We really enjoyed the food in Strasbourg. There’s a strong German influence, but better than the food in Germany, and sometimes adding a French style of preparation.
The specialty of Maison des Tanneurs is choucroute. We both had choucroute and riesling there on our first evening in Strasbourg. The waiter brought out a large platter of food and served us. We like sauerkraut, but we couldn’t finish this mound of sauerkraut, much less the mound still left in the platter. Apparently, the full name is choucroute garnie, sauerkraut garnished with sausages, salted meat, and potatoes. The waiter assured us that the riesling is dry, unlike rieslings in the US that are too sweet. The riesling was dry and very good.
We had an excellent seafood lunch at Perles de Saveurs, a restaurant across from our apartment. As in other cities, Strasbourg restaurants offer lunch specials during the week. Living close to both restaurants, we made reservations, and both were full when we ate.
The apartment owner provided this delicious, huge kugelhopf. The two of us enjoyed it for days. An Alsatian specialty, it’s similar to the brioche breads we ate in Paris. On a walk we recognized the bakery from the name on the paper wrap.
We bought and ate roasted chestnuts from this cute stand and others like it. Roasted to perfection, the chestnuts peeled easily and tasted great. Probably the easiest-peeling chestnuts we’ve had, including the one we roast. Like everyone else, we peeled chestnuts as we walked, leaving a trail of husks behind. We tried roasted chestnuts at German Christmas markets, but they didn’t peel as easily, and they cost more.
Here’s a meal at our apartment. We bought the quiche from a bakery and supplemented it with vegetables, bread, wine, and orangina.
Not surprisingly, we’re fans of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a French chef born and raised near Strasbourg. He owns the Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City, and we try to eat there when we visit NYC.