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New Era Cafe

10 Massillon Rd., Akron, OH - (330) 784-0087
Posted By Michael Stern on June 24, 2010 8:10 AM
In the shadow of I-76, New Era's new building may lack the charm of other Northern Ohio destinations for great Old World meals, but the food is exemplary and the staff is welcoming. It is a big, popular place where the particular accent is Serbian on a menu that includes a wide array of central and eastern European classics as well as a roster of all-American standards.

Paprikash is a house specialty; unlike the more common Hungarian versions that are creamy rich, this one is more a thin broth, insinuating its pepper flavor into the velvety little dumplings that surround pieces of chicken on the plate. Roast duck with stuffing is worthy of a holiday feast. Cevapi, skinless Serbian sausages with a good chaw and a pepper bite, come either 5 or 10 to an order, and are wonderful sided by the kitchen's genuine mashed potatoes and rich brown gravy as well as a scattering of crisp chopped onion. Meals come with bakery-fresh bread; and the beverage list includes frighteningly dark Turkish coffee.

"Where do you get your strudel?" we asked a young waitress when it came time to order dessert. She looked at us like we were crazy and pointed to the New Era kitchen. "We get it from there," she answered. "My grandmother makes it." It might be the best strudel in a city with many fine pastry chefs, its multiple layers of skin unutterably flaky, the warm apple compote at its heart sweet like ripe fruit, not like sugar.

5 star rating
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Chicken Paprikash
Cevapi (5)
Strudel

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Posted By Robert Prudence on October 4, 2012 3:56 PM
We've been going to the New Era for approximately 30 years, a decade before they built their new restaurant. On average, we eat there two to three times per month, either as a couple, as part of the Boy Scout Troop Committee, or with our birthday/card-playing group. The food and service have been consistently outstanding.
3 star rating
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Fried Chicken Livers

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Posted By Brian Spencer on April 28, 2012 2:16 PM
We agree: the best deal is the delicious chicken paprikash dinner which comes with dessert – either cheese or apple strudel. The fried chicken is good too. They feature a few other Eastern European menu items and many traditional American family-style dinners (burgers, fried chicken). It appears the family matron is still doing some of the cooking. When we were recently there, she left the kitchen to greet diners.

It is located close to the highway, but the clientele is almost exclusively locals. In summary: expect low prices, good food, paper placemats, and posters advertising polka band performances.
3 star rating
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Chicken Paprikash
Strudel
Fried Chicken

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