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Strasbourg - Local Cuisine

Some local cuisine experiences you shouldn’t miss when you visit Strasbourg.

Alsatian specialties are numerous and can be eaten in many traditional restaurants, in the city or in the neighborhood. Particularly you shouldn’t visit Alsace without having the sauerkraut (choucroute in French).

Choucroute seems to have a standard price throughout Alsace of 14 Euros. Don’t be too dismayed by this seemingly high price as what is brought to you is heaping plate of Sauerkraut (big enough for 2 people) as well as sausages and other meats. This is usually translated as "garnished sauerkraut" on English menus, when in doubt ask your server.

Other specialties include the Alsatian pork-butcher’s meat, Flammeküche or tartes flambées in French, which is a sort of wafer thin pizza made with onion-cream sauce, Baeckeoffe, beef and pork stew cooked, with potatoes and carrots, usually served for two or more persons and Fleischnackas, mixed beef meat presented like spirals and served with salads.

Une Fleur des Champs Organic and vegetarian food and beverage, a delicious and varied menu concocted daily from fresh produce and meat sellers in the area. They also offer bulk goods and produce for sale. Prices are modest and portions are large in a quiet, family style atmosphere.

Hotel Les Rives known for its restaurant, “Les Terrasses”. Recommended by the Michelin Guide and Gault & Millau, the restaurant allows the Chef Pierre Irion to submit his XXIth century terroir cuisine style. Le Domaine du Lac 244, rue de la République 68500 Guebwiller T. : +33.3.89.76.15.00 contact@domainedulac-alsace.com

Traditional restaurants

A l’ancienne douane ’To the old customs house’ on rue de la Douane, near the cathedral, next to the Ill river. A big restaurant for tourist groups. You are almost sure to find a place here even if you have no reservation. Mid-range prices.

Au petit bois vert, 1, Quai de la Bruche, in the Petite France district, serves well-prepared flams and Alsatian specialties in a small room with smiling waiters. The chef usually comes by at the end of the evening. Great terrace during the summer under a big tree on the bank of the river. No reservation, mid-range prices.

Kirn le restaurant, 17-19, rue du 22 novembre (at the intersection of Fossé des Tanneurs west of Place Kleber), ? +33 03 88 321610 (traiteur@kirn.fr, fax: +33 03 88 320865). The restaurant is above a fine Alsatian specialty food shop on the ground floor.

Au Dauphin, 13, place de la Cathédrale (on the corner of cathedral square next to Hotel de la Cathédrale; look for a red awning and walk through the inner courtyard to get to it), ? +33 0388 21 01 46 (au-dauphin@wanadoo.fr, fax: +33 0388 21 03 87). Try the choucroute aux trois poissons; it is very fresh and a wonderful take on the traditional sauerkraut dish. They also serve the traditional choucroute garnie, with up to seven types of meat, including headcheese.

Le Sanglier ’The boar’, on rue du Sanglier in the Carré d’Or district, near the cathedral. A small restaurant with a traditional setting. If you want a Baeckoffe, you must inform the restaurant 24h before. Mid-range prices.

Winstub La Vigne, 14, rue de Sébastopol (across the street from the Mc Donald’s at Les Halles shopping center), ? +33 03 88 220109. This charming and friendly winstub has more moderate prices than its counterparts in La Petite France or near the cathedral, with choucroute garnie and baeckoffe under €15 and bottles of Alsatian wine for about €20.

Sunday 20 May, 2012 | Donna Willis

Postscript

With the arrival of a high-speed train, this Alsatian city may become a weekend destination for party-goers in Europe.

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