I have found reading past threads extremely useful. I am looking here for any updates, and any and all tips for enjoyable eating in these cities, and opinions on the following places specifally:
Wein am Rhein
(I am particularly interested in interesting places to eat in Frankfurt within a 20 minute walk of the Rossmarkt, the central train station, and Hamburger Allee)
Weinhaus zum Beichtstuhl
(or anyplace in central Mainz, really could use some guidance about local cuisine)
A good place for lunch near the train station or the Kunstmuseum (other than the museum cafe)?
I speak less than 20 words of conversational German and will be armed with a menu translator, but patient, kindly service will be a big plus, so please help steer me away from anyplace that can't accommodate me.
In Frankfurt and Cologne I will have time for at least one leisurely, upscale dinner, but otherwise, I will want simpler meals and informal settings that fit into a busy day. I'd like to mix in some salad meals and seafood meals. I really don't care for contemporary international restaurant cooking. Would rather eat well with traditional German or immigrant cooking.
Also, if any place you recommend needs a reservation, please let me know.
Thanks so much for any thoughts or tips you can share.