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Culinary tips for Vienna

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Culinary tips for Vienna

reading travelingmother comment on Roley

I thought I can start this thread and the other can join in.

To all Americans with a sense of humour, here is a perfect page to learn some Viennese: bau2.uibk.ac.at/guerti/weanarisch/vfa.html

You are hungry but your budget is low

try out

CENTIMETER

you get decent Austrian food , large size and moderate prices. If you are not the big eater 1 portion is enough for 2.

Try out HOLZFAELLERNOCKERL, try out the different spreads..especially the Beer Spread

I can recommend (cause I ate there several time)

Centimeter II, Stiftgasse4, 1070

Centimeter V, Schleifmuehlgasse,7, 1040

Around the Bermudetriangel (between Judengasse, Rabensteig) there are many bars and restaurants

my favourite is the KRAH KRAH (www.krah-krah.at), small bu great menu carte but large beer selection

next to it you can find the BERMUDA BRAEU (www.bermuda-braeu.at).

If you like Cocktails, opposite krah krah you find RON CON SODA. On Thursday it´s Ladies Night and you get most cocktails for less then 5 Euros.

so that´s part 1.

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PART 2 COFFEE HOUSES

Hotel Sacher does a lot of advertising but I think there are soo many better coffee houses around, try out others too.

Here some of the recepies

Biedermeier Kaffee

Big espresso with apricol liquer and whipped cream

Brauner, klein oder groß

espresso with cream

Einspänner

black coffee or espresso, served in a glas with whipped cream topping

Fiaker

Espresso with Rum or Cognac, served in a glas with whipped cream topping

Kaffee verkehrt

very light coffee, more milk then coffee

Kaisermelange

Espresso mixed with egg yolk, honey/sugar

Maria Theresia

Espresso with a bit Orangenliqeur

Melange

half espresso, half hot milk, serves with milk foam

Verlängerter

add hot water to an espresso

Wiener Eiskaffee

Vanilla ice with cold espresso and a lot of whipped creams

my favourite coffee houses

Café Schwarzenberg 1.Kärntner Ring 17

Café Landtmann 1. Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 4

Café Sperl 6. Gumpendorferstr. 11

Café Prückel 1. Stubenring 24

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restaurants for normal or bit above budget

good Viennese cooking:

* ZUM STÖGER

Ramperstorffergasse 63, 1050 Wien

Tel:544 75 96

need table reservation

* SCHWARZER ADLER

www.schwarzeradler.net

1050 Wien, Schönbrunner Straße 40

* GLACISBEISL

1070 Wien, MuseumQuartier, Breite Gasse

Tel: 526 56 60

need table reservation

*PLACHUTTA

1010 Wien, Wollzeile 38

http://www.plachutta.at/en/home/

beef specialist

*CAFÈ - RESTAURANT STEIN

1090 Wien, Währinger Straße 6-8

www.cafe-stein.com

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OK, you asked for it! Here are my foodie tips for Wien...

CAFES

Without any doubt, Diglas - two branches, on the Wollzeile or on the Fleischmarkt (the side towards the main postoffice) The best Dobostorte in all Vienna and the other cakes are equally good! I recommend the Franziskaner coffee - melange with cream and extremely delicious. Some highly decorative male staff at the Wollzeile branch, which is open till midnight every night so a good place for a pitstop after the opera or other evening festivity. They do a small selection of hot food too.

Other traditional Kaffeehaeuser I like - Tirolerhof on the Tegetthofstrasse (Topfenstrudel! slaver!) and Braeunerhof behind the Stallburg (light meals too).

CAFES FOR MEALS

Oberlaa for light meals - good vegetarian options - in the Neuermarkt and the bottom of the Mariahilferstrasse. Lovely cakes also and in summer the best icecream in all Wien (not this time of year, sadly)

Frauenhuber - Himmelpfortgasse just off the Kaertnerstrasse. Wonderful traditional food, good prices, terrifying waiters. The roast goose at Christmas is to die for!

Weimar, on the Wahringerstrasse just down from the Volksoper - great food, lovely atmosphere - well placed for a pitstop after you've been to the VO

CHEAP EATS

Hopferl, on the Naglergasse. Sort of a bierhof I think but great traditional hearty food, dead cheap, right in the centre of town. I had their venison steaks with spaetzle the other day, delectable and hugely generous portions (three steaks!)

Those are the places I keep going back to - it can be hard to find good, reasonably priced food in Wien, specially in the touristy parts, but these old reliables never fail to deliver. And I should point out that all of the above are very single-female-friendly - I eat in them alone as well as with friends and find them particularly well suited to the solo diner (Hopferl is mysteriously full of women so don't be put off by the bierhof description!)

And if you want takeaway grub for a picnic or a feast in your hotel room, the Billa chain of supermarkets (in the innere stadt branches can be found at Ringerstrasse Gallerien, Singerstrasse, Schwedenplatz, and the Freyung) has a selection of fresh salads and filled rolls (near the bread counters) for takeaway munchies. They also sell the most delectable pots of topfen mixed with chopped up strawberries- seriously good! Julius Meinl on the Graben also has a delectable but pricey takeaway section at the front of the store.

Rol, proud possessor of a small lorryload of Tiroler Zelten and Kletzenbrot to ward off winter chills

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Thank you HSN and Roley. Oh yum. Hope I fit in my steerage class seat on the plane back to California.

As I sit and read this aloud to my husband (whose German is astonishingly good for only two years in high school sometime in the LAST century) he is most amused by my fractured pronounciation. I will print out your suggestions and put them in our travel folder. Any other recommendations are most welcome. And appreciated of course.

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We did not know where we were going when we ate in Vienna but it was the only city in Europe where everything and I mean everything we ate was just wonderful.

FYI our DK book was most helpful in explaining main dishes drinks and pastry.

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there is more then Sachertorte

try out

For strudel: most important is that the dough is thin enough so that you can read a newspaper below

*Topfenstrudel: strudel filled with curd and raisins

*Milchrahmstrudel: instead of curd you have a sort of cream, often served with custard

*Apfelstrudel: strudel filled with with apples (more sour ones), sugar, rosted bread crumbs, raisins, cinemon

*weintraubenstrudel: strudel filled with grapes and biscuit

*nusstrudel and mohnstrudel: a strudel with a thicker dough filled with nuts or puppy seeds

*germknödel: yeast dumblings filled with plum jam, served with melted butter, poppy seeds and icing sugar

*marillenknödel/zwetschkenknödel: small dumbling (dough made with curd) with with apricots or plums, served with roastet breadcrumbs and icing sugar

*gugelhupf: all variations of ring cake, with chocalte, nuts, yeast, egg nog etc

*buchteln or wuchteln: small yeast cubes, sometimes filled with nuts or jam. If not filled served with custard

some TORTEN/cakes

*Malakofftorte, made with sponge fingers, cream is with almonds

*Topfentorte: biscuit cake filled with curd/cream

*Punschtorte: biscuit mixed with alcohol, pink topping

*Maronitorte: cake with chestnut filling

*Mohntorte: puppy seeds cake, best from DO & CO

*Doboschtorte: built up with several thin layers

*Esterhazytorte: also build with several layers

*Kipferl/croissants: acc to the history the croissant was invented in Vienna at the 2nd siege through the turkish army

you can get simple one, filled with nuts, puppy seeds etc. Perfect for breakfast or in the afternoon

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My two cents worth (or less, maybe):

I went to the Cafe Sacher once, and its coffee and dessert shop once after the opera. The food was okay, but the service was atrocious both times, even for Europe. In the dessert shop we were passed over twice for regulars who came in after us. The highlight of my evening -- which included Der Rosenkavalier -- was stiffing that bartender. (BTW I have no idea whether you're supposed to tip in Vienna or not, but I always do, if for no other reason than to give the waiter a reason not to hate American since our President gives him so many reasons to despise it.) I much preferred the Cafe Demel and the Cafe Hofburg.

I also enjoyed the Cafe Weimar, which I visited after the VO. I have not had scrambled eggs that light and fluffy before or since.

And I also thought the DK book was the most useful of the several guides I bought for my trip -- both the thick book and the "Top Ten" guide.

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Hmmm. What is the DK book? I Don't Know that one.

Thanks HSN for such clear explanations. I had been trying to translate "topfel" which according to my computer translator means "pot waddle". Maybe describes your appearance if you eat too much of it?:) Loved the link about Austrian phrases too.

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9. Re: Culinary tips for Vienna

DK book means DK Eyewitness Guides. They are very thorough, in my experience, and usually approach the city (or country) section by section. They are best used to plan a trip before you leave home, but can be used as a guidebook once you arrive as well. The Vienna book includes suggestions for day trips and short walking tours through various parts of town (Stephansdom (or inner city), Hofburg, Belvedere, etc.). The fonts are a bit small, to keep the heft of the book down, but that's a minor quibble.

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Ah. Thanks. I have seen those but (obviously erroneously) concluded that they were like the Eyewitness books I use in my classroom. Decorative, but not necessarily full of meaty tidbits. I will check out the Vienna book. One of our favorites is "Let's Go". Even though we are not their targeted demographics we have found their restaurant recommendations to be flawless.