A tasty tour of Stuttgart
Leberkäs, Maultaschen, Spätzle, Schwarzwurst, washed down with a Viertele from the local vineyard and Schnäpsle to finish: Stuttgart’s menus are bursting with irresistible temptations. Whatever you’re after, grande cuisine, rustic repasts, young crossover creations or a cozy tavern specializing in local wine – the capital of Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state offers foodies a wealth of culinary delights.
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Rustic, regional fare and haute cuisine
Almost like Mom’s – here diners eat what chef Brigitte Idler puts on the table: maultaschen (Swabian ravioli), roasts, spätzle (home-made pasta), head cheese… The ingredients she uses are all locally sourced and always fresh, hence the daily menu changes. Instead of choosing from a printed menu, guests study the blackboard. And tavern boss Jürgen Huber still personally recommends the appropriate wine – and nearly always finds time for a little chat, too.
Weinstube Lamm, Mühlstrasse 24, Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Tel.: +49-(0)711/856 07 32, Open Mon-Sat, from 6pm, www.weinstubelamm.de
It’s not just the agreeable atmosphere and celebrated cuisine that attracts gourmets to the Wielandshöhe. No, master chef, author and popular TV cook Vincent Klink’s top restaurant scores for its great mix of good plain cooking and grande cuisine. Celebrity and hype have no place here; instead the emphasis is on flavor, fresh ingredients and simple, unpretentious preparation that make a meal here an exquisite experience. Only produce of the very best quality crosses the threshold of Mr. Klink’s kitchen: dairy products, vegetables and meat from regional producers, locally caught game, and organic produce. From this regional cornucopia, the master chef and his team conjure culinary delights with names that speak for themselves: half a wild pheasant supplied by hunter Egon served with champagne sauerkraut, glazed grapes and creamed potatoes, for instance. Or: Fisher Riebel’s Lake Constance eel in champagne-and-sage stock. And then, for dessert: chocolate parfait and glazed fig. Mmm.
Restaurant Wielandshöhe, Alte Weinsteige 71, Stuttgart-Degerloch, Tel.: +49-(0)711/640 88 48. Food served Tue-Sat 12-2pm, 6-9pm, www.wielandshoehe.de
The Cube combines art and culture with good food and a fine view over the center of Stuttgart. The restaurant on the top floor of the art museum serves not only regional Swabian fare. The lunchtime menu includes schupfnudeln (potato dumplings), potato roesti and apple fritters, as well as curries and pasta. In the afternoon, coffee is served with delicious homemade cookies and cakes, and in the evening, chef Michael Bahn takes charge of the kitchen. He takes his inspiration from the Pacific for the specialties he creates at the Cube, like yellow-fin tuna steak on fried Thai noodles, duck breast on a bed of pineapple carpaccio, crème brûlee and coconut sorbet. To enjoy the view as well as the food, make sure to reserve a table near the window.
Cube, Kleiner Schlossplatz 1, Stuttgart-Mitte, Tel.: +49-(0)711/280 44 41, Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-12 midnight, www.cube-restaurant.de
Sweet delicacies and a land of milk and honey for lovers of delicatessen-type food
Breakfast, lunchtime snacks, lattes and cocktails – the Scholz has something to suit every taste. The only café right on the marketplace, it is very popular with visitors to the weekly market, locals and tourists alike. In the evening Scholz becomes a club.
Information: Scholz, Am Marktplatz 12, Stuttgart-Mitte, Tel.: +49-(0)711/860 28 55, Open Mon-Wed 9am-1pm, Thu-Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am-10pm, food served Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm, www.scholz-stuttgart.de
Chocolate, coffee and cake: the Bittersüss is a den of bittersweet sins. Who cares about the odd extra inch? Proprietor Katja Koshokar-Becker specializes in select chocolate, fine coffees, home-baked cakes and fresh bagels in her little shop in the west of Stuttgart. She also sells hand-made creations by local designers and offers chocolate-making courses.
Bittersüß, Reuchlinstrasse 22, Stuttgart-West, Tel.: +49-(0)711/67 33 61 54, Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm, www.bittersuess-stuttgart.de
This is Cockaigne (bet you didn’t know it was in Stuttgart) on 11,400 square meters of space. Hobby cooks and master chefs come to Feinkost Böhm for all kinds of international specialties, and gourmet travelers stock up on culinary souvenirs from Swabia. But if you can’t wait till you get home, just order a meal while you’re there.
Feinkost Böhm, Kronprinzstrasse 6, Stuttgart-Mitte, Tel.: +49-(0)711/227560, Open Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri and Sat 9am-8pm, www.feinkost-boehm.de
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