What we ate:
Il Gusto Ristrante (Rytířská 404/12, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, +420 739 766 573) is in Old Town and has both outdoor and indoor seating.
some really good cheese as well as some nicely cooked fish. The service was slow – as it is in Prague –
but the food was good and the company was great. Sitting inside can be rather
warm, but the restaurant was non-smoking and it was gradually getting too cool
for comfort outside. The prices were a bit high, but not out of line for where
we were in the city.
|Left to Right: Fish, Cheese plate|
La Bodeguita del Medio (1074 Budapest, Dob str. 57, +36 20 388 2738)
a Cuban restaurant located in what appears to be a sketchy part of town.
Actually, the neighborhood is just fine and is going through a gentrification.
The young lady who invited us in had a hard time getting everyone to actually
check out the restaurant. I decided to have a look inside and was quite
surprised and pleased. Certain that I was going to be taken captive by white
slavers, the rest of the group came into the restaurant, and was so taken with
the place that we decided to stay. Our meal was very good and the service was
excellent. Prices were good, as well. I hope these folks are still in business
when I come back!
|Top L to R: Sweet wine, Shrimp, Menu|
Bottom L to R: Sorbet, Plantains
Stifler Bar (Budapest, Hungary, Erzsébet krt. 19, 1073 Hungary, +36 20 200 1000) is actually a sports bar. Barb and I stumbled into it, literally,
after a morning of walking the hot
streets looking for a book store. The fan on the seating area was what
attracted us. In this bar you order off of a menu above the cash register, but
the staff bring your food to your table. They were extremely courteous and made
sure that we were happy with our meals. We each got a burger and fries along
with very cold Cokes. Neither of us thought we could finish our meals, but we
both ate every bit of what was before us. Barb had melted cheese to go with her
fries and I had chipotle mayonnaise to go with mine. The restaurant had
memorabilia from a bunch of US sports teams; however, on all of the TVs were
videos of the Hungarian Olympic medal winners. We enjoyed watching the tapes,
partly because we knew nothing about their heroes. I would go back there in a
|Top L to R: Menu, Restaurant|
Bottom: Burgers and fries
Menagerie (Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1040 Wien, Austria, +43 1 3201111)
is actually a café inside
the Belvedere Museum. We only wanted a place to scour our maps and something
cold to drink. What we got was some over the top iced coffee and the help of a
very nice waiter. From out table we could look out over the gardens then out to
the city. With the breeze coming in through the windows it was a very pleasant
place to enjoy our coffee.
|L to R: Iced coffee, Menu|
|Three and One-half Carrots|
|Café De La Place|
Café De La Place (Malé náměstí 4, 110 00 Prague, Staré Město, Praha 1, Czech Republic, +420 728 257 732) is a nice little place for a snack and a smoothie. Several of us had these yummy fruit drinks.
Conditorei Sluka Rathausplatz (Rathausplatz 8, A-1010 Vienna, +43 1 405 71 72) is an outdoor café that specializes in tempting desserts. We
all succumbed. The
also served sandwiches and drinks that were pretty good. Prices are a bit high
and service is a bit slow, but people watching kept us busy until our food was
delivered. Of course, we did start out with only four people and our group grew
to about seven; our waitress grimaced each time we added a table, but did her
best for us.
|Top L to R: Beef croissant, Menu|
Heuriger Hans Maly KG (Sandgasse 8, 1190 Wien, Austria, +43 1
|Top L to R: Salad, Bread|
Bottom L to R: Mixed meats, Beer
Hospodarsky Dvur (Bohuslavice 10, 588 56 Telč, Czechia, +420 607 061 390) is a hotel and restaurant. There is also a cute little gift shop
Right T to B: Soup, Beef and dumplings
Hotel Veselý restaurant (Stefanikova 416, Železný Brod, 468 22, Czech
Republic, +420 608 119 077) was
quite nice and the young lady who served us did a very good job explaining the
menu. Barb had a very nice omelet and I
had some lovely tortellini. Prices were good and we weren’t rushed through our
meal. I would have liked to have seen the hotel rooms; it looked like a nice
|Top L to R: Tortellini, Omelet|
Huszár Étterem – Söröző (Budapest, II. János Pál pápa tér 22, 1081 Hungary, +36 1 303 9940) served traditional Hungarian food. Most folks
chicken paprika that looked really good. I got, yep, you guessed it, roasted chicken.
The salad and bread were very good. The strudel was okay, but by this time most
folks were fairly tired of this dessert. The strolling musicians were good and
took requests. The restaurant is in a historic building and the atmosphere was
lovely; I particularly liked the paintings that adorned the walls.
Center T to B: Chicken, Chicken paprika
Right T to B: Menu, Bread and soup
Restaurant U Balouna (Václavské nám. 781/20, 110 00 Nové Město,
Czechia, +420 224 228 388) is near Wenceslas Square and generally serves
tourists; this was probably why my two friends got the pig knee. I got a nice piece of goat cheese. This outdoor
restaurant had a rather extensive menu, good service, and good prices. It’s
sometimes difficult to get into places like this, but it’s worth the effort if
you’ve not been to Prague previously. We
had a good time with our waiter and the people around us.
|Top L to R: Jacqui with pig knee, Menu|
Bottom L to R: Goat cheese,
Debbie with pig knee
U Labuti (Hradčanské nám. 61/11, 118 00 Praha-Hradčany, Czechia, +420 220 511 191) is a nice restaurant and the waiters were pleasant, as
well. However, they didn’t realize
that we were coming to their place of business on a festival day and they were
very busy as well as being understaffed. Our local guide actually got up and
helped serve the traditional lunch, which had taken an inordinate amount of
time to prepare. The salad was especially good, as was the bread; the strudel
|Top L to R: Bread, Menu|
Bottom L to R: Strudel, Salad
U Topolů (Jugoslávských partyzánů 943/32, 160 00 Praha 6, Czechia,
+420 233 338 854) is a neighborhood
bar and restaurant with an interesting menu. It was close to the hotel and
seemed to be a rather welcoming place. What grabbed my interest was ‘Juicy
steaks of veal squirrels’; and of course that’s what I ordered. It was actually
beef with a tasty gravy and some pretty good mashed potatoes. Some of the other
folks said that the beer good, as well. A few nights later I had a hunk of bread
stuffed with cheese that was dreadful; you have to watch what you order. It’s
interesting that a group of women ordering beer can only get a small mug, but
if you’re with at least one man you can get a large beer. Our waitress the first
night was smiling and ready to deal with us. Our waiter for our second visit
was a bit gruff and, I think, a bit intimidated by a group of rowdy women.
|Left: Bread stuffed with cheese|
Right T to B: Menu, Veal Squirrels
Folklore Garden (Nad konečnou 18, Corner of Nad konečnou and Na zlíchově, 159 00 Praha 5, Czechia, +420 724 334 340) has traditional
and dancers along with traditional food. The menu interested me since it had
common phrases translated from many different languages into Czech. The meal
included soup, slaw, meat and dumplings, and strudel. I had chicken and salad.
This place is really loud so any conversation is difficult. It also took quite
a while to serve our large group so for those of us who were already tired from
traveling, it wasn’t the best way to end a long day. However, the music was
nice and the information about the culture was interesting.
|Left T to B: Slaw, Strudel, Translation|
Center: Honey Liqueur
Right T to B: Bread, Chicken
Restaurace U Ševce Matouše (Loretánské nám. 110/4, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia, +420 220 514 536) is a nice enough place to get a
snack. We sat on the
sidewalk, but there was also a garden with tables. Had we sat inside we’d have
boiled! The food was rather expensive and the service was slow. Barb and I
split a ham and cheese sandwich and we each had a Coke. It was pleasant sitting
in the shade with a view of the Loreto and the Prague Castle.
|T to B: Menu, Ham |
Yohm (Peterspl. 3, 1010 Wien, Austria, +43 1 5332900) was a sidewalk
café that met our needs
before we dropped from walking all over Vienna. Barb and I shared a sandwich,
and we each had a lemonade. They were busy so our order took a while. The
restrooms were in a nearby restaurant, and the folks there didn’t seem busy at
all. If I went back I’d opt for the restaurant rather than the café.
Right T to B: Menu, Goat
cheese and tomatoes
Gastland Bisztró Oktogon (Budapest, Teréz krt. 23, 1067 Hungary, +36 1 952 1453) was absolutely vial. There is no service, the food is
unmarked as to
what it is (forget what is in it), and seating is hot and uncomfortable. The
only reason I rated it as high as I did was for the very cold Diet Coke (an
extra charge) and the passable cream puff. Barb had a piece of pound cake that
was like cardboard. The piece of pizza I had was salty, stale, and tough. The
poppy seed pasta was sweet and meant to be eaten as a dessert, but it was with
the main dishes on the buffet. We were given about 12 ounces of tepid water in
a pitcher to serve a table of six. There was no ice and no refills; no one ever
came to check on our group. What a miserable experience!
|Left: Cream puff|
Right L to R: Logo, Buffet
This trip introduced me to places I would like to revisit. There is still a wealth of things to see and explore along the Danube and I’m ready to go, again!
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