Where We’re Eating: Austrian Village


German food ain’t exactly sexy (when’s the last time someone said to you, “I’m craving German”?), but Austrian Village on the outskirts of Northeast Philly is something better than sexy: It’s awesome. The German-social-club atmosphere (complete with oom-pah-pah band on most Saturdays) is old-school cool, but the authentic, hearty fare is the real star: succulent schnitzels; tangy sauerbraten; goulash smothered in paprika gravy; and founder Lotte Burits’s legendary German potato salad—the most addictive thing I’ve ever eaten. Then there are the prices: Entrées average $12, and a beer costs half of what you’d pay downtown. Oom-pah-pah indeed.

Austrian Village
321 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA

First appeared in the November issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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  • Steve

    Why does the ‘Austrian’ Village have a ‘German’-social-club atmosphere and legendary ‘German’ potato salad? ;)

    • Richard Colton

      you’re kidding, right?

      • Steve

        well itb be kinda like goin to a canadian bar where you can get great u.s.a feeling and great u.s.a beer(ahahaha i kill me) its just not right. you do know that austria and germany are different countries with different cultures and also different food right? although the southern part of germany is similar in some ways to parts of austria. germany is very germanic. we austrians are very confused, coz we’re a mix of pretty much every country that surrounds us and none of us has ever seen the sound of music, if we’d all seen the sound of music we’d atleast know what americans expect from us XD

        • Richard Colton

          Ohh I see, you’re just very pro-Austrian. last time I was in Austria they spoke German. Beautiful country (as you know) very expensive. Not a single VonTrapp left.