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    Posted November 8, 2012 by
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Hidden Gem in Germany's Oldest City

     
    I spent my third year in college direct-enrolled in a university in Germany's oldest town, Trier. I was fortunate enough to live with some locals who showed me the best places tourists never find.

    By far, the best was Aom Ecken ('on the corner' in Trier-dialect), a tiny bar/restaurant on an even tinier side street just outside the city center. It's quaint, cozy (maybe 7 tables and a small bar), and only open a few evenings a week. It's filled with locals and definitely not ideal for that quiet, romantic dinner as you will most likely be sharing a table with some new friends. It's a great place to lose yourself in the local culture as folks are there to eat, drink and chat and may spend a couple of hours over a meal.

    Rosie, the owner, opened the place a couple of decades ago just for fun and still serves food every nite they're open. I recently went back with my wife 10 years after I had last been and asked her why she keeps doing it (she doesn't need the money), and she told me simply that she loves making people happy.

    And the food does that. The menu is traditional German with some local specialties thrown in. One is what the locals call "Lappen", a schnitzel so-called because it is so big it laps over the edge of the plate. The main draw, however, is the Rumpsteaks. They are quality cuts cooked to perfection. My favorite is a Pfeffersteak which is served with a brown peppercorn sauce.

    Some folks will only come there to drink, sitting at the tiny bar or even standing outside at high-top tables. On tap amongst the normal beers and famous Mosel Riesling wines, are various local schnapps and Viez, a local apple wine that is served pure or mixed with lemonade.

    It really can't get more local than Aom Ecken, a place that welcomes everyone (if you can get a table), but few will ever actually find.

    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 places to eat like a local
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