Our Anniversary to Italy: Part 9 – Eating in Strasbourg

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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!

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Daraius and Emily at Le Tire Bouchon

Our Anniversary to Italy – Trip Report Index:

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.

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

On our first night, we went for dinner at Winstub Le Clou for traditional Alsatian cuisine.

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We Went to Winstub Le Clou for Dinner

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.

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The Winstub Le Clou Menu
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…
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We Ordered a Foie Gras Appetizer

and an onion tart for our appetizers.

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We Also Ordered an Onion Tart

Daraius is clumsy so half ended up on his shirt!

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Daraius Spilt a Little Wine on his Shirt

We shared a chicken with mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle for our main course.

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We Shared a Chicken With Mushroom Cream Sauce and Spaetzle Entree

I had a Riesling and Daraius had a Gewürztraminer.  The wine was served in cute flower themed glasses.

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Our Wine was Served in Cute 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).

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Winstub Le Clou Extensive Dessert Menu

For dessert, we had crème brulee…

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We Ordered a Creme Brulee

and fresh blueberry tart.

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We Also Ordered a 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.

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We had Lunch at Le Tire Bouchon

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!

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The Menu for Le Tire Bouchon is Posted Outside

They had an extensive menu.  The set menus ranged from 23 euro (~$31) onwards.

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Le Tire Bouchon’s Extensive Menu

The prices were a little high with most main courses starting at 18 euro (~$25).

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Main Courses Started at 18 euro or ~$25

Le Tire Bouchon was a tiny and cozy restaurant.

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Daraius and Emily Enjoying Lunch at Le Tire Bouchon

We ordered a bottle of wine, and bone marrow to start.

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Our Bone Marrow Appetizer

Daraius had veal kidneys in mustard, spaetzle, and the vegetable of the day.

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Daraius Got Veal Kidneys in Mustard

I had veal cordon bleu with cream, vegetable du jour and sautéed potatoes and spaetzle.

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Emily Choose the Veal Cordon Bleu

The portions were HUGE and we could have shared our main dishes.

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The Portions Were Very Large – Traditional Alscace Choucroute Garnie

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!

One evening, we went to La Corne D’ Or, a doner kebab restaurant for a kebab.  You’ll find quite a few of these diner kebab restaurants in Europe.

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The Menu at La Corne D’ Or

I ordered the doner frites which came with French fries.  It was good snack for 5 euro (~$7).

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Emily Ordered Doner Frites

If you walk around, you can find cheaper options for food.

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Small Cafes Offered Inexpensive Meals

We bought macarons.  They were almost as good as the macarons in Paris!

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We Bought a few Tasty Macarons

We also went into a supermarket.  Daraius loves the chocolate aisle.

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Checking out the Candy in the Supermarket

You could buy a baguette from Les Mains Dans La Farine or other bread shops and make your own meals.

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You can get Bread From Les Mains Dans la Farine Bakery

Another shop sold cakes & breads.

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Chocolate Cakes From Les Mains Dans le Farine Bakery

We went past Fritz Lutz, a butcher shop and charcuterie.

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Fritz Lutz Specializes in Charcuterie

There are also many cafes and bars that have cheap food from 3 to 8 euro (~$4 to $8).

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A Cafe With Cheap Food

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!

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French Hot Dog!

There were also cheap sandwiches and focaccia.

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Sandwiches and Focaccia To Go

4.   Café de l’Opera

For brunch, our friends took us to the Café de l’Opera.  It is located in the opera house.

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Cafe de l’Opera is Located in the Opera House

Every Sunday’s brunch has a different theme.

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Buffet Brunch at Cafe de l’Opera

This week, it was American themed, and our friends hoped we’d like the popcorn, waffles, and sweet corn!

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Waffles and Popcorn Were Included in the American-Themed Brunch Buffet

There was lots of other food including French cheeses, cold meats, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms…

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The Buffet Included Cheeses and Cold Meats

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.

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Juice Machine and Fruit to Make Fresh Juice

I really liked my fresh melon juice!  I also enjoyed eating my Nutella crepes, cheese, and baguette.

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There was Even Nutella!

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).

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The Exterior of Chez Yvonne

Chez Yvonne was decorated in an Alsatian theme.

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The Restaurant 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!

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Daraius With an Alsace Wine Flight

I love the Alsace region of France for their delicious wine!

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Delicious Flight of French Rieslings

We noticed that the wine glasses were almost three times the size of a water glass!

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The Wine Glass Was MUCH Bigger Than the 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!

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Foie Gras Appetizer Served 5 Ways

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!

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The Munster Cheese Pastry

For our main course, Daraius had a meat-a-thon with sausage, pork, sauerkraut, and boiled potatoes.

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Daraius Ordered an all Meat Entree

I had coc au vin, which was chicken served in a Riesling sauce…

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Emily Ordered the Coc au vin Riesling Entree

and I also ordered spaetzel.

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Emily Also Ordered a 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.

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Dessert was 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!

Bottom Line

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!

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