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Home First Posted: May 28, 2011
May 30, 2011

Some Restaurants Along the Way


Fishmarkr 11
1010 Vienna -- Austria

The Griechenbeisl (The Greek Inn) is one of Vienna's oldest inns. Artists, scholars and politicians would congregate in the Griechenbeisl to eat, drink, debate and reflect - often into the early hours. From the world famous balladeer 'Der lieber Augustin' to later figures of the stature of Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Strauss, Brahms, the painters Waldmüller and Schwind, the opera singer Schaljapin, writers Mark Twain, Grillparzer and Nestroy, and political personalities such as Karl Lueger and Graf Zeppelin have all appreciated its traditional Viennese cuisine and creature comforts. The framed autographs on the walls of the famous Mark Twain room ensure that their presence lives on here. Both the Viennese and visitors to the city continue to meet here to enjoy a meal, a few drinks and live music. In summer or winter, al fresco or inside its cozy vaulted rooms, at the Griechenbeisl you can experience a true taste of Vienna. Bill ordered the traditional Wiennerschnitzel which he said was quite tasty. I ordered fish filet which was bathed in butter and excellent.

The Griechenbeisl

1010 Wien, Wollzeile 38

Whether residents of Vienna, business people or stars and VIP's from all over the world, hundreds of guests crowd daily the "Plachutta Wollzeile" to savor the famous Tafelspitz (boiled beef) in its best form. The restaurant, kept in friendly shades of green and yellow, reflects modern Viennese restaurant culture. We asked about ordering the fish and our server told us that he did not like fish so he was not a good one to ask. My husband and I ordered fish and it was outstanding. White asparagus was in season so we had that as well. We very much enjoyed our dining experience here before attending the opera, "L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)." Reservations are recommended and business dress is appropriate. Jeans and tennis shoes are not appropriate. Tafelspitz & Tradition

Plachutta Wollzeile Restaurant (left) and Tafelspitz (right)

Budapest, Hungary

Pizza Marzano

Near the Parliament, Pizza Marzano, had a lovely outdoor eating area with blankets draped over the backs of chairs and heater lights above the outdoor tables is you wanted them. The evening was cool so we both covered our shoulders with the blankets and felt quite toasty and warm. Bill and I had an evening meal--not pizza. We both ordered salads which were perfect. It was peaceful and quiet, the service was prompt and efficient and the price was right.


Cafe Callais and Bar

This was a really fine restaurant. Bill and I had decided to have a lovely dinner together. I had the best venison steaks ever! They were so perfectly prepared and so tender they just melted in my mouth. Yummy! Bill ordered duck with apples and cranberries. It was outstanding, as well.


Restaurace U Maltézských rytíru
Prokopska 10
Prague 1 110 00
Czech Republic

This is a cozy restaurant on Prokopská Street in a house in Lesser Town. The sign is a unique double house-sign. The restaurant offers an intimate milieu of Czech, as well as international cuisine, together with a selection of quality Czech, Moravian, French, Italian and Chillean wines. There are two floors which are divided into three rooms. On the ground floor, there is a renaissance vaulted room with a well supplied bar. We had lunch here on another day because the dining was so good. There are only 3 tables that can seat up to 12 guests.

Under romantic gothic vaults, there are 2 lounges available with the capacity to seat up to 14. This room is very romantic and intimate with lighted candles and live piano music. This is where the four of us had dinner.

Charming, romantic, ancient and beautiful are just a few of the adjectives that I would use when describing Mala Strana, the oldest quarter in Prague. The cobbled streets, in this part of town, are smaller and narrower than elsewhere in the city. They retain the charm and atmosphere of a city from the 16th, 17th or 18th century. Horses and handsome cabs can still be seen intermingled among trams and cars. There is no finer quarter for beautiful buildings, wonderful restaurants and access to the main tourist attractions. Again, the dinner dining here was outstanding! We went back again for lunch and it was just as good with excellent service and ambience, as well. We enjoyed this dinner with Karen and Burt. A friend of Karen's had recommended the restaurant. We would like to recommend it to all of you, too!

Outside Sign and Light (left) Bill, Debbie, Karen and Burt (right)

Our Server and the inside of the restaurant downstairs vaulted room

Staroceská Krcma
Ckalova 15
160 00 Hl.m. Praha-Praha 6, Czech Republic

We three couples had dinner at the Staroceská Kroma and all our meals were delicious. I had duck and I believe Bill ordered venison. Everything was well appointed and the service was excellent, too. We recommend this restaurant. To be safe make reservations.


Staromestská Restaurace
Praha 1
Staromestske namesti 19 110 00, Prague, Czech Republic

We stopped here for lunch because we wanted to rest our feet and people watch. The restaurant is right on the square with an excellent view. Although many people on TripAdvisor found this to be a good restaurant we did not. Outside the service was really bad. The prices were higher when sitting outside rather than inside. Both our lunches were less than mediocre. The credit card machine was not working--we had to wait 3/4 hour for them to get it to work before we could leave. The food caused lower GI problems! The chef had to really work hard to mess up a salad! I suspect the vegetables were not kept at proper temperatures or were otherwise tainted with bacteria. Maybe it was just an off day for Staromestská Restaurace but with our experience we would NOT recommend this restaurant! Find another one on the square! Maybe dinner would be better.

The beer and coke light were fine. After lunch GI problems from the food!

Helsinki, Finland
Along Esplanade Park Street

Old bank hall, Finnish menu

In cellar, elegant seafood and shish menu.

Pohjoisesplalnadi 21
Cozy, popular, authentic Finnish menu! We were with two other couples and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We all had varied main courses--everyone raved about their choice. I had the reindeer filets. A WOW! My husband had a traditional Finnish fish and thoroughly savored his meal. Our server was outstanding. She enhanced an already exceptional experience. We would recommend this dining spot to anyone. Just know that it is pricey.

Our server (left) and Karen, Burt, Wendy, Dave, Bill and Deb is taking the picture! (right)

Prohjoisesplanadi 29
Grad Hotel style brasserie

Pohoisesplanadi 2
Modern Finnish/International menu

Eteläespianadi 8*
Innovative Scandinavian menu
Michelin star

Pohjoisesplanadi 19
Self-service sandwiches and salads
Old Art Nouveau room

Eteläesplanadi 1
Traditional, good Finnish menu

Eteläranta 16
One of the best fish restaurants in the city.

Eteläranta 16
Opposite Market Hall, cozy fish and Finnish menu

Pohjoinen Makaslinikatu 6
Upstairs/downstairs rooms, Finnish Scandinavian menu

Kasarminkaatu 44*
Innovative Scandinavian menu
Michelin Star

Mannerheimintie 22-24
Art deco building, popular "Helsinidi Menu"

Annankatu 22
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