Eating out in Frankfurt

cuisine in Frankfurt
Updated 2019-10-09 14:34

Frankfurt cuisine is specific and different from that other parts of Germany as it belongs to the centuries-old recipes of the region Hesse. The food in this area is a mix between the North and the South of the country and has these two German influences mixed with Turkish immigration. The typical German food in Frankfurt generally relies on sausages, sauerkraut and cheese. The city is very lively and has many places for every budget to try some of the local specialities.

The region is known for intense flavours, containing meat or cheese and is usually accompanied (unlike the other parts of the country where beer is the protagonist) with wine or a cider. Frankfurters are proud of their cuisine and maintain it as a real part of the tradition. To blend in the culture, it is important to try all of the typical dishes.

Popular dishes in Frankfurt

The specialities in Frankfurt are not adapted for vegans, and are not light; however, they can be hearty and tasty, especially on cold days. Some of these are:

  • Grüne Soße, or green sauce, is a paste made of spices (like borage, chives, chervil) mixed with quark, yoghurt or sour cream and served with boiled eggs. Some say that it was the favourite dish of the German author Goethe. Grüne Soße is fresh, cold and can be served with pork or veal. The secret of the recipe is that all of the herbs have to be grown in specific places so that the dish has the best taste.
  • Frankfurter Rippchen is a speciality consisting of cured cutlet, served together with sauerkraut, potato puree and usually mustard. This dish can be eaten in most of the restaurants in Frankfurt. The tradition says that the dish was made by people who didn't have enough food. Today, however, it is a speciality that proudly represents the Frankfurt culture.
  • Frankfurter Würst and Fleishwürst are soft sausages, famous as a street snack. These Würstel are usually made from smoked pork and are eaten with mustard, bread and sauerkraut.
  • Döner Kebab is one of the most famous Turkish dishes in the world, but with centuries it has become so important to the German culture, that it transformed into a typical dish for the country. This delicacy made of meat and vegetables in a wrap is the favourite street food in every German city, including Frankfurt.
  • Handkäse is a cheese made from sour milk, served with vinegar and onions. Germans have a joke about this dish and say that it comes “with music” intending that the onions are difficult to digest.
  • Frankfurter Kranz is one of the few typical sweet dishes of Frankfurt. This speciality is made of buttercream coated with crunchy crumbs and a cherry on the top.
  • Bethmännchen is a pastry made from almonds, which is typical for Christmas time and available in all of the shops to eat or to buy as a gift.

Popular drinks in Frankfurt

The ever-present expected beer can be found all over Germany. In Frankfurt surprisingly the tradition is slightly tilted and the most important drink (served with the typical dishes of the region) is Apfelwein. This alcoholic drink made of apple cider comes under the names Ebbelwoi, Äppler, Stöffsche, and Apfelmost.

The best places to eat out in Frankfurt

Being a lively city, Frankfurt has plenty of places to try its specialities, and every area of the city offers a wide range of restaurants. However, some of the best places to try traditional cuisine are:

  • Atschel in Sachsenhausen-Nord, great for home-cooked comfort food and typical recipes served alongside with Apfelwein
  • Kosterhof in Innenstadt which not only has great typical food but also charmingly depicts the German tradition
  • Zum Gemalten Haus, meaning “To the Painted House” is a beautiful place in Sachsenhausen-Nord filled with handpainted frescos and some of the best sausage plates in the city.
  • Apfelwein Wagner in Sachsenhausen is a great modern place with old-time favourite food
  • Zum Schwarzer Stern or “To the Black Star” is a great place located in Alstadt with a fantastic 15-century setting and a great view. The restaurant offers classical dishes, as well as fresh fish and the Bavarian speciality käsespetzle (which is a typical fresh pasta with cheese)

Some of the typical restaurants in Frankfurt offer high-end atmosphere along with higher prices. Luckily, the city offers as many exciting budget places which provide a large variety of international cuisine. Below are some of the most affordable places to eat out in Frankfurt:

  • Pizzeria da Cimino Frankfurt in Bockenheim which is a very famous restaurant for delicious Italian pizzas and pasta
  • IIMORI Patisserie in Alstadt which is a very cosy place offering a tasty breakfast buffet and is a great brunch option
  • Dönerboot Meral's Imbiss is an absolute must-visit as it not only offers kebabs on a boat but also drinks, fish and some tasty Turkish delicacies.
  • Falafel and Shawarma snack bar Aroma, in Innenstadt III, is a great for good quality Arabic delicacies which are famous among the natives
  • Marjan in Sachsenhausen-Nord is a Croatian restaurant with great food following the Balkan standards: large portions with a lot of good quality meat.

Traditional food in Frankfurt can bring understanding about the past of the Hesse region. Today, it is maintained and respected, with adding to it the tastiest details of world-famous international cuisines.

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