Since we've moved to Germany, my hubby and I have been exploring lots of restaurants. We love eating out and finding great new spots, and here in Germany there are so many great places to eat! Being in a Swabian influenced area, there is (naturally) a lot of Swabisch food.
What is Swabisch food?
Well, in a nut shell it's a lot of pork and sausage and brats and potatoes and spaetzle, cooked in every fashion you can imagine. When we first arrived, we had a lot of this traditional food. However, after trying pork in every way imaginable you eventually find yourself wanting any except for pork! Don't get me wrong, there are other options like seafood and chicken, but in most cases the dishes are simple and traditional.
So, we've been really venturing out to see what else the Stuttgart area has to offer.
There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of Italian restaurants and I love it. Italian pizza is very different from American pizza in that it’s always a thin crust and is usually made fresh. Most places serve them for one person. Chicago style pizzas don't exist here, and there is always a huge variety of toppings to choose from. We've tried many Italian restaurants and in general, they also have really good seafood. Trout is a popular fish in this area and they know how to cook it!
We stopped by one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Echterdingen last night and they gave us each a few free limoncello shots.
There are also a lot of great Thai restaurants here. The curry dishes are out of this world. Last weekend, we discovered that there are mexican restaurants in Stuttgart. Germany is not known for its Mexican food, but there are some exception. We visited Enchilada (http://www.enchilada.de/) in Stuttgart and were happily surprised about their food. Even better, it was prepared fresh and not processed. The portions were much smaller than what you would get in the states (in a good way).
If you want something more American, the Block House has good steaks and burgers as well. Don't be fooled though, you are in Germany and an 'American' burger is nearly impossible to come by. The ones at the Block House are open faced burgers with a German twist. My husband likes their steak. http://www.block-house.de/ There are many many other types of restaurants in the area (Spanish, Greek, etc), but these are some that come to mind right now.
If you've ever heard about the infamous Biergartens (Beer Gardens) in Germany, they really do exist and they are awesome! They usually always have a huge outdoor seating area and sometimes a playground too. Most have blankets if you want to sit outside in the winter. For very cold days, though, they have an indoor restaurant as well. We have two near our house that are in the forest. That is something everyone needs to go to if they visit Germany!