Monday, April 25, 2011

's Baggers Gluten Free Restaurant Review Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany

A bittersweet time… Our Germany tour is quickly coming to an end.  What was supposed to be two years turned into three has already flown by.  We have seen so much and our boys have had an experience of a lifetime completely immersed in the German culture at Kindergarten.  Our last road trip was yesterday to Nuremberg.  We were on a mission to finally see one last city and what better place to visit than a city with another gluten free restaurant, 's Baggers.  We spent the afternoon on a quick walking tour of Old Town past all the market vendors and one specifically that caught my eye, A Gluten Free baked goods stand!! Wow, that was a first to see.  

Ohne Mehl meaning Without Flour

Gluten Free Cookies
We ended our walk at the Toy Museum, Spielzeugmuseum.  Nuremberg is known for their wooden toys and trains and I knew the boys would love to see the trains.

A quick 15 minute drive from Old Town and we were at 's Baggers restaurant.  I was told that this family restaurant would be fun for the kids and had a gluten free organic, Bio, menu, all of which I was excited about.  When we arrived I felt like we had walked into a Fun Park… bright color, balloons, many levels and a rail system that you’ve got to see.  This is not a train rail system but rather a food delivery system.  Yep, the wait staff doesn’t deliver anything but hot tea and coffee because both of those probably wouldn’t make through the quick travel down the rails.  Everything else on the menu is served in small pots hot from the kitchen!  The food races down the rails directly to your seat and sometimes has a fireworks display during its travel.  It was by far one of the craziest things I have seen and only in Germany… they are masters at engineering! 

On to the menu… Each table has two computers and the entire menu is on the touch screen.  It is like a Japanese Steak House style where you might share a table with strangers, adding to the fun.  There are no paper menus and you order as you go Tapas style with a card system that allows you to pay at the end.  All items on the menu that are gluten free are marked “GF” and if you want to see the entire GF menu you can do a search and all items will be brought up together.  It is great to have a restaurant that does all the work identifying things for you, however the items on this menu that were GF were for the most part naturally GF.  What I mean by that is they haven’t taken the time replace things with any alternatives, not much creativity there. For instance, I order the GF Schnitzel, which I was pretty excited to see since that is a signature German dish that I’m never able to eat. I was expecting to see a gluten free breaded version but instead they just eliminated the breading (for sticking with the Paleo this was ideal). But not exactly schnitzel if you ask me.  We also ordered the GF Potato cakes with GF dipping sauce and a white asparagus soup… Mmmm good!  Again not too difficult to make potato cakes gluten free but the dipping sauces were awesome with no worries of hidden gluten.

Overall the food was fresh and delicious, the place was fun and the prices were reasonable.  I highly recommend it!  It was under a two hour drive from Stuttgart and we made it into a day trip which worked out great.  I hope you all enjoy the experience.

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