Viennese Street Food

What to eat when out in the street

 

This is the third installment of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

Today we cover food that can be consumed on the go. So let’s jump right into the action:

Extrawurstsemmel

 

Extrawurstsemmel

Extrawurstsemmel

A beloved classic – for both children and adults. And a ridiculously long word. So let’s take tackle it piece by piece. Extrawurst is a pork sausage speciality that will be served in a roll (Semmel). You get extra points for ordering the popular add-on: Gurkerl (sliced pickles).

Where would you order this? You can order it at the, another long word, Feinkosttheke (counter at the supermarket for ham, sausages and cheese) or at the butcher of your choice.

A more upscale version would be a roll with Beinschinken (bone-in-ham) and Kren (Horseradish).

Feinkosttheke

Feinkosttheke

Leberkäsesemmel

 

Leberkäsesemmel

Leberkäsesemmel
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This speciality (literally “liver cheese”) is made of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions that were finely grinded and then baked until it has a crunchy brown crust. Usually served warm, this comes in delicious variations: classic, spicy, pizza or, a fan favorite, with cheese.

This can be ordered at both supermarket and Würstelstand (sausage stand). Some popular outlets are:

Würstelstand Bitzinger

Würstelstand
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Our tip: Try the horse-meat version from the family run butcher Gumprecht at Karmelitermarkt (A good way to reinvigorate on our Urban tour).

 

Polaroid Karmelitermarkt

Karmelitermarkt

Liptauer

 

Liptauer

Liptauer
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A vegetarian option at last, this spread is made of curd and peppers. My personal favorite is getting it in a Salzstangerl (a long bread roll with salt on it). Available at supermarkets like Billa and Spar, but not at the sausage stand. It’s also quite popular at the Heurigen. We’d probably get back to that Viennese classic in a later post 😉

Käsekrainer

 

Käsekrainer

Käsekrainer
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Representative for the various other sausages you could order at a sausage stand we’d like you to meet the Käsekrainer. A cheese infused grilled sausage. Traditionally it is served with bread (Brot) and mustard (Senf – either sweet or hot, the latter being the more popular one) on the side. Some Ketchup is fine as well. If you want to treat yourself you can add horseradish (Kren) and/or chili peppers (Pfefferoni, which aren’t as spicy hot as regular chilis).

What else can be ordered at the sausage stand? Let’s do some name dropping:

  • Frankfurter (which are wieners, but we call them Frankfurter because we are in Vienna)
  • Debreziner (a spicy version of the Frankfurter)
  • Waldviertler (which I personally don’t like)
  • Bratwurst

There is more, but one can only eat that much 😀

Probably the most popular stand is Bitzinger’s at Albertinaplatz (which you can visit on our Classic tour).

Satisfy Your Cravings

Sweet Dishes & Deserts

 

This is the second installment of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

We started this series because of a number of questions that people usually ask us when wondering on what the Austrians like to eat and drink. So we thought, why not answer them here 🙂

Today we cover sweet dishes. Austrians love sweet stuff, but who aren’t.

But in Austria it’s okay to have a sweet dish as the main dish for let’s say dinner. Really? Yes, really.

Sounds like paradise to me, doesn’t it. We also have quite the number of sweets, cakes, strudels and so on, but today we focus on dishes.

Kaiserschmarren

 

Kaiserschmarren

Kaiserschmarren
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This famous Viennese dessert is made out of pancake dough and usually served with Zwetschkenröster (plum sauce). It is equally delicious and impossible to pronounce for a non-native. But one could try!

Palatschinken

 

Palatschinken

Palatschinken
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The Austrian version of the French crêpe comes with various fillings. Apricot jam being a classic.

Buchteln

 

Buchteln

Buchteln
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Buchteln are baked yeast buns, usually with a plum jam filling and served with warm vanilla sauce. We think it’s not a coincidence that yeast and yummy both start with a Y.

Marillenknödel

 

Marillenknödel

Marillenknödel
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A speciality of the Wachau region are apricots. One of the many ways to create delicious things out of apricots are these filled dumplings. A meal each Austrian thinks of fondly when swelling in childhood memories.

You are back home and in the mood for some Austrian delicacies? The Vienna tourism board has a great collection of recipes. Follow the link for their sweets and desserts recipes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this mouth watering read. Stay tuned for the next part that covers non-alcoholic drinks.

Not For The Faint of Heart (If Your A Vegetarian)

Viennese Meat Dishes

 

A while ago we wrote an entry on where to get the best food around our office. The “Sophort Headquarters” are located in the ninth district of Vienna. The district is called Alsergrund and the area – “Grätzel” in Viennese, is called Servitenviertel (Serviten Quarter).

This entry will be the first part of a number of posts that cover the questions that are asked by many visitors to Vienna. They are asked over and over again and they are legitimate questions. But they’re also a hard to answer. But let’s try 🙂

What are typical Austrian dishes? What should I order at a Restaurant?

It’s a difficult question because the Austrian cuisine is influenced by so many other cultures and derives from the Austrian-Hungarian empire. Therefore you’ll find similar dishes in Restaurants in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Not the exact same, but for example you can get Gulyas in all three countries.
Today we cover dishes that contain meat. Sorry vegans, you have to wait a little longer. But, you’ll be served (pun intended).

You can find the other posts here:

So, here we go:

Wiener Schnitzel

 

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel
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The CLASSIC! Typically every carnivorous visitor to Vienna is craving a Wiener Schnitzel. Traditionally this is breaded and fried veal, but most of the times you can also choose the cheaper pork, chicken or even turkey.

We recommend potato salad as a side, but potatoes with parsley is great to. Quite common as a side are fries, which, well, are fries. You can have them everywhere so get something else. Your Schnitzel comes with a slice of lemon, that’s not just for decoration!

Pierce your Schnitzel with your fork and drip the lemon juice over it. Why? Just do it 😀

We can recommend the Schnitzel at Rebhuhn. Figlmüller is in every tour guide. They are famous for the size. Also at Plachutta at the Opera you can get great Schnitzel as well as all the other Viennese cuisine staples.

Backhendlsalat (Breaded chicken on salad)

 

Backhendl

Backhendlsalat
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Not exactly Viennese cuisine – it’s origin is in the Austrian state of Styria, but a great option if you’re looking for some tasty breaded chicken! It is served on a mixed salad (leafs and potatoes) and marinated with the dark, delicious Styrian Kürbiskernöl (oil from pumpkin seeds).

Stelze (pork knuckle)

 

Stelze

Stelze
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Crispy! Look out for crispy. Usually served with mustard and fresh horseradish. Get a large beer and relax. Famous for this dish in Vienna is the Schweizerhaus at the Prater.

Tafelspitz (boiled beef fillet)

 

Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz
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Beef fillet from the shoulder, cooked for hours in a hearty beef-soup and then served with an apple-horseradish and a chives sauce. Popular side: Extra-crispy fried potatoes.

Our tip: Plachutta is famous for this dish and it’s the best I’ve tried in Vienna.

There are obviously many, many more delicious Viennese meat dishes, but we think this list is a good start.

You are back home and in the mood for some Austrian delicacies? The Vienna tourism board has a great collection of recipes. Follow the link for their meat recipes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this mouth watering read. Stay tuned for the next part that covers sweet dishes. Yum!