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Grinzinger Bräu

Grinzinger Bräu, located on Himmelstrasse 4 in the 19th district, is an exceptionally kid-friendly restaurant. When I made our reservations I mentioned we’d have two children with us, and upon our arrival we were seated at a large, comfortable table in a back corner of the restaurant. Not only were our children less likely to disturb other patrons here, but there were two large tupperware bins full of toys and books. No one batted an eye when my children proceeded to take out every single toy and spread them across the floor.

The menu contained typical hearty Austrian fare (meat, meat, and more meat), but also had a kids’ section. My children ended up splitting the backhendl (half of a chicken, fried to delicious perfection) off the adult’s menu, and enjoyed the freshly-pressed apple juice on offer. My husband and I ordered a plate of Austrian cheeses, which came with grapes and breads, for ourselves, but our children ended up eating half of that as well. In fact, I think I’ve never seen my children eat as much as they did at this restaurant!

The “adult food” was also great. We both ordered a rack of ribs, which ended up being two racks per order. The ribs came with a very generous portion of crispy roasted potatoes and a couple dipping sauces. And speaking of portions: I am six months pregnant and am able to eat practically my own body weight in food. The portions here were so large, however, that I was not able to finish my dinner. Come hungry!

And beer lovers, come thirsty. My husband reports the beer is some of the best he’s had from the various brew restaurants though out the city that we’ve visited. Everyone in our family left with a full belly and a smile on their face.

for more information:

  • Visit the restaurant’s website.
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Rathaus Film Festival

One of the highlights of our past two summers in Vienna has been the music film festival. A large screen is placed in front of the Rathaus, and hundreds of chairs and bleachers are put out so people can enjoy the music films that are projected onto the screen. The music films are shown nightly at sundown, and range from classic operas and ballet performances to modern jazz and rock & roll.

Get your free musical performances here!

Get your free musical performances here!

About 20 food stands are set up along the path leading from the ring road to the front of the Rathaus, representing culinary delights from both Austria and as far afield as Australia. Each booth also offers a couple signature cocktails, and the Ottakringer Brewery has a stand offering an amazing variety of brews. There are also a couple ice cream and coffee trucks interspersed with the food stands. The “culinary strasse” is open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

Food stands and seating

Food stands and seating

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Visit the event’s website (German)
  • Visit the Vienna tourism board’s website (English)

 

Review: Gösser Eck

Gösser Eck is one of the restaurants within Prater, located on Zufahrtstrasse near the entrance of the park accessible by the U2 stop “Messe Prater.” It’s a traditional Austrian restaurant with indoor seating and a small outdoor biergarten. It serves Viennese and  Styrian specialites with an apparent emphasis on meat: when you enter the biergarten, the first thing you see is a roaster with several entire chickens skewered onto spits slowly rotating.

We had a Groupon for a grilled plate for two, which looked like this:

meat

The top layer consisted of two racks of ribs, two pieces of schnitzel, two Frankfurter sausages, chicken wings, and onion rings. Underneath was a bed of buttered rice and roasted potatoes. A couple mugs of Gösser Spezial brew were the perfect accompaniment to this delicious and hearty meal. I especially enjoyed the ribs, which were some of the best that I’ve had in Vienna.

The Groupon for this feast (plus a digestive that tasted like Unicum and Coke over ice) cost us Euro 14,90. I do not know how much this meal would have normally cost, but the menu prices seemed to be in line with what you’d normally pay at this type of restaurant. The servers were very friendly and the service was fast. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Visit the restaurant’s website.

Review: Arsenalstuben

Arsenalstuben is located in the city arsenal, which also houses the military history museum. If walking around the museum has worked up an appetite that the toasts offered at the museum’s café can’t satisfy, then head over to this restaurant for a delicious meal. It is currently open for lunches on weekdays (10:00-5:00), but it is closing for renovations 16 August. When it reopens on 8 September, it will be open daily and with (I believe) extended hours.

I ordered the set lunch menu when I visited. For Euros 7,90 you can get a main with either a soup or dessert. For an extra Euro 1,30 you can have all three courses. I opted for just two courses: a wonderful tomato cream soup and grilled halloumi cheese served over a salad. The main came with a bread basket and unlike some restaurants, here you are not charged extra for eating the bread.

Main

Main course: bread and salad

The food was delicious and I left with a full, happy stomach. The wait staff was very friendly and the service was prompt. This was a great way to conclude my visit to the arsenal and I definitely intend to have another meal at this restaurant when I visit the museum again.

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Review: Zum Englischer Reiter

Schweizerhaus is our usual lunch destination when we visit Prater, but we decided to try Zum Englischer Reiter during our most recent visit. I am glad that we did because we found this restaurant/beer garden to be a pleasant change. First of all, it was not nearly as crowded and noisy. We were able to walk right in and sit down at a shaded outdoor table without a reservation.

The wait staff was also considerably less surly. I had ordered kaese spaetzle for my parents, but the waiter brought a plate of fried cheese instead. I was worried that an attempt to send the plate back would be met with withering contempt (at best), but this worry was unfounded. I got an, “Ah, so!” with a neutral, perhaps indifferent, look. And we had a plate of fresh spaetzle in under ten minutes.

Ganze Stelze für zwei

Ganze Stelze für zwei

The stelze was the best that we’ve had in Vienna to date. The meat was perfectly tender and had a great flavor. It came with four peppers skewered through it, and with brown bread, mustard, and kren on the side. We ordered sauerkraut and potato salad to round it out, and this meal “for two” was actually enough to feed me, my husband, and my son with some food leftover.

I thought the prices here were reasonable. The stelze main, for example, cost Euro 16,90 and as I mentioned, it served as a meal for three people. I enjoyed the food (and beer) here and we’ll definitely return.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Visit the restaurant’s website.