Gasthaus Mehler is across the street from the tramlines that run parallel to the Danube. We spotted it as our bus drove past on Handelskai returning from a trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. Since it was walking distance from the Hilton Vienna Danube we were staying at, we gave it a try that night. They have a small outdoor beer garden that faces the street, but being a damp, windy Fall evening, we opted to eat inside. It appears we found a popular neighborhood establishment with a variety of locals stopping in for food and drink(see below). At least that evening we were definitely the only 'tourists' dining there. When who I believe was the owner realized we only spoke English, he located the only waiter in the place who spoke some English(very broken) but did succeed in interpreting their menu for us. We didn't want to visit Vienna(Wien) Austria and not try the local Wiener Schnitzel, which came as a very large portion and was a good choice. They had helles Budweiser (not the U.S. variety) bier on tap, which if I understood correctly is brewed in the Czech Republic but is a popular pale beer in Viennese pubs. We also tried the Doppelmatz dunkle.
Mehler's is older, well-used with a family friendly atmosphere. There was a young couple in a corner booth drinking coffee, some older couples, several men dressed in outdoor work clothes stopping in for a quick beer, also a large group came in consisting of all ages of adults, teens, a couple smaller children and 1 large, very friendly dog. They carried on a lively conversation, with one gentleman in particular, animatedly stating some type of political, social or economic views, then a variety of opinionated discussion would ensue from the rest of the group. Several rounds of bier later I believe they solved all the world's problems. When our food came, the dog ambled over, stood at our booth and laid his head in my husband's lap, looking up at him with big eyes that said Got Food? We were laughing, our waiter said something to the dog's owner, who then must have told the dog to 'Sit!' in Austrian, because that's what the dog did the rest of our meal. Sat right next to our table watching us eat, but when our food was gone, so was he, back under his master's table (til the next plate of food was delivered out of the kitchen). Unfortunately, this was one of the few times I left/forgot my camera at the hotel and still regret the memorable photos I missed.
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