The late Anthony Bourdain knew that to find the best foodie experiences, one should follow the locals. And the locals in France know that Alsace is a joy for your palate.
Bourdain did not keep his love for this region secret. On the contrary, he frequently traveled there to get a fill of the rich, hearty tastes of the area.
At his restaurant in New York, The Halles, Bourdain also recreated the Choucroute Garnie, a dish from the region. This is a true recipe for the brave: a platter of cured meat, potatoes, and other meat that you have to eat on your own.
A region full of charm
Alsace is full of small, charming villages and towns, and they all offer you unforgettable taste adventures. No matter where you go, you will find food that is not light on your arteries but can fill your stomach and heart.
When it is safe to travel again, after the Covid-era, be sure to add this little gem to your travel bucket list. Family-run restaurants will need your support more than ever, and they will repay you with a generous fill of French flavors.
You do not know where to start with your exploration? Here are three suggestions that, for sure, Anthony Bourdain would warmly approve of.
Enjoy the stew of Restaurant Am Lindenplatzel
With its renowned artisan butchers and mouth-watering smoked and cured meats, Alsace is a place for meat lovers. To get the first taste, pay a visit to Restaurant Am Lindenplatzel in the picturesque village of Mittelbergheim.
Here, be sure to order a Baeckeoffe, a traditional stew that was originally a simple recipe by local farmers. At the restaurant, they add ingredients like foie gras, slow-braised beef, and home-cured sauerkraut for a deluxe version.
To make the most of your visit, share a Matelote de Poissons au Riesling with your travel companions. After all, you do not want to miss great Michelin-starred cooking.
A true gourmet experience at Restaurant Maison Rouge in Colmar
Do not get distracted by the other Maison Rouge restaurants all around France: the one in Colmar is the real deal. Chef Jean Kreutz knows how to serve genuine French cuisine.
Far from being a tourist trap, this eatery is a favorite among locals. Remembering Bourdain's advice, you can find the real wonders in the side streets.
As you walk in, the lovely aroma of a roasting spit-roast will confirm that you are indeed in the right place. Cured meat, foie gras, and crunchy homemade baguettes are waiting for you: just remember to breathe in between delicious bites.
The secret recipe of Table Du 5
In the town of Barr, the restaurant of 5 Terres Hotel has something special waiting for you. The Poulet in Riesling is a well-kept secret and the restaurant's special dish.
It is not possible to describe this complicated meal made up of many different ingredients. You are going to have to book a table and try this exclusive Alsacian recipe for yourself.
Naturally, we are not forgetting about the wines. Stay clear of tourist groups and visit smaller cellars for a most authentic experience.