January 26, 2004
Located just off the Romerberg, this was a typical German café and a treat for us. It was wonderful to have a local with us because we are never sure if we should wait to be seated or just go and take a seat. Becks led the way and let the waitress know we needed a table for five. There is nothing like have a German speaker with you to improve service in general.
Since we had had our excellent buffet for breakfast only three hours previously, we weren’t very hungry. I had tomato soup (this was not a cream of tomato but more of a tomato sauce) and Al had two frankfurters (appropriate, don’t you think?). Becks had a Chinese dish that smelled of curry and was made with chicken, vegetables, and rice. The food was good and the company was even better! It was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and culture.
We learned here that the way to order your dessert was to go to the case where it was displayed and point out the one that you wanted. The people behind the counter will give you a little piece of paper that tells your waitress what to charge you for your cake. We used this knowledge on many occasions during our trip. It is very difficult to find a non-smoking section in German cafés, and even if you find one, it is usually so close to the smoking section that it makes the difference hard to distinguish. For the most part, we ask for non-smoking but don’t insist on it.
The prices of the food here was excellent, and they offered several specials of the day. Becks’ meal was one of these, and Bob ordered their omelet of the day. The lunch for five was a little over $50, or about $10 apiece.
From journal Frankfurt- I’ll Take Mainhattan