What are the five best Viennese food experiences?

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Joseph Reaney

Vienna has a long and varied culinary heritage. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ five Vienna food experiences you simply have to sample: 
1. Wiener Schnitzel. The clue’s in the name: these tasty veal escalopes — pounded thin, coated in bread crumbs and fried — are a genuine Viennese specialty. Enjoy it with a squeeze of lemon juice and the potato salad the always come on the side.
2. Tafelspitz. A mouth-watering local delicacy, the most typical Tafelspitz is a big pot of beef stewed in broth with root vegetables and spices, then served up with minced apples and horseradish.
3. Street sausages. The traditional fast food here is the humble sausage, and you can buy hot ones at ‘Würstelstands’ throughout the city. Forbes Travel Guide editors heartily recommend the super tasty Wiener Würstel (AKA Frankfurter).
4. Sacher-Torte. Arguably the world’s most famous chocolate cake, Sacher-Torte — a soft fluffy chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam under the chocolate icing — was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832. While it can be enjoyed at any eatery in the city, you can’t get any more authentic than the original Café Sacher.
5. Kaiserschmarrn. First prepared for Austrian Emperor Francis Josef I, this popular dessert is torn up pieces of caramelized pancake, sprinkled with sugar and served with hot plum compote.

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