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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I went to Europe in September to celebrate our 2nd anniversary for ~2 weeks. It was my first time in Italy so I was very excited! In Italy, we visited Varenna on Lake Como, Milan, Venice, and Rome.
Since we were in Europe, we visited a friend in Strasbourg, France and also spent a night in Zurich. We started our trip with a one day layover in Chicago to see friends!
Our Anniversary to Italy – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Planning & Introduction
- Part 2 – Park Hyatt, Chicago
- Part 3 – One Day in Chicago
- Part 4 – Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
- Part 5 – Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge, London
- Part 6 – Under the Channel to Strasbourg
- Part 7 – Hotel Cathedrale, Strasbourg
- Part 8 – What did we do in Strasbourg
- Part 9 – Eating in Strasbourg
- Part 10 – Park Hyatt, Zurich
- Part 11 – 10 Hours in Zurich
- Part 12 – Hotel Eremo Gaudio in Varenna, Italy
- Part 13 – What to do in Varenna, Italy
- Part 14 – Eating in Varenna, Italy
- Part 15 – Park Hyatt, Milan
- Part 16 – What Did We Do in Milan
- Part 17 – Eating in Milan
- Part 18 – Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
- Part 19 – Around the Hilton Molino Stucky & Free Shuttle Boat Details
- Part 20 – What we did in Venice
- Part 21 – Eating in Venice
- Part 22 – Waldorf-Astoria, Rome Cavalieri
- Part 23 – Eating in Rome, Part 1
- Part 24 – Emily’s Best Meal Was in Italy!
- Part 25 – Rome Cavalieri Imperial Floor
- Part 26 – Activities in Rome
- Part 27 – Activities in Rome – Where to Go, What to See, How to Save Time
- Part 28 – Virgin Atlantic Flight from Europe to US
- Part 29 – Conclusion & Blog Giveaway
Eating in Strasbourg
Daraius and I tried several different restaurants while in Strasbourg. We enjoyed all of them, but our favorite was Le Tire Bouchon. We read about most of these restaurants in the Rick Steves’ France guidebook (our Amazon link) and some of them were also recommended on Chowhound.
- Winstub Le Clou
- Le Tire Bouchon
- Cheaper Options (La Corne D’ Or, Street Food, Doner Kabab etc.)
- Café de l’Opera
- Chez Yvonne
Note that the prices below include tax and gratuity (though you could round up the check with a few euro if the service was great).
1. Winstub Le Clou
In Strasbourg, the regional food includes foie gras, bone marrow, steak tartare, sausage, pork, sauerkraut & spaetzle (a type of pasta). I love the chicken or veal cordon bleu with a cream sauce and spaetzle.
It was about 8 to 18 euro (~$11 to $25) for an appetizer and about 15 to 20 euro (~$21 to $27) for a main course.
We ordered foie gras…
and an onion tart for our appetizers.
Daraius is clumsy so half ended up on his shirt!
We shared a chicken with mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle for our main course.
I had a Riesling and Daraius had a Gewürztraminer. The wine was served in cute flower themed glasses.
We liked the foie gras the best, and then the chicken, followed by the onion tart.
There were a lot of choices for dessert. Dessert cost 6 to 8 euro (~$8 to $11).
For dessert, we had crème brulee…
and fresh blueberry tart.
Both desserts were very good!
2. Le Tire Bouchon
We went for lunch at Le Tire Bouchon, which also served Alsatian cuisine. This was our favorite meal in Strasbourg.
Gaetan made reservations here and said it was one of the best in town. He said he and his friends went there when they graduated from medical school. It was also on Chowhound and in the Rick Steves’ France book.
The menu is posted outside the restaurant so you can decide if you want to eat there before you go in.
Gaetan said that the restaurant is filled with tourists, but since they were mostly French tourists, the food quality doesn’t suffer!
They had an extensive menu. The set menus ranged from 23 euro (~$31) onwards.
The prices were a little high with most main courses starting at 18 euro (~$25).
Le Tire Bouchon was a tiny and cozy restaurant.
We ordered a bottle of wine, and bone marrow to start.
Daraius had veal kidneys in mustard, spaetzle, and the vegetable of the day.
I had veal cordon bleu with cream, vegetable du jour and sautéed potatoes and spaetzle.
The portions were HUGE and we could have shared our main dishes.
We were so full from lunch that we did not have any dessert.
3. Cheaper Options – La Corne D’ Or & Others
There are lots of cheaper options for food including supermarkets, doner kebabs and hot dogs!
I ordered the doner frites which came with French fries. It was good snack for 5 euro (~$7).
If you walk around, you can find cheaper options for food.
We bought macarons. They were almost as good as the macarons in Paris!
We also went into a supermarket. Daraius loves the chocolate aisle.
You could buy a baguette from Les Mains Dans La Farine or other bread shops and make your own meals.
Another shop sold cakes & breads.
There are also many cafes and bars that have cheap food from 3 to 8 euro (~$4 to $8).
Food is much cheaper at these locations, but the food is usually take-away only. Which means that you walk and eat!
Daraius tried a French “Hot Dog” which was just a sausage in a baguette!
There were also cheap sandwiches and focaccia.
4. Café de l’Opera
For brunch, our friends took us to the Café de l’Opera. It is located in the opera house.
Every Sunday’s brunch has a different theme.
This week, it was American themed, and our friends hoped we’d like the popcorn, waffles, and sweet corn!
There was lots of other food including French cheeses, cold meats, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms…
french fries, chocolate and pear tarts, breads, Nutella, crepes, tea, and coffee.
There were bowls of pears, cantaloupe, and other fruits and a juice machine to make your own fresh juice.
I really liked my fresh melon juice! I also enjoyed eating my Nutella crepes, cheese, and baguette.
5. Chez Yvonne
One evening we went for more Alsatian food at Chez Yvonne. Appetizers are 5 to 22 euro (~$7 to $30), and main courses are 14 to 25 euro (~$19 to $35).
Chez Yvonne was decorated in an Alsatian theme.
I was looking forward to my chicken with Riesling which was on the menu (and is one of my favorite meals). But first we ordered an Alsace wine flight, which came with 3 different kinds of Rieslings!
I love the Alsace region of France for their delicious wine!
We noticed that the wine glasses were almost three times the size of a water glass!
For our appetizer, we ordered foie gras, which came with a foie gras macaron, 3 different types of foie gras, and foie gras crème brulee!
I really liked the various flavors and textures, and thought the foie gras macaron and crème brulee was very imaginative!
We also had a munster cheese puff pastry, but I thought the cheese was too salty. Munster smells, so be careful if you haven’t tried it before!
For our main course, Daraius had a meat-a-thon with sausage, pork, sauerkraut, and boiled potatoes.
I had coc au vin, which was chicken served in a Riesling sauce…
and I also ordered spaetzel.
I enjoyed my dinner, but it did not come with enough sauce and was a little bland (though the chicken was very tender).
Dessert was the best part of the meal. We ordered one scoop of pear sorbet.
It tasted like they had plucked the pear from the tree that morning and made it into a sorbet in the afternoon. It was so fresh!
The food in Alsace is very hearty & tasty.
You don’t have to eat in restaurants all the time and there are lots of options for cheaper food!