Frankfurt - a culinary surprise!
Few people come to Frankfurt to eat, but the cruel reality is that no one comes to Frankfurt and doesn't eat. The good news is NOT that Germany's busiest city and Europe's financial hub has over 3000 restaurants with a fare from over 70 countries. No, the really good news is that Frankfurt, with its multicultural flair boasting the highest per-capita foreign population in Germany (30%) enjoys some of the best restaurants on the continent, and an outstanding quality-price ratio for fine dining. You may have come to a trade fair, or to a banking conference or you may be just passing through the airport but there is no reason for not eating well in Frankfurt!
So, if you thought that all there was in Frankfurt was, well, frankfurters with sauerkraut and beer, guess again. Don't even think of calling room service or settling for something dull like a take-out pizza, when Frankfurt hosts leading exponents of Neue Küche, German nouvelle cuisine, and mid-range wonders which serve creative versions of German classics, or for example some Greek restaurants, which prepare better Greek cuisine than you'll find in Athens -- and the area around Hanauerlandstrasse with its very mixed and hip crowd of Frankfurt's cultural elite. Of course, you can find the traditional "Frankfurter Würstchen" too, with a tangy dab of local mustard and a pint of lager, or a plate of Frankfurt brisket with its famous green herb sauce (grüne Sosse) made with 7 locally-grown herbs and ladeled over piping hot potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. A very popular dish ... and delicious.
If local is your thing, there are atmospheric applewine taverns in the lively area of Sachsenhausen or in the northerly direction, Alt Bornheim, just minutes from downtown Frankfurt, where you'll be served plates of the memorably strong but flavourful "Handkäs" cheese with onions and an earthenware pitcher of Frankfurt's own apfelwein (apple wine). The choices are plentiful, the variety stunningly eclectic. But the key is "choice".
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