The Wein und Bierschänke
Familie Kellermeyer Wollstraße 7-9 67547 Worms, Worms, Germany
www.weinundbierschaenke.de - (+44) 06241/24919
The Wein und Bierschänke Worms Reviews
The best Flammkuchen around Jul 25, 2011
The Wein und Biershänke in Worms is a definite must-eat restaurant in this region of Germany. Famous for it's Flammkuchen and Neuwein, the Shänke has been satisfying the hunger of both locals and tourists since 1982. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Shänke many times with family, friends and work colleagues. The friendly atmosphere inside is great for any type of gathering; flea-market decor, wooden beams and evening specials scrawled in the most unusual of places instantly ease you into a relaxing state, whilst you hungrily anticipate your evening meal.
It may be similar to the humble pizza, but flammkuchen is the more unusual of the two, having a quark base instead of tomato. Flammkuchen directly translates to 'flame cake', which represents the way it is still cooked in the Shänke. If you are fortunate enough to sit at the table opposite the delivery hatch, you will be able to sneak a peak at the flammkuchen being taken in and out of the wood fired oven.
Flammkuchen is basically a huge rectangular slice of deliciousness, traditionally topped with bacon and onion. My personal favourite vegetarian choice is halb-sieben-halb-acht. For those of you who don't know the menu off by heart yet, this flammkuchen is half topped with feta and jalapeños, with the other half covered in mushrooms, onions, sweetcorn and kidney beans. Delicious. The best way to eat a flammkuchen? I'd say folded in half and eaten straight from the board, but one of my friends likes to roll hers and another likes to pick off the toppings first. However you like to eat it, with 37 different toppings to choose from, the only problem is choosing your favourite.
If this doesn't sound like your thing then the Shänke also serves regular pizza, pasta, cheese and a selection of meats. If you are brave and very hungry then order the spare ribs; cooked on a long skewer and then hung from the ceiling, they are certainly a centerpiece. To top it all off, there an extensive cocktail list with everything from Frosch (a green cocktail resembling its namesake - a frog) to the non-alcoholic KiBa (half cherry-half banana). KiBa is very popular with the locals and it is also my favourite accompaniment to Flammkuchen, except for in September and October, when Neuwein is in season.
On my first visit to the Wein und Biershänke I sampled Neuwein and boy, it was good. Neuwein is a sweet tasting wine and as it contains yeast, the fermentation process is ongoing and the alcohol content cannot be determined. At most the wine contains around 10% alcohol, so although it tastes and looks like fruit juice, don't drink it like so!
All in all the Wine und Biershänke is a great place to eat; the staff are friendly, the food is fantastic and did I mention the price? A flammkuchen is only 8,40 € and unless you are feeling extremely hungry, it is best to share one between two. Also don't forget to ask for 'ein Packung' to take any leftovers home, they make a great lunch the next day.
It is advisable to reserve a table or arrive early as the Shänke fills up quick! (Who knows why...)
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