Mr. Selfish and I visited Vienna, Austria for two days. The first thing we did was go to the Naschmarkt, which is Vienna’s largest outdoor market. The market had a great deal of fresh veggies, dried fruits, and spices. Mr. Selfish and I bought some dried erdbeere (strawberries) to munch on. There was also a lot of falafel and doner kebab stands.
The best thing we found at the market was not Viennese at all though. It was Hungarian – a kürtőskalács also known as a chimney cake. It is a sweet pastry cooked on a wooden spool in an oven and dipped in sugar and cinnamon. It was light and flaky and utterly delicious!
That evening, Mr. Selfish and I wanted to eat schnitzel since the Austrians claim to have invented it. We found a restaurant called Specht serving it. I ordered the schnitzel, and Mr. Selfish ordered veal meatballs. They were both okay, but when we received our check, we discovered a cover charge of 2.5 euros per person. A cover charge for dinner? Yes, you read that correctly. That put a damper on our first restaurant meal in Vienna.
The next night for dinner, we went to a quaint hipster restaurant called Finkh. There was no cover charge here, and the service was impeccable. The menu was in German, and the waiter volunteered to translate all of the dishes into English for us. On top of that, the food was divine. I had beef goulash, and Mr. Selfish enjoyed a spinach dish with potato/pasta cakes.
For our last meal in Vienna, we ate at the train station. There wasn’t much variety so we decided to go with the doner kebab stand. I had seen the doner noodle boxes all over Vienna and wanted to try it. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. Mr. Selfish went the traditional route and had a doner kebab.
The food was okay in Vienna, but I guess we didn’t really have anything truly authentic Viennese – other than the schnitzel. And it is disputed whether the Austrians, Germans, or even the Romans invented the schnitzel.