In the Frankfurt region of Germany, the twisted branches of the spruce tree--in German, 'Fichte'--is the sign to a traveler that apple wine is on the menu. Fichtekränzi in Sachsenhausen, founded in 1849, is one of the oldest apple wine restaurants in the city, and is a great place to sample this traditional local beverage. The restaurant's logo is in fact, a Fichte ring.
I visited Fichtekränzi on a spring evening. It was too cool yet to sit in the garden, so our group gathered around a communal table inside. We enjoyed a Bembel (crockery jug) of apple wine, along with a range of dishes that included Schnitzel, Flammkuchen from nearby Alsace and an excellent poached salmon with salad. The sides were local, from Schneegestöber (a spread of Camembert, onions, butter, cream cheese, and carraway seeds) to potatoes with Frankfurter 'green sauce'. The verdict: superb renditions of dishes from the Frankfurt kitchen, and delicious options for carnivores and vegetarians alike!
Go for the local color and the apple wine, stay to enjoy the excellent food and friendly service. This is an apple wine restaurant with plenty of Gemütlichkeit, that uniquely German sense of belonging and coziness.