In short, Mannheim restaurants feature the local Swabian and Palatinate cuisine.
This ubiquitous German treat is especially popular. It consists of a flour dough with eggs and salt. Most restaurants will serve Spätzle as a side dish, or sometimes even for the main course.
Another Swabian specialty, this dish is a bread pocket filled with bratwurst, hamburger, onions, eggs, spinach and parsley. Maultauschen are usually eaten with a side of potato salad. But hey… don’t be scared when you find out that one restaurant serves them in a different way than another one — Maultauschen recipes can vary greatly.
Wurst is German for sausage and this salad has plenty of that. The sliced sausage is mixed with oil, vinegar and onions to create a tart dish. The Wurstsalat is typically eaten with bread or potatoes.
You’ll also find a Swiss variation of this, Schweizer Wurstsalat, which is mixed with sliced cheese. Hmmmmm……
The Bretzel snack is a traditional German treat, and Mannheim is dotted with pretzel stands all around town. They can be served plain or with a variety of innings or toppings, like butter or mozzarella cheese.
The döner Kebab is now Germany’s most popular fast food and you can thank the country’s large Turkish population for this delectable dish. Meat is cooked on a spit, mixed with fresh vegetables and heavily spiced before it is placed on a pita bread. It is topped off with a big dollop of yogurt sauce.
Note: The guy will likely ask you something when you order your Döner Kebab. If you don’t understand it simply answer with “mit allem” (meaning, with all you’ve got).
And don’t worry… it seems as though you’ll find a Döner Kebab stand in almost every street in Mannheim. This does not necessarily mean that you’re in Turkey now. ;-)
Zwicker Stube (E 3,9)
This Mannheim restaurant provides a wide array of regional dishes and favorite German traditional food. At Zwicker Stube, you can enjoy delicious steaks with vegetable sides.
The charming old Europe ambiance will ensure you not only enjoy your meal, but the entire dining experience.
Herrdegen (E 2, 8)
The Herrdegen is a Mannheim restaurant with a long history. It dates back to 1838 and since that time has been offering up tasty snacks and light dining, coffee and tea along with some delicious desserts.
Gasthof zum Ochsen (Hauptstraße 70)
This Mannheim restaurant features a combination of French and German fare in a charming, friendly setting. Sample the best of both cuisines, and don’t forget to check out the great wine list for an accompanying drink.