Good Hungarian/Czech around Philadelphia?
Well, I think the title pretty well states my question? Anybody?
I wish that I could help you because I like Czech food. Years ago I asked a radio personality in Philly by the last name of Jelinek about Czech restaurants in the area. He knew of none. Philly only has Italian and Asian restaurants.
I grew up in Chicago and Berwyn, IL. Berwyn had several Czech restaurants. One in particular, Czech Plaza, was near whene I lived. I still carry that restaurants business card.
Chicago area, Iowa areas and Texas are the only places that I know of that have Czech populations large enough to support Czech restaurants. There's a small town in Texas named West with a population of about 2200 that has 4 Czech restaurants.
I really miss being able to dine on authentic svickova and koprova.
<Philly only has Italian and Asian restaurants<
And Mexican restaurants. I'm still amazed that we don't have ONE "Spanish" - not Portugese - restarant except Amada which is upscale. I mean a neighborhood restaurant. I really miss Mallorca on south sst. It was a chain (only 3, now 2 in the US) but it was fairly reasonable. Not a neighborhood place, but more affordable than Amada and no "small plates".
The nearest Spanish Restaurant I know is in Sommerville NJ and then on to Newark (where even the Italian restaurants are Spanish owned!)
It's not really Czech but Balkan Express is supposed to be good. I think it is Serbian but their menu includes other Eastern European-type fare.
I think it is somewhere off South Street toward Broad Street (it's one of those Street names I can never remember).
Balkan Express is technically Serbian but the owner's goal is to have cuisine from every country the train called the Balkan Express travels through (which I believe would include Hungary but not the Czech Republic). It's at about 23rd and Gray's Ferry and South, the streets form a little triangle right there, near Grace's Tavern.
If you find a poppyseed or cream cheese kolache let me know. I grew up in a Mexican/Czech neighborhood eating Czech food made by old Czech church ladies. Mmmm....
not a restaurant..but may help 'hit the spot' while you continue your quest.
Bell's Market on bustleton (above Rhawn) is a market full of Eastern European delights. Perhaps not Hungarian, not necessarily Czech but will surely have something to sate.
Kielbasas, herrings, pickled everythings, and a whole host of prepared foods to take home.