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JLWM8609    496

I saw an ad from Wienerschnitzel in the business section of today's Chronicle which reads "Wienerschnitzel is now offering new franchising opportunities in Houston." From what I hear, there hasn't been a Wienerschnitzel in Houston in 25-30 years.

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bachanon    400

ohhhhh der wienerschnitzel! ohhhh der wienerschnitzel! i remember the jingle. does that date me?

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lockmat    1,965

I never knew they were ever here. I saw but never ate at one in California. I doubt I will if/when they come as I've only eaten at James Coney Island like once or twice in my whole life.

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musicman    178

I never knew they were ever here. I saw but never ate at one in California. I doubt I will if/when they come as I've only eaten at James Coney Island like once or twice in my whole life.

you're too young so don't try and lead a discussion on this subject.

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Subdude    1,308

I never knew they were ever here. I saw but never ate at one in California. I doubt I will if/when they come as I've only eaten at James Coney Island like once or twice in my whole life.

OK, I'll bite. What is Wienerschnitzel? I've never seen one.

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20thStDad    252

OK, I'll bite. What is Wienerschnitzel? I've never seen one.

Fast food hot dog joint (is that repetitive?).

you're too young so don't try and lead a discussion on this subject.

How young to you have to be? I don't think I have that many years on lockmat but have had my share of Wienerschnitzel. They have at least one in Baton Rouge, when we were feeling really cheap back in college we would make it there. The only thing that annoyed me were the really small drinks. And I think they only had 1 size, it was maybe 10 ounces. The place we went do didn't even have a dine-in area, it was drive through and walk-up to eat on outside tables only.

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Specwriter    201

OK, I'll bite. What is Wienerschnitzel? I've never seen one.

It's a hot dog restaurant. Back in the day they were built as an 'A' frame building like some of the older Whataburger restaurants. I distinctly remember visiting one in Houston during January of 1968! I believe it was on Long Point Road. That neighborhood was quite a bit different than it is today. I also (sort of) remember a Wagon Wheel which was a drive up hamburger stand nearby.

My grandmother lived in Spring Branch at the time and my sister and I would spend the occasional Friday or Saturday evening with her when my parents would have an evening out (we were both in elementary school at the time). Nana was not a "cook" but she did seem to know what a couple of youngsters would like for dinner.

I'm certain of the January 1968 date because the garage at our home burned on 1/20 of that year (we think it was set as a diversion for several robberies in the neighborhood). Though the living space wasn't damaged the whole house was pretty smoky so we had dinner every night of the ensuing week at friends' homes or at fast food restaurants. My sister and I thought it was kinda fun - my parents, probably not so much.

Even though I remember going to der Wienerschnitzel I couldn't tell you now if they had good hot dogs. I was a little kid then and I think my tastes have changed. I might have enjoyed the novelty more than the food. I enjoy a James' Coney Island hot dog now and then. I also liked to visit Big Franks. There used to be one of those on Montrose just north of Westheimer.

I looked on the der Wienerschnitzel web site and the closest current restaurants are in Bryan and around Austin. A US map on the web site suggests there are some in the Houston area but I couldn't find them.

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AtticaFlinch    707

I never knew they were ever here. I saw but never ate at one in California. I doubt I will if/when they come as I've only eaten at James Coney Island like once or twice in my whole life.

Then I take it you didn't take advantage of JCI's 87¢ chili dogs last Thursday? Too bad.

There was a Weinerschnitzel where I went to college. And my opinion is m'eh, they're hotdogs. It's tough to get excited about hotdogs.

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you're too young so don't try and lead a discussion on this subject.

I'm also too young to have seen Wienerschnitzel in Houston (but definitely old enough to remember Weiner's if that makes a difference.) I've lived here for 37 years. Or maybe we just didn't need them on the SE side, because we already had a JCI. :)

Only places I've seen a Wienerschnitzel are down in Corpus, in Amarillo, and on the West Coast. Never had one. How does it compare to JCI?

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NenaE    122

I remember Der Weinerschnitzel... I went to the one in Pasadena, on Southmore, in the late 1960's. It was close to the Foley's.

You drove thru a short little tunnel in the A-frame, to the drive-in window to order your hotdog. I always thought the sauerkraut option was bizarre, I was only 6 or so.

For some reason, I remember the soda cups, probably paper "Dixie" cups, white paper wax with those horizontal green chain designs at the top.

As far as the food quality, I can't recall.

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foxmulder    0

I remember Der Weinerschnitzel... I went to the one in Pasadena, on Southmore, in the late 1960's. It was close to the Foley's.

You drove thru a short little tunnel in the A-frame, to the drive-in window to order your hotdog. I always thought the sauerkraut option was bizarre, I was only 6 or so.

For some reason, I remember the soda cups, probably paper "Dixie" cups, white paper wax with those horizontal green chain designs at the top.

As far as the food quality, I can't recall.

The building is still there. It's now called "9ers" and they sell burgers and fries.

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rsb320    114

I'm also too young to have seen Wienerschnitzel in Houston (but definitely old enough to remember Weiner's if that makes a difference.) I've lived here for 37 years. Or maybe we just didn't need them on the SE side, because we already had a JCI. :)

Only places I've seen a Wienerschnitzel are down in Corpus, in Amarillo, and on the West Coast. Never had one. How does it compare to JCI?

We had one in Montrose, just east of the curve on Westheimer. There was also a Prince's drive-in where the Valero is now.

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Dagnabbit    4

I remember we had a Der Weinerschnitzel in SW Houston near the intersection of Hillcroft and Bissonnet just east of Bayland park. It was housed in a long red and orange A-Frame building that ran length wise along Hillcroft and the drive thru lane went right through the A-Frame and exited on Pine street.

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Fringe    327

I used to go to the one on Hillcroft near Bissonet. I thought they were pretty good late night snack, but then back than pretty much everything tasted good. 

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ricco67    382

I never knew they were ever here. I saw but never ate at one in California. I doubt I will if/when they come as I've only eaten at James Coney Island like once or twice in my whole life.

Blasphemy!!

That's all I got to say about it.

I've had Schnitzel, but not WIENERschnitzel, but I'd be game. For some reason, I've had a hankering from some german food as of late.

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little frau    51

I remember the one on Westheimer. We lived in a little garage apartment at Fairview and Park. Very late 60's.

It's funny how some things are remembered and other things are easily forgotten.

I have no idea if they were good or not. File that under the 'forgotten' heading.

Jack in the Box was popular with my crowd back then. We'd go there most of the time. Cheap burgers with secret sauce!!

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bachanon    400

I remember Der Weinerschnitzel... I went to the one in Pasadena, on Southmore, in the late 1960's. It was close to the Foley's.

You drove thru a short little tunnel in the A-frame, to the drive-in window to order your hotdog. I always thought the sauerkraut option was bizarre, I was only 6 or so.

For some reason, I remember the soda cups, probably paper "Dixie" cups, white paper wax with those horizontal green chain designs at the top.

As far as the food quality, I can't recall.

the one at southmore and witter is the same one my dad used to take me to. i, too, was around six.

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marmer    70

Wienerschnitzel, or "schnitzel from Vienna" is an Austrian dish made from flattened, tenderized veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It looks like chicken fried steak and is usually served with a lemon slice. It is also sometimes made from pork but in Austria the name is protected by law and can only be used for veal. "Wiener" of course, means "Viennese" in German. It always annoys me that this perfectly elegant European dish has had its name co-opted by a fast-food hot dog place.

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rsb320    114

Wienerschnitzel, or "schnitzel from Vienna" is an Austrian dish made from flattened, tenderized veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It looks like chicken fried steak and is usually served with a lemon slice. It is also sometimes made from pork but in Austria the name is protected by law and can only be used for veal. "Wiener" of course, means "Viennese" in German. It always annoys me that this perfectly elegant European dish has had its name co-opted by a fast-food hot dog place.

Dude, der wienerschnitzel was fast food - hot dogs, corn dogs and such.

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Fringe    327

Wienerschnitzel, or "schnitzel from Vienna" is an Austrian dish made from flattened, tenderized veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried.  It looks like chicken fried steak and is usually served with a lemon slice.   It is also sometimes made from pork but in Austria the name is protected by law and can only be used for veal.   "Wiener" of course, means "Viennese" in German.   It always annoys me that this perfectly elegant European dish has had its name co-opted by a fast-food hot dog place.

Now you've made me hungry. May have to go to Rudi Lechner's after work. 

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ricco67    382

Dude, der wienerschnitzel was fast food - hot dogs, corn dogs and such.

wiener.gif

Hot dogs and corn dogs are Viennese? And here I thought they were an American concoction to make us something tasty but fattening.

Damn.

Now I want a corn dog.

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marmer    70

Dude, der wienerschnitzel was fast food - hot dogs, corn dogs and such.

wiener.gif

As the last sentence of my post made clear, I thought. The "Der Wienerschnitzel" chain is about as German as Taco Bell is Mexican. I was just making the point that the actual dish "Wienerschnitzel" has nothing to do with sausage. They're just making a play on the common usage of "wiener" as a hot dog. This Wikipedia article has a lot of interesting information, not least of which is that "Der Wienerschnitzel" is grammatically incorrect in German and the restaurant chain dropped the "Der" in 1977.

Wikipedia article

My wife was once very upset to learn that the department store Weiner's (spelled E-I) did not sell hot dogs, nor any kind of food.

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rsb320    114

As the last sentence of my post made clear, I thought. The "Der Wienerschnitzel" chain is about as German as Taco Bell is Mexican. I was just making the point that the actual dish "Wienerschnitzel" has nothing to do with sausage. They're just making a play on the common usage of "wiener" as a hot dog. This Wikipedia article has a lot of interesting information, not least of which is that "Der Wienerschnitzel" is grammatically incorrect in German and the restaurant chain dropped the "Der" in 1977.

Wikipedia article

My wife was once very upset to learn that the department store Weiner's (spelled E-I) did not sell hot dogs, nor any kind of food.

I was upset when Weiner's closed. That's where I used to by my Levi's for less.

Back to wieners, does anyone remember what the wiener shack was named on Montrose? It was where that Slider's place is now, even before the Chinese joint.

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marmer    70

Pretty sure the little indie hot dog place on Montrose and also at Sunset and Kirby was called "Big Frank's."

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