Here’s my eclectic (and very personal) take on some of the good spots to eat out in our three-cornered region: Alsace/France, Basel/Switzerland and Baden/Germany. As this page was getting a bit long and unruly, I’ve split the reviews into 3 separate sub-pages, one for each country. The idea is that there’s something for every occasion, whether you’re after a budget Indian or a big birthday blowout. A key factor is that they’re all (for me) happiness-producing kinds of places, ones that I’d go back to (and frequently do).
Alsace (where I live) gets the lion’s share of coverage, because it’s the place I know best and where we eat out most often. This section starts with some places close to the Swiss border, then a good few in Colmar and the vineyards and a handful more up in the Vosges.
Basel gets fewer column inches on my eating out front. It’s right on our doorstep but we eat out there less often, partly because it’s expensive (especially given the relentless rise of the Swiss franc against the euro), but also because I find that eating out in Switzerland is generally a stiffer and less convivial experience than in neighbouring Alsace or Germany.
Baden comes in for more and more of my reviews as food (and wine) here continues to improve by leaps and bounds. Ages ago when we came to live in the region, everyone flocked to Alsace to eat, from both Switzerland and Germany. Now the direction of traffic has changed and we often find ourselves heading east across the Rhine – and enjoying the experience.
This is a work in progress, so be sure to check in regularly for new additions and deletions. Click on the link to each page to browse my selection. And if you’ve tried out somewhere and loved (or hated) it, feel free to add your own comments.
Last updated: 17th August 2016