are relying on friends who live close by for entertainment - but we still have a couple of meals to fill.

      Probably looking for something traditional rather than modern international (we have a month in Europe, so lots of France and Spain) and we are trying to keep to a moderate budget.

      Any suggestions? Michelin recommends Weinstube Jagerlust which appears to be on a tramline - there's a couple of other places but I don't know about public transport.

      Any help appreciated.

      1. re: mr_gimlet
        MMRuth Jun 14, 2009 05:37 AM

        Unfortunately - that's my one tip! Hope you have a wonderful time - lived there as a child as well and it's a beautiful city. If you want a couple of non-chow tips that you might not hit otherwise, feel free to email me - address in my profile.

    2. Behemoth Jun 15, 2009 01:50 PM

      I had a very nice lunch (with beer) at Kulturbrauerei:
      http://www.heidelberger-kulturbrauere...

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        Joe H Jul 7, 2009 08:26 PM

        I've been staying in Heidelberg at least once a year on business for almost twenty years. Over time I think I've tried about everything. I have yet to find a restaurant that was noteworthy although there are several that I enjoyed the ambience of. If you have a rental car you may want to consider driving down the A 5 about 100 or so km and turning off for Baiersbronn. This little village in the Black Forest has perhaps the two best restaurants in Germany, Bareiss and Schwarzwaldstube. They each have three Michelin stars. Bareiss will require a month's advance notice for a reservation and Schwarzwaldstube, arguably, is more difficult to get into than El Bulli. Each is well worth the effort and the drive.

        Heidelberg will have nothing memorable however.

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          holualoa farmer Jul 8, 2009 08:26 PM

          sounds great ...we'll give them your regards

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        rastan Aug 18, 2009 04:12 AM

        I was in Heidelberg this past weekend, and I had a pretty decent lunch at Vetter (www.brauhaus-vetter.de). I think they are better known for their beer, and that was certainly the most memorable part of the meal. Also, they serve a beer that is apparently in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the highest alcohol percentage: 33%. Didn’t get a chance to try it.

        Another place that was recommended (but I wasn’t able to make it to) was Zum Roten Ochsen (The Red Ox Inn: www.roterochsen.de).

        You may also want to try the nearby town of Schwetzingen. There are a few restaurants near the entrance to the palace gardens. I tried the Brauhaus (www.brauhaus-zum-ritter.de), and it was also pretty good – although the beer wasn’t that memorable.

        In both Heidelberg and Schwetzingen , beyond the expected sausages (bratwurst, etc.) and schnitzel, I saw a fair amount of “liver balls” (leberknodel) and, um… stomach sausage (saumagen)?

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          MMRuth Aug 18, 2009 04:19 AM

          If I recall correctly, Schwetzingen is famed for white asparagus when it is available in the spring.

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            rastan Aug 18, 2009 06:42 AM

            I believe it. I saw a few different images of white asparagus in Schwetzingen, plus in front of the Brauhaus there is a statue of a woman gathering asparagus. In the Netherlands, it’s also pretty popular in the springtime.

            Personally, I think the “white gold” is far inferior to green asparagus. It reminds me of the children’s book Bunnicula, with a vampire rabbit that fed by sucking the juices out of vegetables. Yep, white asparagus tastes like it has had the life sucked out of it. Still, I guess it’s okay in soup.

            1. re: rastan
              Joe H Aug 18, 2009 12:11 PM

              Respectfully, but I could not disagree with you more. Spargel is sweeter than green asparagus; I would use the analogy of sweet white corn to yellow corn.

              1. re: rastan
                linguafood Aug 23, 2009 02:03 PM

                Oh boy. Them are fightin' words to any hot-blooded German. Like this one.

                Spargel beats green asparagus by miles. It does depend on how you prepare it, I guess. Green asparagus is better for grilling or roasting, b/c of its general lack of flavor.

                White -- only needs to be steamed, and served with drawn butter, fresh parsley, new potatoes and smoked ham. Or just with butter. Yowzah.

                Only ... 9 more months till spargel season. Damn.

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            H0n3yb33 Sep 16, 2009 06:46 AM

            This is probably too late for you but will help out anyone else that wants to find good places to eat. I live in Heidelberg and I LOVE good food. Here are a few of the places I definitely recommend.

            I agree with the post on Simplicissimus, it is one of my favorites.
            http://www.restaurant-simplicissimus.de/

            Weisserbock Restaurant
            http://www.weisserbock.de/

            Goldener Anker
            http://www.goldener-anker-hd.de/home.php

            Schwarz Das Restaurant
            http://www.schwarzdasrestaurant.com/

            Oskars
            http://www.oskar-hd.de

            Hugos
            http://www.hugo-hd.de

            KulturBrauerei
            http://heidelberger-kulturbrauerei.de

            Enjoy!

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