317 N. Main St.
Galena Illinois 61036United States
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A little bit French, a little bit German, and a whole lot of good dining. Fritz and Frites does a fine job of sampling from the two cuisines without going nouveau.
As its name implies, its cuisine is an interesting mix of German and French fare set in an atmosphere reminiscent of a French cafe. A high ceiling from which old-fashioned globe light fixtures and ceiling fans descend sets the stage, as does the plate glass windows bearing the restaurant's name in old-fashioned black-and-gold print and the short lace curtain that protects diners from prying eyes but allows for a nice street view. We sampled the lunch menu, and what a nice alternative this was to the standard lineup of burgers, chicken sandwiches and Caesar salads. While there were only about eight options, we had a hard time deciding between the corned beef sandwich with homemade sauerkraut, the ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll, the homemade liverwurst, and the quiche of the day. We settled on the homemade roast beef on a garlic kaiser roll. This was more like an open-face Hungarian goulash sandwich, but we weren't complaining. The flavor was amazing and the meat was sinfully tender, as if it had been slow cooked for hours. At night things go a little more upscale, but you won't spend more than $19.95 for an entree, which is a pretty good deal. On the French side, you'll find appetizers of escargot, chicken and goose liver pate and baked Brie, and entrees such as tilapia provencale, roast chicken and mussels in a cream and Champagne sauce. For the German dishes, you'll find the obligatory Wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten as well as such kassler rippchen, which is a pork chop in an apple cider glaze, and choecroute garni, a plate of smoked meats and sausages with potatoes and sauerkraut.