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Mikomi Sushi and Grill

I am a huge sushi fan, so I did not hesitate when I was offered the chance to check out a new, local place.

Located inside the Schwabengalerie in Vaihingen, the restaurant is easily reachable by public transport, and there is lots of parking available. There are several large public parking garages right in the area. Mikomi sits right in the little courtyard, so you also have the option of dining outside.

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“Zum Brückle” a nice Restaurant near Kelley Barracks

For someone like me who has lived in the Stuttgart area for over 20 years it is possible to miss out on some great local restaurants.

Last Sunday, my family and I visited a restaurant that we’ve always known about, driven passed, but never stopped to have a meal. Big mistake! The “Zum Brückle” is one of those overlooked treasures located on a side street in the town of Stuttgart Plieningen, near Kelley Barracks.

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The Schwabengarten in Leinfelden-Echterdingen

The Schwabengarten in Leinfelden-EchterdingenThe Schwabengarten in Leinfelden-Echterdingen is the biggest beer garden in the Stuttgart area. With its open-air atmosphere, fast and friendly service, food that is made-to-order, always fresh, fast and friendly—and with plenty of drinks, deserts and German goodies made available to you…what more could you want?

Maybe, a dog friendly beer garden? That has various doggy water stations throughout the beer garden? Check.

Lots of secure space to park your car or your bike? Check.

Maybe an indoor seating area as well if the weather isn't as nice? Check: The “Alm” has over 200 indoor seating spaces and an adorably eclectic Bavarian charm.

Maybe, you'd like to save 19% off your next meal? Check.

The Schwabengarten was one of the first locations to accept the Together card, a pre-paid meal card that works with the VAT form saving you 19 percent off of every snack, drink, or meal that you have at the Schwabengarten.

Also, no need to clear the table after you're done—they'll gladly do that for you.

Okay, I get what you’re saying, maybe you don't feel like sitting down and having a meal, maybe you're really just in the mood for some great take-out? No problem, the Schwabengarten now offers you food to go in eco-friendly, take-away boxes so you can enjoy your meal at home.

Throughout the year the Schwabengarten will also host various live bands and public events—their number one goal: to make sure that you have a great time, and a great meal, no matter the day or occasion.  So go and enjoy a delicious beer, have some schnitzel or a “Ries'n Hax'n”, a pretzel, some ice cream, French fries, cake—whatever you want, there is no shortage of goodies for you to choose from.

To top things off: everything is freshly prepared with produce received from regional farmers and factories that you can trust. Schwabengarten is the family and pet friendly beer garden in the Stuttgart region, and it's definitely worth the short drive.

We stopped by last summer, gave the pups some fresh water (and a little, tiny bit of my orange popsicle), and had a lovely meal in the sun before heading back home. It was such a fun, relaxing atmosphere; if we'd had the time, we would have stayed longer—and I'm already looking forward to our next trip.

You can also host your event at the Schwabengarten! There's plenty of space to have a great party.

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Chillis Mexican Restaurant y Bar

Chillis Mexican Restaurant y BarThis Mexican-American restaurant is located on the second floor of the Schwabengalerie—offering you delicious food, fine quality beverages, a variety of desserts, and a relaxing atmosphere, both inside and out. To top it off, it comes with professional, fast, and friendly service.

Aside from their signature Mexican-American cuisine (that comes with a refreshing and delightful European twist) the restaurant also offers a wide variety of other international and regional menu options. Lets not forget the dessert and and beverage menu, as they are sure to impress: to drink you‘ll find carefully selected wines and spirits, tasty cocktails, international, national and regional beer selections, a variety of soft drinks, juices, and even delicious strawberry, vanilla or chocolate milk shakes. For dessert there‘s an interesting mix of ice cream creations and ice cream floats, molten chocolate cakes and more. This Chilli‘s is not to be confused with the American Chili‘s franchise that can sometimes be found on American military facilities overseas. Although their names are similar, you‘ll see that there is a quite a difference in quality—with Chilli‘s (the one with two L‘s) coming out on top.

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