Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Good Eats: Louisiana Bar and Grill in Frankfurt, Germany



      The husband and I are frequent movie goers. There is a very large theater in Frankfurt that plays movies in their original version (read: not in German) and heading to the movies is our go-to date night. We somehow never took the time to notice the restaurant sitting directly next to our favorite movie viewing spot: Louisiana Bar and Grill. I heard a friend mention it a few weeks back and thought "Oh, that place near the movies? Never even thought about that place! (Which was my mistake) So when Steven and I headed on over to go see Total Recall the other night we decided to drop in and see what it was all about. 


      I wish I had absolutely no shame and could have walked around the restaurant snapping photos of every last detail for you guys, but I do have shame (sometimes) and decided to save both the hubs and I the embarrassment. If I had photographed the place, you would have seen some awesome New Orleans inspired wall art, awesome chandeliers and very cool wooden tables with leather upholstered chairs. Louisiana is a chain restaurant but it felt very unique to me. It is impossible not to mention these guys: 

We were seated right by their tank, which was highly entertaining. 

       The food is the main attraction of this here post, so I think it's time we get to the point. We decided to go for the "Double Burger and Wings" a meal for two that comes with two burgers, steak fries, wings, nachos and various dipping sauces. Steven went for the chili cheese burger and I chose for the classic bacon cheese burger.  I kid you not, after taking my first bite tears nearly came to my eyes. It was by far the closest to a good old American burger I've had since arriving in Germany.  



        I can't say it was the best burger I've ever had because America is just extraordinarily superior in that department, but this was dang close. The steak fries were thick and delicious and so unlike the dinky little fries you find so often here.  Bonus points: They had normal Heinz Ketchup that you DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR. My immediate thought was "Holy crap, I've been here a year and never knew about this place?!" 


       Their menu wasn't just burgers, though. They had wraps, chilis, as well as chicken and seafood dishes that sounded like they could have come right out of an American restaurant. I know that on a culinary level American food isn't exactly considered top notch, but bare with me here: When you're living abroad you really start to miss the classics. I would have liked to see more Cajun style food in a restaurant named Louisiana, but if I'm eating a delicious burger my mouth is too full to complain. This restaurant is now our go-to place when we're homesick (and let's be real here, I get homesick about food more than anything else.)  

Refills are still not free, but we're working on it. 



13 comments:

engquist said...

Oh man do I feel your pain on the cheeseburger! Nothing comes close to an American one. So glad you found a good option!

Jenna said...

Oooh I know the absolute elation that comes with finding a place abroad like this! For us it's Thunder Gun, a completely tacky cowboy and indian themed burger and ribs joint. We went there as a joke the first time. It's now Jurgen's favorite restaurant in Jo'burg. And I kid you not, he wanted to have our engagement party there! One step too far Jurgen, one step too far.

Love the caymans!

xxx
Jenna

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

I went here when i was in Frankfurt and got a burger too!!! how funny is that :)

Erin Marie said...

This sounds amazing. Glad you found that place! For some reason, good burgers are so hard to find in any other country but ours. Why is that??? They're just not the same. We tried to make burgers out of our very lean ground beef in Honduras, and, well, although the intentions were there it was just not even close to what we were craving.

Lauren said...

That resturant definitely looks awesome! I love the set up, and the burger looks sooo good! :)

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Kristen said...

I know what you're talkin' about! When we were in Panama forget finding a good burger. Now in Mexico, we have a grill so I just make my own at home. Can't wait to visit Dallas next week and go to our favorite home place, Five Guys Burgers. yum!

Kelsea Echo said...

Bahh that second picture. SO CUTE!! What a fun food find. =)

picadaisy said...

Ahh, now you've got me craving a burger ;)

Alex Butts said...

I want to go just to sit by those little gators; they're so cute!

Britta Marie said...

what a fun thing to find when you are living abroad! i can totally relate with missing the classics like a good burger or a wrap or something like that .. especially free refills .. i think the states are alone on that ;)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

This is amazing! Trying to find American food abroad is next to impossible so once you find that perfect restaurant, you must take advantage of it! Also, it's crazy to think of gators in an aquarium in Germany. I wonder what they do with the guys when they out grow the tank?

Sherbet and Sparkles said...

I've been here twice and although the food is good, the service was terrible!!

Try Meat Us in the centre for a really good burger!

Lacey in the City said...

Oh the small things!! When I was traveling in Europe, I missed Mexican food the most!! When I returned to London for a day on our way back to the States, we stumbled across a "TexMex" restaurant and I was so excited. And then the food came and was absolutely underwhelming. Whomp whomp

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