Busy with restaurants and bars, Vienna’s Lerchenfelder Strasse straddles the edgy-hip District 7 and the calmer and more residential District 8. Accordingly, even the trendier establishments, such as Oreno Ramen, have a neighborhoody feel. Four kinds of ramen – soy, miso, and salt-based broths, and a vegan version – lead the tiny menu into ever-more delicious territories.

The Korean fried chicken, crunchy bits of sweet-spicy thigh meat drizzled with daikon and sesame seeds, for example, is as wonderful as the fried gyoza flavor bombs. Food is prepared behind a steaming izakaya-type open kitchen, which is wrapped around by low tables and communal benches packed with happy-looking Viennese zoomers and Millennials. Reservations are recommended (by phone). For a post-meal drink, head to Cafe Anno up the street.

To remain unbiased, I visit all places incognito and pay for my own meals and drinks. If you're enjoying this article, please consider supporting me by making a one-time payment (PayPal, Venmo).