International House of Schnitzel, 4820 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Call 954-626-0723.
It's safe to say the thin, breaded meat cutlet known as schnitzel is not quite as buzz-worthy as pancakes, the specialty of another, well-known international house. But even if it doesn't always get the respect it deserves, the schnitzel is undoubtedly more popular worldwide; whether it goes by the name "milanesa" in Italy and Latin America or simply "chicken cutlet" here at home. The International House of Schnitzel — a quirky, 3-month-old restaurant next door to the Fox and Hound Pub — specializes in the chicken version of the dish (not pork or more expensive veal). The tiny lunch spot pounds its schnitzel to a perfect quarter-inch thickness, coats it in bread crumbs, and bakes it until a luscious, crisp coating forms on the surface. IHOS completes the working-class dish with amazing, German-style red cabbage and a side of mashed potatoes for just $5.95. The same thing stuffed on a Kaiser roll and served with lettuce, tomato, and homemade garlic mayonnaise costs less than $5. The entire menu is made from scratch daily by owners Rudi Pollak and Eli Herschkovich, two 30-year industry vets who have an undying love for the feel-good dish. IHOS serves breakfast all day, as well as subs, soups, burgers, salads, knishes, and some of the flakiest, freshest homemade apple strudel you'll find.