You're sure to be impressed by the schnitzels, the sausages and the general good-naturedness of Viener Fest, the early 2013-debuting German-Austrian spot overlooking Centennial Park. Start with pretzel bites and cheese or the sausage sampler (the sausages sourced from Batey Farms in Murfreesboro), which comes with excellent sauerkraut, marble rye bread and a small serving of chunky applesauce that's worth ordering as a full side. House-made spaetzle also works well as a side to the schnitzels, offered in veal, pork, chicken and eggplant varieties. As a nightly special on one visit, pan-sauteed trout in brown butter sauce made for a splendid counterpoint to the heavier Austrian-German fare. The full bar features hand-crafted cocktails, a number of German and American wines and craft beers, and a daily afternoon-long happy hour.
- LocalEats Editors