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Hepcat

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Lithuanian food? Tue, 07/10/12 4:45 PM (permalink)
Not all Lithuanian restaurants would be advertised as such in the Yellow Pages. Do you know of any restaurants serving Lithuanian cuisine in your neck of the woods?
 

 
 
 
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    syrupmi

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    Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 10/25/12 11:42 PM (permalink)
         I think Chicago has the largest Lithuanian population in the country.  I looked A Cook Guide To Chicago but All I found was Polish, Ukranian, or general Eastern European places.  When I lived in Nebraska there was a Lithuanian bakery but I didn't go there.
     
         A lot of my family is from Villinus but I didn't grow up with Lithuanian culture.
     
        
     
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      stricken_detective

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      Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 10/26/12 12:48 AM (permalink)
      ChicagoStyleDog knows where one is, they've eaten there. I think it's on the South Side of Chicago????
       
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        Twinwillow

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        Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 10/26/12 12:48 AM (permalink)
        The closest we have in Dallas are some Russian restaurants that cater mostly to the Russian expats. Just a few, though.
         
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          Hepcat

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          Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 10/26/12 12:29 PM (permalink)
           
          syrupmi
          I think Chicago has the largest Lithuanian population in the country.

          That's correct.
           
          stricken_detective
          ChicagoStyleDog knows where one is, they've eaten there. I think it's on the South Side of Chicago????

           
          The Healthy Food Lithuanian Restaurant on South Halsted Street in the Bridgeport neighbourhood of Chicago sadly closed its doors a few years ago after having been a neighbourhood fixture since 1938.
           
          I've not yet had a chance to try the relatively new Grand Duke's Restaurant at 6312 South Harlem Avenue in Summit Argo, Illinois which looks to be part of metropolitan Chicago. Grand Duke's appears to be considerably more upscale than the Healthy Food Lithuanian Restaurant but the prices still appear to be reasonable.
           

           

           
          Grand Duke's Restaurant 



          <message edited by Hepcat on Sat, 10/27/12 9:10 PM>
           
          #5
            kaszeta

            Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 10/26/12 4:45 PM (permalink)
            Yeah, I was surprised how many Lithuanian places I happened across when walking across Chicago this spring.  Quite a few places I should go back and check out.
             
            (I'm Lithuanian by heritage, hence my funkily-spelled name)
             
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              Hepcat

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              Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 10/26/12 9:58 PM (permalink)
              Do you remember any of them?
               

               
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                chicagostyledog

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                Re:Lithuanian food? Sat, 10/27/12 8:40 PM (permalink)
                stricken_detective


                ChicagoStyleDog knows where one is, they've eaten there. I think it's on the South Side of Chicago????

                Labas labai! Kaip tau?  Raised by Lithuanian grandparents, I can personally endorse the authenticity of the Grand Duke. It's like going home to Vilnius. None better!
                Pasimatysim,
                Morkutis
                 
                 
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                  Hepcat

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                  Re:Lithuanian food? Sat, 10/27/12 9:17 PM (permalink)
                  chicagostyledog


                  Labas labai! Kaip tau?  Raised by Lithuanian grandparents, I can personally endorse the authenticity of the Grand Duke. It's like going home to Vilnius. None better!
                  Pasimatysim,
                  Morkutis



                  My parents were Lithuanian emigres and I'm fully fluent in Lithuanian. I've visited Lithuania six times since 1987.
                   
                  Ar pats irgi sergi su Lietuvos krepÅ¡ininkais?
                   

                   
                   
                  <message edited by Hepcat on Sat, 10/27/12 9:18 PM>
                   
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                    kaszeta

                    Re:Lithuanian food? Sat, 10/27/12 9:37 PM (permalink)
                    Hepcat


                    Do you remember any of them?



                    Bruno's Bakery had some decent looking rye bread (by my Brooklyn Bakery of Waterbury, CT calibrated tastes).
                     
                    Grand Duke's
                     
                    Otherwise, i just remember vague locations, like two places in Ukrainian Village, and two places on Milwaukee Ave.
                     
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                      stricken_detective

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                      Re:Lithuanian food? Sun, 10/28/12 4:18 AM (permalink)
                      Hepcat
                      The Healthy Food Lithuanian Restaurant on South Halsted Street in the Bridgeport neighbourhood of Chicago sadly closed its doors a few years ago after having been a neighbourhood fixture since 1938.

                      I've not yet had a chance to try the relatively new Grand Duke's Restaurant at 6312 South Harlem Avenue in Summit Argo, Illinois which looks to be part of metropolitan Chicago. Grand Duke's appears to be considerably more upscale than the Healthy Food Lithuanian Restaurant but the prices still appear to be reasonable.





                      Grand Duke's Restaurant 



                      I would've remembered if it was on Halsted Street. Grand Duke it is!!!
                       
                      SO when should we meet you there? LOL
                       
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                        CCinNJ

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                        Re:Lithuanian food? Sun, 10/28/12 10:32 AM (permalink)
                        Backlel's Lithuanian Bakery in Elizabeth...


                        http://www.lithbake.com/bread.html

                        We have a Lithuanian Catholic Church in Bayonne...and a few others in the area. That is often the best bet...to find some authentic cooking. Otherwise...some of the traditional dishes are served...in Polish or Ukrainian restaurants. I was married to a Ukrainian...and I've seen a few.
                        <message edited by CCinNJ on Sun, 10/28/12 10:37 AM>
                         
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                          chicagostyledog

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                          Re:Lithuanian food? Sun, 10/28/12 9:31 PM (permalink)
                          Hepcat


                          chicagostyledog


                          Labas labai! Kaip tau?  Raised by Lithuanian grandparents, I can personally endorse the authenticity of the Grand Duke. It's like going home to Vilnius. None better!
                          Pasimatysim,
                          Morkutis



                          My parents were Lithuanian emigres and I'm fully fluent in Lithuanian. I've visited Lithuania six times since 1987.

                          Ar pats irgi sergi su Lietuvos krepÅ¡ininkais?






                           
                          Sorry, I don't follow Lithuanian basketball.
                           
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                            mr chips

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                            Re:Lithuanian food? Sun, 10/28/12 9:46 PM (permalink)
                            I do.have a T-shirt from the 92 Olympic lithuanian ball team. Loved Arvidas Sabonis who played for my beloved trailblazers and is in the basketball hall of fame. Would love to learn more about Lithuanian food.
                             
                            <message edited by mr chips on Fri, 11/2/12 1:38 PM>
                             
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                              Hepcat

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                              Re:Lithuanian food? Mon, 10/29/12 4:03 PM (permalink)
                              stricken_detective
                              I would've remembered if it was on Halsted Street. Grand Duke it is!!!

                              SO when should we meet you there? LOL

                               
                              I'll let you and everybody else know right here in this thread the next time I'm about to venture on down to Chicago! 
                               
                               

                               
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                                Hepcat

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                                Re:Lithuanian food? Mon, 10/29/12 4:09 PM (permalink)
                                CCinNJ


                                Backlel's Lithuanian Bakery in Elizabeth...


                                http://www.lithbake.com/bread.html

                                 
                                Good stuff! That's exactly the kind of place I want to hear about!

                                CCinNJ
                                We have a Lithuanian Catholic Church in Bayonne...and a few others in the area. That is often the best bet...to find some authentic cooking. Otherwise...some of the traditional dishes are served...in Polish or Ukrainian restaurants. I was married to a Ukrainian...and I've seen a few.

                                 
                                That's what I do in Toronto. There are two Lithuanian churches and one Community Hall in Toronto that serve Lithuanian food, but only Sunday mornings up until about 1:30 PM in the afternoon, and the menu is strictly limited although cepelinai, cabbage rolls and usually kugelis are available.
                                 
                                Cepelinai 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                  
                                 
                                Kugelis
                                 

                                 
                                The cepelinai and kugelis served in the churches here in North America are very much like your mother or grandmother made. In Lithuania now trained chefs have worked over these dishes with rich mushroom, butter and sour cream sauces and the results are absolutely mouthwatering!
                                 

                                 


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                                  Hepcat

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                                  Re:Lithuanian food? Mon, 10/29/12 4:19 PM (permalink)
                                  mr chips


                                  I do.have a T-shirt from the 92 Olympic lithuanian ball team.

                                   
                                  I bought a whole bunch of Lithuanian basketball T-shirts at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Unfortunately, none were my size. Here, however, I convinced The MAN to model them for us at the parkette. I'm wearing basic black as per usual.
                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   
                                   


                                   


                                  <message edited by Hepcat on Mon, 10/29/12 4:25 PM>
                                   
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                                    Treetop Tom

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                                    Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 11/1/12 9:16 AM (permalink)
                                    The Lithuanian Hall at the Hollins Market area of southwest Baltimore has a meal every Friday night with everything from cepelinai to baked carp to borscht.  Real fun atmosphere, cheap home cooking, strangers welcomed.
                                     
                                    http://uniqueculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/2008/06/friday-dinner-at-lithuanian-hall.html
                                     
                                    Check out the video to see what to expect if you go.  And be careful of the honey liquor they serve - it is delicious but very potent.
                                     
                                    http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/cepelinai-at-lithuanian-hall/108471.html
                                    <message edited by Treetop Tom on Thu, 11/1/12 11:22 AM>
                                     
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                                      HollyDolly

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                                      Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 11/1/12 9:59 AM (permalink)
                                      Thanks for the great pictures.Now you're making my mouth water.
                                      Never had any lithuanian food.Sure looks good. My heritage is Hungarian -German, but there maybe some Latvian thrown in on my grandmother's side,as they came from Riga,lativa to the US in the 1880s.
                                       
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                                        Hepcat

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                                        Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 11/1/12 2:10 PM (permalink)
                                        Treetop Tom


                                        The Lithuanian Hall at the Hollins Market area of southwest Baltimore has a meal every Friday night with everything from cepelinai to baked carp to borscht.  Real fun atmosphere, cheap home cooking, strangers welcomed.

                                        Good to know!
                                         
                                        I'd question the translation of "kotletai" as "cutlet" on the menu though. First of all, kotletai is plural while cutlet is singular. Secondly, a cutlet to my mind is a slice of meat such as a pork cutlet. Kotletai, on the other hand, are some combination of ground pork, beef, lamb, onions and other spices shaped like a hamburger but thicker and more rounded, although not so round that they'd be termed meatballs. 
                                         

                                        <message edited by Hepcat on Thu, 11/1/12 2:39 PM>
                                         
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                                          Treetop Tom

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                                          Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 11/1/12 3:28 PM (permalink)
                                          Hepcat

                                          I'd question the translation of "kotletai" as "cutlet" on the menu though. First of all, kotletai is plural while cutlet is singular. Secondly, a cutlet to my mind is a slice of meat such as a pork cutlet. Kotletai, on the other hand, are some combination of ground pork, beef, lamb, onions and other spices shaped like a hamburger but thicker and more rounded, although not so round that they'd be termed meatballs. 


                                           
                                           These are indeed the finely minced meat version, like a bulky, oblong pan-fried meatball.  Very homey and delicious.
                                           


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                                            Hepcat

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                                            Re:Lithuanian food? Thu, 11/1/12 11:38 PM (permalink)
                                            Yes, that's what I'd call a kotletas! Here's a very appetizing picture of a whole plate of kotletai:


                                            <message edited by Hepcat on Fri, 11/2/12 11:10 AM>
                                             
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                                              Hepcat

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                                              Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 11/2/12 11:17 AM (permalink)
                                              Treetop Tom:
                                               
                                              Have you tried the Country Style Ribs on the menu at the Lithuanian Hall? In the picture they don't look like they've been smoked like the BBQ ribs that would be served in most rib joints in Maryland.
                                               

                                               
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                                                Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 11/2/12 1:40 PM (permalink)
                                                Love those photos, hepcat.
                                                 
                                                 
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                                                  Treetop Tom

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                                                  Re:Lithuanian food? Fri, 11/2/12 2:20 PM (permalink)
                                                  Hepcat


                                                  Treetop Tom:

                                                  Have you tried the Country Style Ribs on the menu at the Lithuanian Hall? In the picture they don't look like they've been smoked like the BBQ ribs that would be served in most rib joints in Maryland.




                                                  Yes, I've had them and they are good.  They are marianated (garlic and white wine, definitely and other things, I'm sure) and then braised rather than smoked/grilled.
                                                   
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                                                    Hepcat

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                                                    Re:Lithuanian food? Sat, 11/3/12 3:41 PM (permalink)
                                                    I'm actually surprised that the Baltimore Lithuanian Hall doesn't have kugelis or cabbage rolls on the menu. Those are old standards for Lithuanian restaurants.
                                                     

                                                     
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                                                      Treetop Tom

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                                                      Re:Lithuanian food? Sat, 11/3/12 6:37 PM (permalink)
                                                      Hepcat


                                                      I'm actually surprised that the Baltimore Lithuanian Hall doesn't have kugelis or cabbage rolls on the menu. Those are old standards for Lithuanian restaurants.



                                                      The menu changes depending on which group of ladies is cooking that week.  Rest assured if you don't see them on the menu one week, they'll be there in the next week or two. 
                                                       
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                                                        jorenmathew

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                                                        Re:Lithuanian food? Tue, 05/28/13 8:22 AM (permalink)
                                                        Thanks for share this information. Lithuanian population are mostly found on Chicago and their lots of Lithuanian restaurants where you can found the best food.
                                                         
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