My husband and I with my sister and brother-in-law are going to Europe (London, Amsterdam, St. Goar, Munich, Rome, Florence, Luzern and Paris). I was hoping to get some advice on where are the good places to eat at in those places without burning the pocket
i can only really help you with amsterdam... but if you head to the nieuwemarkt, there are some nice places to eat there that arent too bad...
lunchtimes are great in a'dam cos there are so many places with really good cheap food. if you head to the jordaan, to the 9 streets youll easily find something there... also in the jordaan, on the noordermarkt, is a cafe called winkel which has the best apple pie in a'dam (apparently, i dunno who decided that, but get it with cream, dont worry about the fat its better that way!), and also really cheap and yummy lunches. Theres a great tapas place behind the noordermarkt church called duende or something, but get there kinda early, because it cal fill up and you have to wait!
if you want to try typically dutch food, go to a bar or snackbar and ask for bitterballen or a kroket, i love em, some ppl hate them tho decide for urself! typically dutch food is fairly bland, stamppot (potato mashed with something - endive, onions, kale, herbs...), hutspot (potatoes mashed with carrot and onion) both served with a big fat sausage on top...pickled herring served with finely chopped onions on bread (this i cannot stomach, sorry!!)... roodkool (picked red cabbage) with apples, with mash and sausages or pork... its hearty kinda food! but there are also ALOT of asian palces around, since the dutch had colonies in indonesia... enjoy!
Eating good food for cheap in London is pretty tough - the price/quality ratio usually applies. There are some good, cheap spots in Chinatown, though they change fairly rapidly. Brick Lane is famous for its curries.
When I've been skint in Paris, I've tended to head for the Latin Quarter and fill up on Couscous, which seems to be reliably good quality. Having said that, most iniquitous looking streetside cafes do a decent steak-frites (and other such lunchy type things) for less than 10 Euros.
Edited: To mention a few places on Upper Street near Highbury & Islington station, London which do decent cheap food. Le Mercury is French bistro-style and, whilst not culinarily amazing, is extremely good value. There are a couple of decent Middle-Eastern places too (actually restaurants, not kebab places!) - Gallipolli is decent Turkish, and Gem is a good Kurdish place - the lunch-time set menu at Gem is really good value (2 courses for £5-50 gets you 2 cold and 1 hot meze, stuffed flatbread, and baklava and ice-cream, 3 courses for £7-50 includes a hefty-sized main dish too).
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2008, at 9:31 AM by magykal1 ]