Food You Need to Try in the Alsace Region of France

Creamy potatoes, delectable chocolate tarts, pretzels baked to perfection and thin crust flatbread covered with bacon. Is this enough to make your mouth water? Visiting the Alsace region of France is certainly as wonderful a visit for your palette as much as it is for your eyes!

Food You Need to Try in the Alsace Region of France

Tarte Flambee

This incredibly delicious dish looks a lot heavier than it is. I was worried it’d be too creamy and too filling. Yet after a day or two in the area, and seeing it over and over again on many menus, I knew I needed to try it in Colmar. I discovered it was actually the opposite of heavy – light and a great starter! It’s typically a main meal for a lot of diners but I enjoyed ordering a half portion and have a couple of slices to start my dinner and was happy I did.

You’ll see a few different varieties of this food to try in Alsace, France throughout the area but I stuck with the classic: bacon and onions atop a light brushing of fromage blanc. I was concerned the creamy sauce may toy with my sensitive stomach (if I’m being candid) but luckily it didn’t! It’s that light. 

Later on in my trip I took an awesome food tour in Paris and learned a version of this Alsace specialty can be found in the frozen food section of the American grocery store, Trader Joe’s! But don’t miss the chance to get the real deal in the region that invented it.

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Choucroute Alsacienne

This entree ALL OVER Alsace! It’s typically served with a variety of cuts of meat but I was lucky to find a seafood version. (I don’t eat a lot of meat and much prefer fish.) A protein is served atop a bed of sauerkraut with a helping of peeled potatoes. (The protein is usually pork, including sausage links and thick sliced ham.)

It took me a little while to realize the word, “choucroute” is almost a literal translation of sauerkraut! Alsace is on the eastern-most border of France smack dab next to Germany. The region has changed hands a number of times between Germany and France; it’s very easy to see the area’s German influence. There’s a lot of architectural influence and, of course, influence on food and languages. Most people who grow up in Alsace learn French first, of course, then German and English. 

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I was lucky enough to enjoy both of the above dishes at Le Fer Rouge in the old city center of Colmar. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. It’s especially appealing to eat here if you:

  1. Only want half a Tarte Flambee. It was the only restaurant I saw offering a half portion.
  2. Are desiring fish on your Choucroute Alsacienne instead of meat. I didn’t see this offered anywhere else either.

Also note that restaurants labeled with the word “wistub” in the region are those kitchens serving traditional Alsace dishes.

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Bretzels

You may be wondering, “What am I missing here? Isn’t this simply a soft pretzel?” Yes, it is.

However if you love carbs and pastries as I do this is a heaven sent treat in the region! They’re around two to three euros each and the perfect snack on the go if you pass a shop selling them. And, because of the area’s proximity to Germany, they’re unique to this region of France.

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Tartiflette

I…LOVED…this dish! It is a bit heavy and I would certainly classify it as “comfort food.” But this little portion I enjoyed at Wistub de la Petite Venise was the perfect size dish of food to try in Alsace, France. I indulged in this warm meal on a chilly evening.

It’s nearly the starch version of Tarte Flambee, whipped to perfection and baked in the oven in a pan: it contains mashed potatoes, bacon and delectable munster cheese. I saw many varieties of this in the area as I toured through Alsace as well.

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Alsace Wines

This is certainly worth mentioning even though it’s perhaps not a food item. The Alsace region of France is known for its superior wines.

We enjoyed visiting Bott Freres on our tour of villages nearby Colmar with Alsace Original Experiences. We tried all sorts of varieties and had a special tour of the wine bottling area. The vineyard looked beautiful, even in the cold and cloudiness of November! I highly recommend indulging in the regional wines and a tasting at Bott Freres.

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Pastries

This may go without saying but you know what is said when “you assume”…so I’m officially reminding anyone who visits France they must treat themselves to pastries! Colmar had a shop called Pastisserie Gilg near my hotel. There’s a few throughout France but luckily I didn’t have to travel far to find one. I purchased this rich chocolate tart and was glad to have tried a sweet during my stay.

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10 Comments

  1. Romeo
    January 19, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I may actually try and pull off that bacon tater Munster thing. Thanks for the inspiration

    • January 19, 2018 / 9:30 pm

      DO IT! 🙂 I support this! And if you find it’s too many ingredients to buy…head to Trader Joe’s to buy one!

  2. January 19, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    I have not made it to France yet, and I know I’d love to eat my way through the county and join food tours along the way. These all look super tasty, especially the Tartiflette! Thanks for sharing! Saving!

    • January 19, 2018 / 10:43 pm

      Food always entices me to visit a region! 🙂 Thanks for your great comment and saving the post!

  3. January 20, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’m from Paris, France, and everytime I spend some time in Alsace, I gain weight and go back home with 3-4 more pounds around my waiist 😀

    • January 20, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Oh my gosh…haha I love knowing that! Alsace is indulgent even for French residents! 😉

  4. January 25, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Oh wow, all of this looks amazing and delicious! I typically think of Alsace in connection with wine, but of course amazing food should go with the amazing wine!

    • January 31, 2018 / 12:49 am

      Agree! Food + wine pairings are the best!

  5. February 10, 2018 / 3:19 am

    You ate at so many yummy places! Because of the Christmas markets, most of my meals were enjoyed at the little stands.

    • February 10, 2018 / 3:25 am

      Not a bad way to enjoy regional food either, though! 🙂 The grass is always greener, right? 😉