Vienna and Venice (and maybe Bratislava)
6 nights in Vienna, 4 nights in Venice. Maybe a day trip to Bratislava.
Looking primarily for good and affordable lunch and dinner options. Would far prefer to look for non-tourist, off the beaten path independent places. If any places involve good wine, all the better. A couple of suggestions for high end dining would we good as well in the event we decide to splurge. All cuisine welcome, the more local and unique to the area the better.
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Bratislava is actually quite tricky. It's true I haven't lived there for some time now, but I travel there frequently. I try to eat at home as much as possible there because I find that there are not many great places in the center of the town.
That said, it is a wonderful place to walk around, to have a coffee and maybe a piece of cake (as long as your expectations are not sky-high), and mainly sit outside in the sun and do some people watching on the main square and the surrounding streets.
There is one lunch option, which is not breathtaking, but it's decent food for decent prices and they serve Slovak cuisine specialties. It's called Slovak Pub (and despite it's name it is actually more of a students place than a touristic spot) and it's located very much in the center of the town on the street called Obchodna, number 62.
One more thing - sometimes there is a seasonal market in the main square of Bratislava. Do check. If there are stalls with food, choose one with a long queue and have some food at the stalls. Try some grilled pork in a bun, some poppy seed strudel with cherries and some bread with pork fat and scratchings, and finally, a salty potato pancake (like tortilla) with some goose scratchings and / or goose liver. But these markets are more usual in winter-time than in the summer.
If you give some information about the hotel you will stay in Vienna I might give some hints for non-tourist places nearby. Actually in Vienna there are myriads of non-touristy places, many off the beaten path. The small number of high-end places, on the other hand, is so obvious that you cannot go wrong...
And yes, wine is considered a basic food staple and available simply everyhwere, by the bottle or by the glass, in excellent quality and at quite reasonable price levels.