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Restaurant Ratsstuben

Restaurants abound in Lindau, of course. We found the Ratsstuben simply furnished in an unimaginative style only vaguely reminiscent of a Stube. The service was a bit tight-lipped and the food, while acceptable, was not outstanding.

We did, however have our first serving of Felchenfilet (whitefish) from the lake. It's this local speciality. Felchenfilet gedünstet mit Dillsahnesasse, Butter Reis und Salat (whitefish with dill cream sauce, buttered rice and salad) was very good.

Restaurant Ratsstuben, Ludwigstrasse 7, 88131 Lindau-Insel, tel + fax +49/08382-66 26.
Price Category: Inexpensive/Moderate
Rating: Quality 12/20, Value 11/20

Restaurant-Weinstube Frey

Another version of whitefish at the Restaurant-Weinstube Frey near the Altes Rathaus was even better.

This 16th-century wine tavern is on the first (second) floor overlooking the towns main pedestrian shopping street. The three attractive rooms are wood paneled from top to bottom and lined with cushioned benches. There's a ceramic stove in one corner and leaded glass windows are an interesting combination of stained and etched glass.

Very atmospheric. Very friendly. And very good food. But plan on a long and leisurely evening meals here are meant to be savored.

As a starter the Lindauer Fischsuppe mit Knoblauchtoast (fish soup with garlic toast) was tomato based with vegetables, several kinds of fish and a piquant flavor of allspice and pepper. Bodenseefelchenfilet gebacken in Riesling-Weinteig mit bunter salatteller (whitefish cooked in wine with mixed salad plate) was breaded and baked.

The salad was enormous and very fresh. It was all delicious.

A medium-dry, moderately-priced bottle of Nonnenheimer Sonnenbichl Müller-Thurgau was a perfect choice. There's also a good selection of local wines available, the Spätburgunder Rotwein Trocken is particularly recommended.

Restaurant-Weinstube Frey, Maximillianstrasse 15, 88131 Lindau-Insel, tel +49/0838-52 78, fax +49/08382-47-18.
Price Category: Inexpensive/Moderate
Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 17/20

Restaurant Alte Post

The Alte Post Restaurant has tables outside under an expanse of plane trees. Inside the atmosphere is pleasant with colorful linens and small bouquets of fresh flowers on each table

The menu features the usual items found on almost every menu in Germany but with a few twists. Schweinsteak Mexicaine (pork steak, Mexican style), for example. A tasty Maultaschen Vegetarisch, best described as the German version of ravioli, consisted of two large pasta pillows, stuffed with spinach, topped with lots of sautéed onions and served with a better than average salad plate.

It was impossible to assess service as a sudden downpour just after placing our order resulted in a mad dash inside and general chaos from which there was no recovery.

Restaurant Alte Post, Fischergasse 3, 88131 Lindau-Insel, tel +49/08382-9 34 60, fax +49/0838-93 46 46.
Price Category: Inexpensive/Moderate
Rating: Quality 14/20, Value 13/20