Erfurt Restaurants and Food
From: Erfurt, Germany
Where to eat in Erfurt
Thuringia and its capital aren't a culinary mecca for vegans, but for the rest of us, the local kitchens offer a cornucopia of gastronomic goodness and excess.
I can personally recommendin the 16th Century Haus "Zum Güldenen Rade" on Marktstrasse. A local "Gastro-Test" gave this traditional restaurant five stars for food, cleanliness, service, and value, with four stars for drinks and decor. I had a first-rate and very filling meal of roast goose with red sauerkraut and Thuringian potato dumplings, served by an efficient (not to mention lovely) blond waitress who seemed surprised that I couldn't manage a second helping of dumplings. Köstritzer offers seasonal specialties year-round and even has a vegetarian menu. Be sure to try the Original Köstritzer Schwarzbier, "the dark beer with the blonde soul," which is a specialty of the 450-year-old brewery. In summer, you can dine or drink in an outdoor beer garden.
If you're looking for a quick pastry or snack at a reasonable price, tryon the Domplatz. Locals come here for pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and other drinks in a modern, cheery atmosphere. (Toilets are downstairs.)
For tips on the local beer scene, see Ron Pattison's Erfurt Pub Guide at Europeanbeerguide.net.
The Erfurt tourist office has a free bilingual Erfurt: Gastromischer Stadtbummel booklet with descriptions and photos of several dozen restaurants, ranging from the 11th Century(where groups of 15 can brew their own beer) to (upcale cuisine, with a list of 180 French and German wines) to , a "Wildwest-Romantik" eatery where you can enjoy Chili-Gerichte and other dishes with Countrymusik on Oldienight. For Italian dishes, Argentinian steaks, and pizza in atmospheric surroundings, try in the historic Guildhouse next to the Town Hall.
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