Eating in Frankfurt
Unlike Bilbao, Lyon or Florence nobody comes to Frankfurt to eat – yet Frankfurt even without famous gourmet temples, offers a general gastronomic scenario that will surprise the most discerning diner!
Authentic first class international cuisine
First of all …. Germans travel a lot and are (well, not all, many still insist on a schnitzel at their Puerto de la Cruz bodega or a bratwurst at the Pattaya beach bar) very keen to experiment and, once they gain the taste, demanding. The result is that, in larger cities at least, foreign restaurants – we will get to German food later - serving excellent authentic dishes abound; a Greek restaurant in Frankfurt is frequently better than a similar one in Athens or Thessaloniki and almost certainly a lot superior to the average Greek you are likely to find in London, Paris or Boston.
This applies generally – granted Paris has excellent Cambodian restaurants and London’s Indian restaurants are superb – to all nationalities, and Frankfurt has 170! Additionally, these restaurants – contrary to the handful of really good Italians in London or Paris - are affordable, and one doesn’t have to reserve months ahead.
Many restaurants are family owned, so sometimes the “professionality” (ie. turnover oriented!) encountered in more chain system restaurants or manager run establishments is missing, but the spontaneity and relaxed atmosphere more than compensates; a dress code is practically inexistent, and guests who book a table for 8 pm can, after a long enjoyable dinner, stay way beyond their dessert and linger with a glass of wine or a cognac until closing time.
Frankfurt food: Green sauce, Handkäs and Apple wine
German cuisine is regional, so, just as in Italy or France where one eats Tuscan or Provençal dishes, in Germany one eats Bavarian, Swabian or Hessian. Sure there are “German” restaurants serving a selection of classic evergreens which every foreigner associates with German cuisine, some are even good, but many aren’t – they are found mostly in tourist zones and have little to offer what authenticity or regional products concern.
Frankfurt is known for its apple wine or cider, and many centuries old taverns offer genuine regional dishes and Frankfurt specialities – don’t miss the refreshing Grüne Sosse or, at least try the pungent Handkäse.