A Great Place to Eat in Frankfurt-Cafe Größenwahn
Rejoice, all ye who must travel to Frankfurt for boring business travel. The search results for good chow are always depressing when you type in "Frankfurt", but here is a restaurant to save you!
My partner has been in Frankfurt for work over the past two months. A German co-worker turned him onto this place. It's two steps above the standard, traditional Frankfurt tavern, but still retains a wonderful, cozy atmosphere. For lack of an easier analogy I'm going to go out on a limb and categorize this joint as a gastropub (eeek, I know) a la The Spotted Pig in New York http://bit.ly/c5Y1q1 or the Anchor and Hope in London http://bit.ly/3ZGhmK only without the pretense, crowds or high prices. You can get local favorites like Handkas mit Musik (fresh cheese marinated with herbs) and Frankfurter Grune Sosse (eggs/potatoes/anything else in a creamy herb sauce), but also great spins on the classics like a curried lamb shank.
There are no tourists here. Bring a phrasebook that has a good food glossary (I'm sure there is an app for that, but http://bit.ly/ddVv2n). If it isn't TOO busy someone can probably help you through the menu. Do yourself a favor and call ahead for a table (this can be done the same day, no need to plan too far ahead). Take a cab there and ask them to come pick you up in a couple of hours or walk off that lovely dinner you just had.
Last night, three of us ate for less than 80 Euros (3 apps., 3 mains, 3 glasses of wine and a bottle of water). Here is a menu sampling:
Avocado salad with coriander vinaigrette
Steamed artichoke with fresh mayonnaise
Braised rabbit with fresh tagliatelle
Curried lamb shank with potatoes and vegetables
....and of course a variety of pork dishes!
There is also a great selection of beer, wine and Apfelwein. We didn't try the deserts, as Frankfurt has no shortage of ice cream shops and it has been very hot here this summer. I really can't recommend this place enough. It is definitely one of the best meals I've ever had in Germany.