Where to Eat in Frankfurt, According to a Food Writer

In our May/June 2016 issue, AFAR sent food writer, author, and chef Ruth Reichl to Frankfurt, Germany, on 24 hours’ notice. There, Ruth found something amazing: Frankfurt might in fact be a secret foodie paradise. Follow her breadcrumbs to the best of Frankfurt’s eats.

Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This literally translates to “little market hall.” There are all kinds of stands serving every kind of food you can imagine. My favorite stand in there was this classic sausage place. It was dirt cheap, and I hadn’t ever heard of it. But my basic belief is if you see a line, you should get in it. And that place had a huge line. It’s called Frau Schreiber; the sausage there is fantastic. Also worth a visit: this great little Italian place that sells pasta and truffles.
Schweizer Str. 1, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Mario Lohninger is a serious, Michelin-starred chef. Every single thing I had at his Frankfurt restaurant was fantastic. The food is more Austrian than German, because Lohninger is Austrian. His father and mother both work there, him as the butcher and her as the baker. When you’re there, get the Weiner schnitzel—it was the best I’ve ever had.
Braubachstraße 18, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This modern restaurant could not be more different than the traditional cider taverns or the market hall. It’s a completely different way of looking at Frankfurt food. They really support local farmers, and they do these interesting art projects around food. They make little booklets surrounding some of the special dinners they do. For example, they might do an oyster night and make oysters a million different ways, then put a booklet together about it.
Elbestraße 15, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Plank Café is a swell little place to go drink a coffee. They also bake really nice pastries and have some lovely cheese plates if you’re hungry. Like the typical hip neighborhood coffeeshop, it’s always filled with people working on their laptops.
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