For a rustic Franconian atmosphere and large portions of traditional German-style food, Backöfele Restaurant in Würzburg, Germany, is the place to go. Located very near the Residenz Palace in the Romantic Road town of Würzburg, it's a convenient meal stop for tourists. But locals come here too, in fact, it was my cousin, who has lived in Würzburg her whole life, who took our family to Backöfele for dinner. We sat in the very large covered courtyard with a tree growing out of it. I love the old-farmhouse decor! The four kids who were in our party played card games at their end of the table for hours never once being asked to leave, as we adults drank beer and chatted.
The food is tremendous. I had Wienerschnitzel with warm potato salad. My son had a huge plate of two bratwurst which he enjoyed so much that he ate another bratwurst off of someone else's plate and promptly threw up after we left the restaurant (don't be alarmed - it had nothing to do with the quality of the food, only the quantity he ate).