Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On the Subject of Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut Cream Soup. Oh, my goodness! A couple of nights ago was the first time I had ever even heard of sauerkraut soup and, of course, I was curious about the novelty of it. It was absolutely delicious—so much so that I can't stop thinking about it—the highlight of our meal. If you live in Vienna or plan to visit, I'd say it's a must-experience. It's served from time to time at Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer (The White Chimney Sweep) restaurant.

Originally owned by Franz Sacher, of Sacher Torte fame, the restaurant's story is that it was named for a chimney sweep who fell in love with the lady baker next door; her hugs covered his black, sooty clothes in white flour. At any rate, evidently the menu here changes often, so you might want to ask when you make reservations if the sauerkraut cream soup is being served the day you want to visit.

The restaurant's cozy Austrian decor creates a casual, comfortable ambiance.

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