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Planning Vienna trip... Narrowing choices

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Planning Vienna trip... Narrowing choices

Cookingthebooks | Nov 7, 2010 01:37 AM

My husband and I are planning a trip to Vienna for three days in late November. It's my first visit and I'm VERY excited to try Viennese cuisine. I am, however, feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to absorb the vocabulary and specialties of an entirely new (to me) culture and city. I've done a lot of research here and am posting now with specific questions. We have 2-3 lunches and 1 dinner slot to fill. I'm also interested in afternoon coffee/cake breaks.

For the dinner, I am looking for classic Viennese food -- I prefer honest, simple fare to fine dining or formal settings. I would love to try wiener schnitzel, gulasch, semmelknödel, clear soup. Here are a few places on my radar for dinner (remember, I can only pick one!):

Rudi's Beisl
Restaurant Sperl
Pfudl
3 Hacken

For lunch, I prefer eating a lighter meal, even if it's on the go. Places on my radar for lunch:
Wurstelstand am at the Hoher Markt
MAK cafe

For coffee/cake breaks, I'm looking for a classic, Viennese, Old World experience, even if it's a little touristy. I'd like to try apfelstrudel, topfenstrudel, and/or sour cherry strudel. And of course, Sacher Torte. Places on my radar:
Digas
Tirolerhof
Mozart
Bräuherhof
Café Sperl

For cocktail hour, I'd love to sample Austrian wine. Places on my radar:
Wein & Co.
Julius Meinl's wine bar
Unger & Klein

Could you help me narrow down my choices, please?

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