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Aug 14, 2009 09:04 PM

French-German Border Recs?

My daughter and I are heading to the French - German border this fall and are wondering if anyone has any recommendations for us. It doesn't need to be outrageously priced, but definitely good food. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Where exactly are you going? It's a long way from Dunkerque to Basel...

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    1. re: monchique

      It's a long way, but just from Thionville to Basel.

      I can't talk about mid-range food but it is one of the hot places for fine dining. It starts West with Christian Bau's wonderful Schloss Berg in Perl, Germany. Then again there is the famous l'Arnsbourg in Baerenthal (France). Some people like the new three star Erfort in Sarrebrück, and it's definitely one of the most affordable three star restaurants anywhere. Next to Baden-Baden is another legendary German three stars, Wohlfahrt at Schwarzwaldstube. Close to Colmar is the legendary French three stars l'Auberge de l'Ill, many people's favourite restaurant anywhere, very traditional. The best cheese shop in the world is Anthony's in Vieux Ferrette. I like Le Bistrots des Saveurs in Obernai as well, and le Cerf of course in Marlenheim.

      1. re: souphie

        Sorry Souphie, je plaisantais... I hope my friends from Belgium and Luxemburg won't get too upset.
        Seriously, there are so many good, excellent, and superb restaurants in the area! I think for example that the triangle Riquewhir - Ribeauvillé - Illhaeusern is worth spending a couple of days on its own. So shortening the range would help.

        1. re: monchique

          Also across the Rhine, right near the Schwarzwaldstube, is another really good 3 star, the restaurant in the Hotel Bareiss, Gärtenbühlweg 14
          72270 Baiersbronn-Mitteltal Deutschland

          Telefon +49 (0) 7442 47-0
          Telefax +49 (0) 7442 47-320


    2. Yes, we too have found the "Riquewihr/ Ribeauvillé / Illhaeusern" area a great place for fine dining -- and we love the white wines, especially the truly dry Rieslings. (Give the local pinot noirs a try as well; they are light, but good, and available almost nowhere else.)

      In addition to the places already listed, we've also liked, just outside the beautiful village of Riquewihr, Le Auberge du Schoenenbourg. And not too far away, in the almost equally beautiful village of Eguisheim, we've enjoyed La Grangeliere.

      We know that many love the famous l'Auberge de l'Ill. We had a less-than-great experience there, but admittedly that was in the dark ages before the smoking ban of 2008. The couple next to us smoked literally 1.5 packs of cigarettes between them over three hours, despite the fact that we had asked for (in writing, in French, no less!) and been guaranteed the non-smoking section. Afterward, however, the Haeberlin family, to their great credit, offered to make it right and give us another dinner, and so we walked away with an overall good impression -- and the food was superb.

      Links to all -- and a few other, more simple local places -- are on our site (although at the moment there seems to be a problem with Schoenenbourg's web site).

      -- Jake Dear (http://parisandbeyondinfrance.blogspo... )

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      1. re: Jake Dear

        A nice Pinot Gris from Trimbach will take you happily and reasonably cheaply through a full meal from the foie-gras to the dessert... A good way of saving money on wines!
        I had one of the best meals in my life at l'Auberge de l'ill... and guess what we drunk.

      2. if you're going to be near Heidelberg a trip to Piccolo Mondo on the edge of the altstadt would add to your culinary enjoyment...we were just there and, after 25 years, it remains one of our favorite restaurants in the world