According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette with today's Groupon to Cafe Vienna in St. Petersburg. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of European fare and drinks for lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of European fare and drinks for dinner.
The culinary wizards at Cafe Vienna transport mouths to the former Austro-Hungarian empire with a meaty menu of traditional schnitzels, steaks, and spaetzles complemented by imported German ale. Fungi fanatics can chomp the filet vienna, a juicy filet mignon in a red-wine-and-mushroom sauce served with lyonnaise potatoes ($21.90). The currywurst features a duo of ketchup- and curry-seasoned brats between twin peaks of potato salad and sauerkraut ($12.90); the badener's slivered veal and creamy white wine sauce rests on a bed similar in design to that of the President's, made from pillowy gnocchi ($17.90). Midday diners can force gum-shovels through the crusty shelter of the porky sandwich to uncover a breaded cut of pork loin ($6.90), or unleash pronged finger accessories on the princess salad, crowned with turkey, ham, swiss cheese, and deep-fried rubies gifted from Prince Humperdinck ($7.90).
Cafe Vienna ensconces diners in a warm, inviting atmosphere lavished in twinkling white lights, fresh flowers, and wood-paneled walls. A fleet of cozy booths allows patrons to snuggle up close to their dates or build a luxury fort for leftover wiener schnitzel out of tablecloths and cutlery.
String lights glimmer on the hunter-green walls like stars through evening foliage. A large mural depicts a distant city against a burgundy-and-gray dusk. Some of these accents date back to Cafe Vienna’s inception 40 years ago, but the torch has since been passed to Tony Klobuchar, whose son Steve mans the kitchen. From those clattering confines spill the aromas of time-tested Austro-Hungarian cuisine, including steaming bratwurst platters and marinated herring. Though the servers move quickly, there's much that goes into the preparation of these dishes; tender beef-loin sauerbraten, for example, marinates in traditional spices and red-wine vinegar for a minimum of five days. Above plates of grilled pork schnitzel, imported German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner crash together, sending flecks of foam to tablecloths in the deep red hues of a fire truck that has been driving around with hair curlers on.
5625 4 Street N
St. Petersburg, Florida 33703Get Directions