Eating in Erfurt is simple, yet agreeable to most visitors. Simply put, the most accessible loca foods include choice of schnitzel, potatoes, beef, sauerbraten (sour beef), bratwurst and delicious ice cream. In the city center, American visitors will be happy to find McDonald's and Burger King for the less adventurous visitor. Inside the city's main train station, visitors will find Peking, a Chinese food restaurant that is nothing like America's own Panda Express, along with a pizza, fruit, and bratwurst stand.
If looking to eat fast food like a local, try out No. 1 Doner or King Doner, who sell gyro-like sandwiches that will fill you up for hours upon end. When visiting a fast food restaurant, keep in mind that Erfurt residents eat their french fries with mayonnaise, not ketchup traditionally, so plan accordingly.
For traditional food from Thuringia, visit Feuerkugel (Fireball) located in the city center, which provides good eats at relatively affordable prices. Tipping is not mandatory in Erfurt and servers are pleased when you tip by rounding your meal up to the nearest Euro. If travelling on a budget, take advantage of the 1 Euro Bratwurst located in the Erfurt city center. If looking for an adventurous night, a liquor store located next to Mykonos (a Greek restaurant) sells Absinth, an extremely strong liquor that is lit on fire before drinking it.
Erfurt also hosts a farmers market near its famous church which brings farmers from all around Thuringia who sell bread, bratwurst, fruits, vegetables, and the ever popular Doner sandwiches.