EATING OUT and LOCAL CULINARY DELIGHTS...
Cooking and eating is a delight in the Lungau with many festivals and events centred around the tasty experiences.
The Lungau "Eachtling" is the name given to type of potatoes grown in the Lungau. The valley provides an ideal climate for growing potatoes
and is famous for it's produce. You can even pick your own in specific harvest fields across the valley in the month of September. One of the more famous potato dishes is called a "Gröstl" which is made up from fried bacon, onions and sliced potato cooked with garlic and served with a fried egg. Usually this is a very hearty and filling dish.
For many people, a Wiener Schnitzel is the food of choice. Usually from pork, but also in beef and chicken, a Schnitzel is a specifically prepared breaded or battered meat which is deep fried or grilled and served anyway from in a bun to on plate with
steamed rice or Petersiliekartoffeln and Preiselbeeren.
Leberkäse is another interesting and very Austrian food choice. Not made of cheese (as can be thought by the name) Leberkäse is in fact a type of meat loaf. Not what you would deem to be light food or good on a "diet" but very tasty and, like the schnitzel, good in a bun or served with a meal.
Restaurants, Bars, Cafes and Discos
There are a number of very good restaurants, cafes and bars located in St Michael.
For good value and a great seasonal selection we thoroughly recommend the Patzstub'n next to the church in St Michael. There you will get a choice of local specialties including delicious Schnitzl dishes and the potato based Gröstl served piping hot straight from the pan. They also offer standard pastas, pizzas and salads with english menus available if required.
For drinks, snacks (particularly fresh and of the sweet variety) and a family welcome look no further than the Cafe Mandl in the town centre.
Visit the St Michael Tourist site for an overview of the town's restaurants, bars, cafes and discos.
Mountain Huts and Culinary Delights
In convenient locations throughout the mountains you can find numerous small, privately owned alpine huts where traditional home made dishes are served in healthy measures. In the warmer months take a break from your adventures and visit one of the Hikers Refuges
where you can enjoy a cold beer in the warm sunshine with some fresh summer food.
The Lungau Valley Interactive Map shows all of the Alm Huts locations, whether they are located on a walking route or mountain bike trail, their months and times of opening, contact details and web links.
In the winter pause from your day on the piste or rest from your exhilarating Winter Hike to warm up cold hands and feet by an open fire in one of the many Alm Huts whilst sampling some of the hot soups, potato dishes and Gluhwein on offer. For friendly service and superb surroundings in a convenient location, we recommend the Oberfeld Alm on Speiereck. For large portions of food with good value for money, look no further than the Sonn Alm - a self service restaurant in a sheltered and sunny location just a little down from the cable car on Grosseck.
The Interactive Piste Map of the Lungau shows the respective Alm Hut locations in each ski area, contact numbers and links to their websites. The Mountain Lift websites provide more
details about specific areas.
Also, look out for...
Chocolina - a range of chocolate products made in the Lungau. The speciality sweets are low allergy, made using sheep's milk (lactose free) or goats milk.
The Genusswerkstatt in Mauterndorf where you can sample and buy wonderful home made jams, preserves, sweets and fruity Schnapps