We had beautiful sunny weather today, although it was cold and kind of windy. I got the idea to go to Tübingen to pick up some wine at Vinum Weine & Feines, one of my favorite wine stores in the area. I wanted to see if they had any Georgian Saperavi. It’s the only wine shop I’ve found yet in Germany that carries Georgian wines.
Before we hit Vinum, though, we needed to have lunch. We decided on Ratskeller on a whim. We’ve passed this place a bunch of times, but never noticed it had a restaurant. Apparently, it’s a club that hosts bands in the evenings. I was actually lured there by the sign below…
The sign above the bowl reads :”Bitte, hier trinken anstatt zu pinkeln.” Translation: Please drink here instead of peeing. I’d love to know what prompted the management to post that sign…
The front facade.
Bill stares in wonder at the locally produced IPA he found. It was actually very good. He was impressed.
Nice to see the Germans getting in on making craft beers.
I had a glass of wine (grenache and syrah blend), which came with a small glass of sparkling water. Notice under the tulip is an ad for a Jam Session. The Ratskeller hosts bands. I think our table was actually on the small stage.
Ratskeller seems to specialize in burgers. They had everything from a plain ol’ cheeseburger to veggie burgers. They even had choices for vegans. I noticed they had a few other items for those who didn’t want sandwiches, as well as soups, salads, and specials. Bill and I decided to have burgers, although neither of us went for the usual American beef variety. I had a chicken burger and Bill had a vegetarian apple and cheese burger. He said the cheese was somewhat mild and it came with a dressing and tomatoes.
Bill’s apple and cheese burger. This was one of the weekend specials. He didn’t realize it was a meat free sandwich, but enjoyed it just the same. The fries were ordered a la carte and came with a “dip”. They had ketchup and mayo, as well as a number of more exotic dips. We both had ketchup.
My chicken burger had thin breaded chicken breast filets, sliced tomatoes, a curry dressing, lettuce, cheese, roasted onions, and pineapples. It wasn’t bad at all, although the burger was pretty large and got kind of messy. I couldn’t eat the whole thing.
The interior of the restaurant is pretty nice. There’s an attractive bar area, as well as a cavernous dining room that looks like it was the old cellar. I noticed they had lots of board games there for people to play.
The “cavern” dining room… on the way to the ladies room.
Board games for the bored.
And the bar.
I noticed there were signs posted warning clients of the patrons of date rape and sexual harassment. Apparently, Ratskeller and other local night spots are committed to preventing their guests from being harassed. It was translated into several languages. I was glad to see it.
“No means no.”
In French and Arabic.
Our bill came to about 33 euros. All in all, we enjoyed our lunch and would eat at Ratskeller again. It has a nice atmosphere, reasonable prices, and pretty good food. Maybe next time, one of us will brave one of the more conventional beef burgers. After Bill paid, we headed to Vinum for wine shopping. I snapped a few more photos on the way.
Someone has a weakness for Gremlins, Garfield, and Odie. Guess they must be about my age.
The city square is looking fine, as usual.
I especially love visiting here when the sun is out. Lots of people were enjoying the sun, drinking coffee and beer outside. It was still a little too chilly for me. I guess you can take a girl out of the South, but not the South out of the girl.
The entrance to my favorite bottle shop in these parts.
They have whisky and other tastings, too. We didn’t partake of any whisky today.
But if you want to try some of their wines, you can help yourself to the ones they set out.
Just grab a glass and go to town! I only tasted two today. I’m usually pretty shameless when it comes to tasting wines at Vinum, but restrained myself.
We did manage to score two bottles of Georgian Saperavi. In fact, we cleaned them out of what they had on display. I want to encourage them to stock more. For those who are curious…
This is what we’ve picked up on our last few visits. If you like leathery, full bodied reds with a lot of character, you may want to give it a try.
This was the total haul. We were conservative because Bill forgot his wine bag and we are already pretty flush with vino right now. I just got a bunch of Armenian wines from Armenian Brandy and Wines out of Belgium.
Right next to Vinum is an optical shop. I liked the eye charts they had for men and women.
Apparently, women prefer shoes…
And men prefer beer. Actually, I’d rather take the beer test.
On the way to the parking garage, I noticed someone was using a US mailbox. I haven’t seen one of these in over three years.
Tübingen is always lovely, but especially when the sun is shining! Bring on spring!
Tomorrow, it looks like we’re going to head to a place we’ve not yet been… provided the weather is decent and we get up and going in time. We probably should have spent more time out and about today and probably would have, if not for the gusty wind! I am so ready for better weather!