Austrians love good food. Many of their dishes have been influenced
by Czech, German, or Hungarian cooking. Popular meats include
beef, chicken, pork, sausage, and veal. An Austrian dish called
Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) has become a favourite
in many countries. Popular side dishes in Austria include
dumplings, noodles, and potatoes. The people drink beer or
wine with many meals. The delicious cakes and pastries created
by Austrian bakers are world famous.
Austrian food is similar to German food, but with Hungarian
and Slav elements lingering from the days of the Empire.
Most food is simple meat and potatoes fare, but when
you begin to tire of it, you can always liven things
up with a spicy gulasch or a dish prepared Zigeuner-style.
Schnitzel is a meat cutlet or, veal unless otherwise
specified, pounded thin, usually breaded and sauted
with or without sauce.
This is a famous local dish eaten among the Austrians.
Usually spiced with paprika,and served with potatoes,
but more often served with bread or some kind of dumpling.
A Viennese specialty is Fiakergulasch, with an egg in
it and is supposedly favored by the Fiaker drivers (a
horse-drawn carriage) of Vienna.
Wiener Backhendl (Backhuhn)
Most Americans would be surprised to learn that the
Viennese make or prepare fantastic fried chicken, which
is occasionally served with salads, vegetables or pickled