Saturday, December 22, 2012
Ohhh, man, I totally forgot how we got here. I had a quick look online and found that this place was mildly recommended, but I felt like the recommendations were mild, and you know how I love to explore (as does someone, up to a point...a point somewhat before mine). I found a place 20 minutes from the station, a gasthaus that had higher ratings and the promise of some neighborhood atmosphere to go with lunch. So we walked off there, trekking through freezing temperatures (really, it was just below freezing yesterday, I'm not complaining unnecessarily) and deep into a pretty interesting ethnic suburb of Vienna. This was the first time we saw people that looked like Turks and Chinamen in any quantity, and in fact we stopped into a corner grocer that turned out to be Bulgarian - and deeply proud of it.
After at least the aforementioned 20 minutes and several GPS consultations, we had passed a few cute-looking neighborhood places and finally came to Gasthaus Quell. It was closed, which is perfectly normal for Austrian restaurants on Saturdays. Now I know. I was worried about closures on Sundays, or for the holiday season that's upon us, but really didn't think that a restaurant of some repute would be closed on an average Saturday. All of which left me with a hungry, tired wife (who I hasten to add didn't complain a bit) and a long walk back to the station and palace. We tried to go into one of those cute neighborhood places along the way, but were immediately repulsed by a tremendous wave of cigarette smoke. If you're following this trip on the Facebooks as well, you know that I think everyone here smokes, and this didn't prove me wrong.
This was the point when I looked at the roll and said "OMG it's a KAISER ROLL!!! THEY'RE NAMED AFTER THE KAISER!!!" which in fact I still believe to be the case, and Wikipedia agrees.
This doesn't even begin to get into the coffee and cake selection (although the coffee, being in a Viennese cafe, is almost certainly forgettable), and I bet those are worthwhile. For goodness sake, don't bother looking for any other place to eat. Just go here while at Schonbrunn.
Tell 'em the Kaiser sent you.
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