The Best Wiener Schnitzel In Vienna

Vienna, Best Wiener Schnitzel
Best Wiener Schnitzel? Vienna has a few contenders for best Wiener Schnitzel. My vote goes to Ritz-Carlton, pricey at 22 euros, but an experience to remember. I also have heard, but did not sample, the Wiener Schmankerlteller with fried chicken fillets and schnitzel, at Cafe Sacher. Another contender: Figlmueller. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

You can’t visit Vienna and leave without passing forkfuls of Wiener Schnitzel past your lips and into your belly.

There are many variations — pork, chicken and veal — and many institutions that lay claim to the best. The famed Figlmueller claims to have originated schnitzel more than 100 years ago, and the two locations in Vienna certainly serve up the largest portions, 30 centimeters (or 12 inches) in diameter, proudly waffling off the edges of plates.

Some would argue that Figlmueller also serves up Vienna’s best schnitzel. I beg to differ. For me, the distinction goes to Ritz-Carlton for quality, taste and value. Ritz-Carlton’s Wiener Schnitzel will set you back 22 euros (about US$30), but it’s made from veal, as it should be, and includes potato salad and cranberry sauce. At Figlmueller, the Wiener Schnitzel is made of pork, unless you “upgrade” to veal, and then the cost, with potato salad and cranberry, comes to about 25 euros (US$33).

Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmueller
Vienna’s Most Famous Schnitzel: At Figlmueller. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Serving Up Schnitzel At Figlmueller
Serving Up Schnitzel At Figlmueller: The name ”Wiener (Viennese) Schnitzel” dates to the mid-19th century. The classic dish may have originated in northern Italy as the costoletta alla milanese, a similarly prepared but thicker veal cutlet. Legend has it that in 1857, Austrian field marshal Count Joseph Radetzky brought the recipe back to Vienna from the Italian territories under Habsburg rule. When Radetzky submitted a report on the situation in Lombardy, an aide-de-camp to the Austrian Emperor added a side note about a ”deliciously breaded veal cutlet.” Upon Radetzky’s return to the imperial capital, the Emperor requested the recipe, and the dish became a Viennese staple. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The Best Value Wiener Schnitzel
Figlmueller charges 13.90 euros for its Wiener Schnitzel, plus 3.80 for potato salad and another euro for the cranberry topping. However, veal Wiener Schnitzel, which is what you get at the Ritz-Carlton for 22 euros including accompaniments, costs 19.90 at Figlmueller, plus the costs of the accompaniments. Winner on value: Ritz-Carlton. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Figlmueller, Vienna's Largest Schnitzel
I thought the Wiener Schnitzel was good at Figlmueller, not as good as at the Ritz-Carlton, but Figlmueller’s was definitely larger, measuring 30 centimeters across (nearly 12 inches). © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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Those look amazing – they’re the size of pizzas! Huge wiener schnitzel fan here. Our family is Czech and we have a family tradition every Christmas Eve to make a huge platter of pork schnitzel. Great, mouth-watering story!

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