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Vienna Food on the Go

If you don't have time for a leisurely lunch, or you'd rather save your money for a splurge at dinner, here's a sampling of the best places in the city center to grab a quick, inexpensive, and tasty bite to eat.

Bizi Pizza. Most people are drawn in by the thick aroma of buttered garlic wafting down the street, though for some, the attraction is watching the bakers toss the pizza pies into the air before popping them into the oven. Bizi Pizza is arguably one of the best slices of New York–style pizza you'll find anywhere on the Continent. There is also a buffet at this casual restaurant serving fresh salads and pasta dishes. It is standing room only, which is fine for grabbing a bite on the run, but a bit chilly under the Austrian winter's grip. Rotenturmstrasse 4, 1st District, Vienna, A-1010. 01/513–3705.

Meinl am Graben. The main draw is the location on the ground floor of Vienna's premier gourmet grocery store, with fabulous views out the panoramic windows onto the historic Graben, a people-watching mecca. The food is on the light side, as this is a café (not to be confused with the full-service restaurant upstairs). Expect to find an array of soups and salads including pumpkin cream soup and tomato and mozzerella with pine-nut pesto. A wee bit pricey, but you're paying for the view. Graben 19, 1st District, Vienna, A-1010. 01/532–3334. Closed Sun.

A sure way to spike a lively discussion among the Viennese is to ask which Würstelstand serves the most delicious grilled sausages. Here are three that are generally acknowledged to be the best:

Würstelstand am Hohen Markt. Hot on the trail of the "Best Sausage" appellation, Würstelstand am Hohen Markt is a stall serving the best Bürenwurst and American-style hot dogs.As with most of the Würstelstands, or "imbiss" kiosks, there is a surprising amount of foodstuffs on offer. Käsekrainer, fried sausage, is a popular choice for locals, as is a Bosna, a bratwurst with onions and a mustard/ketchup concoction served on a roll. Open until the wee hours, and you can also pick up a beer, wine, or even a bottle of champagne. Hoher Markt, corner of Marc-Aurel-Strasse, 1st District, Vienna, A-1010. No credit cards.

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