Sausage shops are deeply rooted in Vienna and countless Würstelstands peppered across town are proof that this wonderful culinary tradition is still alive. Sausage kiosks are notoriously democratic: construction workers, students, and elegant office people stand side-by-side as they enjoy a lunch or late-night meal. Most popular is the cheese-filled Käsekrainer, but you can also order roasted Bratwurst, cooked Frankfurters, smoked Waldviertler, or paprika-spiked Debreziner. If you specify, the vendor will serve you bite-sized pieces. Even better with beer on the side. Cash only!
Opened in 1928 and just a tram ride away from the city center, Leo is the oldest existing sausage shop in Vienna (beloved Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, was among the fans). The bratwurst, nicely browned and crunchy on the edges, has yet to disappoint me, but the specialty of the house is the cheese-filled Käsekrainer. Mustard, kaiser roll, a can of beer on the side, and you have a deeply satisfying meal for five euros, whether at 1 p.m. or at 1 a.m. Also served: wine, snacks, cigarettes. Being outside the tourist zones means this is as Viennese an experience as they come.