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Germany (Aying, Munich) and Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck) dining report

Nice report !!
And just a single question, or better, a clarification:
Pfarrwirt is a restaurant, maybe the oldest in town, but not a heurigen. There IS a heurigen - owned by the same man - right next door, Mayer am Pfarrplatz.
http://www.pfarrplatz.at

So: where did you eat, at Mayer am Pfarrplatz or at Pfarrwirt ??

BTW: both places are highly recommended, but offer quite different experiences.

Aug 25, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

Good point !!
Here is a good history, which shows that "Wiener" and "Frankfurter" are not the same sausage.
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfu...

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

Yes, definitely !!
You might even come already at 18:30...

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

Sorry, should read: Kaffeehäuser ...

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

For Gulasch a la Vienna you may try any of the many Kaffehäsuer, since making a decent gulasch is their uppermost duty ! And the same is true for Wiener sausages, which are locally called Frankfurter, since the butcher who invent the Wiener sausage was an immigrant from Frankfurt...

Blunzngröstl is a wonderful dish, made from potatoes, onions and black (blood) sausages. We love the blunzgröstl at Gmoakeller.
http://www.gmoakeller.at/speisen.html

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

An "edelbeisl" is a premium beisl, usually an old and venerable beisl, recently refurbished with a new kitchen, but with the old furniture in the dining room, and offering more refined food, usually by a premium chef.

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

It is always advisable to make a reservation, but usually a day in advance or even two hours in advance are sufficient. The only places where you have to get a reservation weeks in advance are Steirereck and Konstantin Filippou...

Usually reservations are made by phone, only very few places do have a reservation function on their website. Most waiters will speak some English, so just call and talk slowly...

Aug 17, 2015
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Need Advice for 3 Days in Vienna

Let me try to answer bit by bit:

Gasthaus zu den Drei Hacken, gastwirtschaft steman and Figlmuller:

Figlmüller ist the most famous one, but has apeculiar Schnitzel...
We love the Schnitzel at Gasthaus Pöschl best.
For more interesting variations on Viennese food I definitely would recommend Gasthaus Wolf and Petz im Gusshaus !! Both offer real interesting variations of classic Viennese food !

For cafes -- I have Cafe Central, Cafe Landtmann, Cafe Frauenhuber, and Cafe Sperl

OK !

For pastry -- Demel, Aida, L. Heiner, Sluka

OK !

I've read good things and saw an interesting video on Ulrich Restaurant but I am not sure if it's worth a visit when we have limited time.

No, forget it. Austro-Hispano-Asian fusion food. Not worth the travel...

I've also read about beisls and would like to try that style of restaurant.

The Gasthaus Pöschl and Gasthaus Wolf are "Edelbeisl", as is Rudis Beisl.

For real, old-fashioned Beisl go to:
Haas Beisl on Margaretenstrasse
Zum Reznicek on Reznicekgasse, or
Zur Eisernen Zeit on Naschmarkt (the only place on NM still of interest for me...)
or to Meixners Gastwirtschaft, or Restaurant Sperl

Schweizerhaus looks interesting and I've read about the haxen/schweinsstelze served there.

The haxen are dry tasteless pork knuckles...
But there is good beer and decent grilled chicken...
I would recommend on a sunny day the Schutzhaus am Ameisbach, for nice spareribs and Budweiser beer.
http://www.schutzhaus-ameisbach.at/fo...

I think I would like to try tafelspitz but I am not sure what the best place would be. I read a recommendation for the Rote Bar at the Hotel Sacher.

Good but expensive. Same is true for Plachutta...
We like the Tafelspitz in Altwiener Gastwirtschaft Schilling on Burggasse.

We arrive on a Sunday and I read on a different thread that Glacis Beisl would be a good option.
Yes, it is.

I love strudel and definitely want to try some of the best in town. Is there a place known for strudel?
No. Strudel is done at home. Any place will only serve a poor fake of real grandmas strudel...

For typical Austrian food, I've written down Gasthaus Reinthaler, Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper, Heidingers Gasthaus, Gasthaus Josefstadt, Zur Eisernen Zeit, Gasthaus Pöschl, and Zum Schwarzen Kameel but I have no clue how to narrow it down or pick my best options.

Plachutta is more expensive and Zum Schwarzen Kameel is most expensive, the rest is really low cost for great value !

I read an article about the zwiebelrostbraten at Beim Novak -- is this worth a visit?
Used to be quite good, have not been there lately, but the website is promising...

A few other dishes I am interested in trying are --
Schokoladen topfenpalatschinken (I've heard it's good at Drei Husarn),
Salzburger nockerln (not sure if it is served in Vienna),
Knodel/dumplings,
Kaiserschmarren,
Spatzle
Topfenstrudel
Kaiserschmarr’n
Drei Husaren is closed for good, and was very expensive.
Would try Heidingers Gasthaus
http://www.heidingers.at
or Altwiener Gastwirtschaft Schilling.
http://www.schilling-wirt.at/index.ph...

Has anyone tried Mama Liu & Sons? I don't necessarily want to eat Asian food in Vienna but after a few weeks in Europe we may be ready for a bit of a change. And if I do eat Asian food, I want to make sure it is awesome.

For awesome Asian food try
Zum kaiserlichen Thron for real Szechuan cuisine:
http://www.zumkaiserlichenthron.at
Or for Vietnamese cuisine: Pho Sai Gon or Good Morning Vietnam
http://www.goodmorningvietnam.at
Also Simon Xie Hongs places are recommended:
http://chinabar.at/essbar/
http://www.restaurant-on.at/en
http://www.chinabaranderwien.at

Important: many places will only accept cash, no cards !!

Aug 16, 2015
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Going to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest for 10 days mid-October- Need restaurant recommendations!

Check the timetable:
http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Conte...

If the performance ends around 10 p.m. there is no problem to get dinner afterwards !!
There are a lot of interesting options within 2 minutes walking:
Hotel Sacher has two restaurants: the Rote Bar and Anna Sacher, the Rote Bar is more convenient for late dinner:
http://www.sacher.com/hotel-sacher-wi...

Same high-end price category but more lounge like are Do&Co Albertina or the Bristol Lounge:
http://www.doco.com/en/restaurants/do...
http://www.bristol-lounge.at/en/

More casual and less expensive is Gasthaus Plachutta zur Oper in Walfischgasse:
http://www.plachutta.at/en/gasthaus_z...

BTW: a popular post-performance retreat for singers from the opera is the italian Ristorante Sole in Annagasse:
http://www.ristorante-sole.at

Aug 15, 2015
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Vienna: Sturmi, anything new?

Let me answer for kuku2, since I am right now eating a raspberry / hazelnut cup from that place...

It is the Eissalon am Schwedenplatz from the Molin-Pradel family, a family which owns a few gelaterias in town.
http://www.gelato.at

Menu(german): http://www.gelato.at/files/docs/Eissa...

But there are many other great gelaterias all over town, some quite close to Schwedenplatz, so the competition is hot !! Just read my first reply to kuku2...

Aug 15, 2015
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Going to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest for 10 days mid-October- Need restaurant recommendations!

Just try to get a place close to one of the subway stations. When you are able to use the subway you can get everywhere in very short time...

Aug 13, 2015
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Going to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest for 10 days mid-October- Need restaurant recommendations!

Most of the places with have a kitchen operating until 11 p.m. and close around midnight. A very few places are open till 2 am or later. But when cruising Vienna by night you will find a lot of street kiosks selling hot sausages, kebap and fried noodles operating all through the night...
BTW: Most restaurants will be closed on Sunday, but all Kaffeehäuser are open on Sunday.

And please keep in mind: most likely you will find more than adequate places to eat quite close to where you stay, and it is really not worth to travel too far in town in order to get something to eat !

Do you know the area where you will stay during these three days ? I could give you some more detailed hint on places with great food in your area.

Aug 13, 2015
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Going to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest for 10 days mid-October- Need restaurant recommendations!

Vienna restaurants: most likely more choices than in Bratislava or Budapest, since Viennese have more money to spend. But there are just a few worth a detour (see https://www.falter.at/web/wwei/ for contact details):

high-end, early reservation required: Steiereck, Konstantin Filippou

traditional Viennese cuisine, centrally located: Gasthaus Pöschl, Huth, Plachutta, as well as Figlmüller in one of its many outlets.

traditional Viennese cuisine, high quality tail to nose, slightly out of the way, but easy to reach: Gasthaus Wolf, Petz im Gusshaus

traditional Viennese cuisine, down-to-earth, tail to nose cooking, somewhat out of the way: Heidingers Gasthaus, Zum Recnizek, Meixners Gasthwirtschaft

Kaffeehaus: great for quick lunches, just drop into the next one, no need to travel through town !

Pastry: Demel is hard to beat, Aida almost as good and has many locations.

Museum cafes/bistros: actually most of them are quite good and conveniently located. Vienna is a four day visit if you want to see just the major sights, so getting a fast bite in a museum cafe is an easy way to save time !
And sitting under the cupola of the KHM or in the Gloriette pavillion is hard to beat.

Aug 13, 2015
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casual dining in Vienna / Bratislava / Budapest

Vienna is full of casual places. The number of high-end restaurants requiring formal attire is rapidly shrinking. There are also very few outright tourist traps, most of them located on Naschmarkt. But even on Naschmarkt there are some places you might enjoy, such as Zur Eisernen Zeit, a small pub operating since 1916...

When looking for inexpensive places popular with locals I would stay outside of the city center, and rather walk along Burggasse, Neustiftgasse or Gumpendorferstrasse. There you will find many small places offering local and ethnic food of any kind.

Any idea where you will stay when in Vienna ? Maybe I can give you some more detailed advice when I know in which area you will be.

Aug 11, 2015
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Trip report - Prague, Vienna, Budapest-- Part 2 of 3 (Vienna)

Good point.
All the travel guides, including the popular Tripadvisor, habe a lot of errors, mistakes and obsolete hints. BTW: We rarely use any guides - printed or online - when traveling. I buy them, download them, but I never get around to read them..

OTOH I like offline maps on my iPhone, and I like boards like this one. I remember our first visit to Hawaii in 1994, when I got some restaurant infos from a usenet group, which name I have forgotten. But the Hula Grill in Kaanapali Beach and Cheeseburgers In Paradise in Lahaina are fond memories...

Back to Vienna: I am quite happy that you also liked Brunnenmarkt. But keep in mind: the best Brunnenmarkt experience is on Friday and Saturday, when the farmers market on Yppenplatz takes place.
There you can even buy top quality raw milk Swiss cheese from Jumi:
http://www.jumi.lu
organic bread from Kasses:
http://www.kasses.at
and craft beer and single malt whisky from a microbrewery in the mountains close to Vienna: http://www.erzbräu.at

Aug 11, 2015
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Trip report - Prague, Vienna, Budapest-- Part 2 of 3 (Vienna)

Nice report !!

On the other hand, why did you visit Naschmarkt at all ??
We have had this topic on this board now for some time. Everyone agreed that the Naschmarkt is deteriorating and not really worth visiting...

BTW: Most likely the "pretty good lamb gyros" you had was not lamb, just cheap chicken kebap...

Aug 09, 2015
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4 days in Munich and 4 in Vienna?

Hello VAfoodie,
If you stay in a place near the opera you will have ample opportunities for great food, either close to your hotel or wherever you are when sightseeing. The most sights (the imperial palace and most major museums) are within walking distance, with the exception of the Belvedere palace and Schönbrunn.

Places close to the opera offering typical Viennese cuisine:
high end: Anna Sacher and Sacher Rote Bar, right behind the opera on Philharmonikerstrasse
http://www.sacher.com/hotel-sacher-vi...

mainstream: Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper on Walfischgasse
http://www.plachutta-oper.at

down to the earth: Gasthaus Reinthaler on Gluckgasse
https://plus.google.com/1143152320953...
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

For places closer to the sights I recommend my prior postings, especially those recommending museum cafeterias, which are in most cases excellent for a quick lunch.

OT: when traveling from Munich to Salzburg and Vienna take the train. the Austrian Railjet is a modern fast train and needs 4 hours for Munich to Vienna, but just 2:20 for the Salzburg - Vienna leg.
http://www.oebb.at/de/Reisen_ins_Ausl...

Aug 02, 2015
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4 days in Munich and 4 in Vienna?

Hello VAfoodie,
Yes, when will you be on Vienna, where do yo stay and what are your planned activities besides of eating interesting things ?

Jul 26, 2015
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Vienna dining report

The char you had at Steirereck is called Saibling or Bachsaibling. It is considered to be the best fish from local waters !

Jul 13, 2015
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Vienna dining report

A "salmon trout" is just an ordinary rainbow trout which has a salmon-colored meat because of its major food source: crayfish. Of course this is just an assumption, since many "salmon trouts" are from fish farms, and their salmon color might be just a clever marketing gag...

At "Zum Schwarzen Kameel", on the other hand, you might indeed have eaten some wild-caught salmon from one if the many clear rivers in Austria...

Jul 12, 2015
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Vienna dining report

Hi Wendyrobin,

Congratulations ! You did it. The perfect Vienna experience.
I am sure you now want to come back and get more of it !!

Jul 11, 2015
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Vienna: Sturmi, anything new?

Hi kukubura,
Great story !
You definitely need no help at all for finding delicious food here in Vienna !!

Jul 10, 2015
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Hi Strumi, (VIENNA) Your leads back in 2008 brought me to some great meals in Vienna, looking for some advice again.

Hi Porto,
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay in Vienna and the dinner at Petz !!

Jul 06, 2015
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Strumi/Vienna: Special Dinner

No, your experience was not the only bad one...
So, the owner hired a second chef, a great talent, Jacqueline Pfeiffer, who is now presenting her dishes alongside the creations of Christian Domschitz !

We enjoyed Pfeiffers cuisine last year in her former place of work, Le Ciel, and I guess the Vestibül is now worth visiting ...

Jul 06, 2015
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Strumi/Vienna: Special Dinner

vanderb, I totaly agree with you !!

But you know, some people love this old-world charm, some are frightened by it, and some simply hate it...

BTW: there is another old-style restaurant which has a different, less belle-epoque than Anna Sacher and more art-nouveau style interior, and serves the same Viennese classics of high quality:
Zum Schwarzen Kameel
http://www.kameel.at/en_restaurant.php

Jul 03, 2015
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Strumi/Vienna: Special Dinner

Vestibül, Anna Sacher and Sacher Rote Bar are all very Viennese, but also quite formal. In fact my wife and I got engaged to marry in the Sacher cafe over coffee and apfelstrudel , and we also celebrated my graduation there in the Anna Sacher restaurant, but all this happened about 40 years ago, and there are now more choices available...

For a more intimate setting I would maybe recommend Walter Bauer, a small high-end place with a very eclectic new Viennese menu and a new chef de cuisine with a great CV.
http://www.falstaff.at/gourmetartikel...

or - again - the Restaurant of Meinl am Graben, because of its location, its great view from one of the window tables, and its excellent food, and in spite of the fact that the food crowd is still avoiding this place. This is not caused by the performance of the crew, but more by the name: Meinl is still center of a bank scandal...
http://www.meinlamgraben.at/content.a...
http://www.falstaff.at/restaurantdeta...

And maybe you should also consider Konstantin Fillipou. His place is very simple and informal, but also small, and the tasting menu is a real experience. No molecular cuisine, and no raw food, but very refined compositions with a very personal style. The only downside might be his wine list, which is heavy on "natural wines"....
http://www.konstantinfilippou.com/en/...
http://www.falstaff.at/restaurantdeta...

BTW: Falstaff is the Austrian version of Zagat. A very good copy of Zagats system, but no connections...

Jul 02, 2015
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one-day visits to Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava--recommendations?

Brunnenmarkt on a Monday morning might be a little bit disappointing. The "good" market stands are only operating on Friday and Saturday, on Monday all you can get is cheap vegetables and fruits and some overripened hard cheeses...

Jul 02, 2015
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one-day visits to Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava--recommendations?

Indeed, "yes" is the correct answer to your questions !

Vienna is full of inexpensive places where you can get quite decent food, local or ethnic, and 7/24. No need to make any detour for Rebhuhn, especially since they do not have a nice outdoor dining area !

BUT: shops are all closed on Sunday !

Regarding the option of buying provision the only place where you can buy basic food items on a sunday are supermarkets on train stations and in the largest hospital, the AKH, but the selection is limited to prepacked food items. I would rather wait for monday morning, and then buy the food on Naschmarkt. Quite a few places on Naschmarkt have excellent cheese, ham, sausages and other cured meats, such as Pöhl and Urbanek, which both are on the same lane just a few meters apart. And the Gradwohl bakery will sell you great dark bread.

Jul 02, 2015
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Vienna: Sturmi, anything new?

Had to stop because work was calling, and it is now too late to edit the prior post...

Back to hot food:
We still like the northern Italian fare from Toni Mimra Osteria Friulana and Raetus Wetter Cucina Wetter:
http://www.cantinafriulana.at/index.php
http://www.wettercucina.at

But if you want the real down-to-earth Viennese stuff, there is no way beyond Heidingers Gasthaus: http://www.heidingers.at
And yes, they have an English menu !!

And one more thing:
If it is cold and rainy, and you would want to feel the Mediterrean spirit of fresh wild-caught fish: there is help. A small place, basically a one-man show of Croatian seafood cuisine: http://www.nenosfeines.at

Jun 30, 2015
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Vienna: Sturmi, anything new?

Hi kukubura !

Great to hear from you !!

Yes, there are a few new places you might want to try out:

High-end:
Konstantin Fillipou has opened a bistro called "O Boufes" next to his high-end three star restaurant. Definitely a place to try !
http://www.konstantinfilippou.com/de/...

Low-end:
Patrick Müller has opened a no-frills outlet called "punkS". Any dish just 4.50 !
https://www.facebook.com/punks8

Badeschiff has reopened, a great location on the Donaukanal, just beside the pop-up "Slow Taco"
http://prostmahlzeit.wien/wp-content/...
http://www.tclb.at/projects/slow-tacos/

Last years open air pop up place by the same people is now a year round place for Texan BBQ: http://www.brickmakers.at

If you want to stick to local food, try Petz im Gusshaus:
http://www.gusshaus.at
Christian Petz is master of offal. Recommended

The new local hype is vegan ice-cream. Several new ice-cream places are all over town: http://www.format.at/leben/essen-trin...
http://www.veganista.at/?Page=40
http://www.heilingeis.at/aktuelles.html#
https://www.facebook.com/gefrorenes

Back to hot food:
We still prefer Toni Mimra Osteria Friulana and Raetus Wetter Cucina Wetter:

Jun 30, 2015
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