Any Czech food?
I'm looking for good Czech food. Preferably not too far from the SFV but I'm willing to travel. I'm not looking so much for Polish or German food. I want knedliky and zeli (not German style sauerkraut) some pork or chicken followed up by some vanocka or buchty.
So, any ideas?
yes it is sadly true, Czech Point with its ovocne knedliky, gulas and svickova is gone and sorely missed - and while the Czech numbers may be small - we sure could use a new Czech watering hole! In the meantime - you may be pleased to learn that the Bevmo in pasadena, as well as some other independent spots (red carpet in Glendale and Galco's) have started carrying Krusovice beer as well as some other even more local brews - so hura for that!
My wife is a Czech citizen. therefore I am a registered full time CZ citizen by marriage. We return to Prague, Brno, Kutná Hora and Sazava every Spring. For years we have been in search of, but never found, real Czech cuisine in CA. We tend to shy away from German restaurants in our search for Czech food becaue they never seem to get it right. The Valley Hungarian Sausage Market in Pear Blossem is about the only place we have found that makes czech "koblaz" sausage as close to what's real Czech cuisine. Fact is, the best bread dumpling and gulas we have found is the stuff we make ourselves. I have a good dozen packages of Vitiara brand knedliky mix, many different types of seasoning packets for all kinds of Czech dishes, including mleto maso for awesome karbanaki & pre-made parki and spechacki (frozen). For real current Czech beers, look for Czechvar (sometimes in Trader Joes), Branik svelte (my favorite), Kozel (from Brno), Staropramen, Gambrinus, Radegast and a german made beer called Bernard (which is the current fad beer in Prague). Na zdraví!
I have one recommendation from my uncle, whose czech friend is living in L.A. for 25 years and have his own restaurant in downtown.... there are only a little czech food and no dumplings but you can look at the menu, if you find something interesting...
I have not been there yet...
I asked a Czech guy in our office and he confirmed the Redondo Beach restaurant is closed and he doesn't know of any others. (He's lived in LA 20 years.) "To je skoda!"
Since you're willing to travel...next time you are in Chicago go to Bohemia Crystal in Westmont--http://www.bohemiancrystal.net/ --It's very authentic--90% of the customers are Czech.
The only one I know of for sure is Czech-Point in Redondo Beach. It has quite a local Czech scene going with lots watching 'football' in the small place. I thought the food was just alright. Kind of bland to me but I wasn't sure what to expect. Different from German or Polish for sure.
Citysearch lists Polka in Glendale (I liked that a lot) as well as Warszawa (also like but I thought strickly polish) as having Czech also.