Schnitzel? What is a real Schnitzel!

Holmes Beach / Anna Maria Island – The Schnitzel (German pronunciation: [ˈʃnɪtsəl]) is a boneless meat, thinned with a meat tenderizer. Some versions come uncoated (German: “natur”). However the classic Wiener Schnitzel is coated with flour, beaten eggs and fresh bread crumbs, and then pan fried until golden yellow.

Wiener Schnitzel

In Germany and Austria there are laws about the “Wiener Schnitzel” (Vienna Schnitzel). So to be called a “Wiener Schnitzel”, the Schnitzel must strictly be made from veal. We only use the best high quality meats.

If it is made from chicken or pork, it is called a “Schnitzel Wiener Art” (Schnitzel Vienna Style). Many Restaurants in Germany give you the option. So do we at the Old Hamburg Restaurant.

So all Schnitzels can be made either from veal, chicken or pork. And all are yummy, so it’s just dependent on what you prefer. Schnitzel is similar to the French dish “Escalope” or Piccata Milanese in Italy.

The original Wiener Schnitzel in Europe is served with homemade German Potato Salad or Roasted Potatoes and Cranberries or Lingonberries (Preiselbeeren) on the side. Be sure to try Chef Armins new German Potato Salad recipe. Then a slice of lemon comes on top. At the Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus you can always switch the side between German Potato Salad, Roasted Potatoes, or original Swabian Spätzle (Swabian noodles) for all our dishes.

Schnitzel Cordon Bleu

The Swiss version of the Wiener Schnitzel is called the “Cordon Bleu”. This one is filled with cooked ham and melted Swiss cheese.

Cordon Bleu
Cordon Bleu






Finally some Schnitzels come with different kinds of gravy. Most famous are the Hunters Schnitzel (Jägerschnitzel) with a mushroom sauce on top. Or the Rahm Schnitzel, unbreaded with a cognac cream gravy. Or you can go with the Holstein or Capern Schnitzel. There are endless variations and  the best is to check our blog or Facebook Page for the weekly special to get new ideas.

We hope to see you soon at the Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus, the German Anna Maria Island Restaurant, established in 1999.

Reservations are highly recommended. Just call (941) 778 1320.

Chef Armin and the Team




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  1. Norbert Winkel

    Ich freue mich schon auf unseren Urlaub in Florida im Sept/Okt. wir werden dann auf jeden Fall dem OHS einen ( oder mehrere ) Besuche abstatten, nach den vielen positiven Bewertungen freue ich mich schon darauf.

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