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Looking for a really excellent & authentic RUSSIAN restaurant in LA

Can anyone recommend a really authentic and wonderful Russian restaurant in Los Angeles?

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  1. A strong candidate for best Russian in L.A.:

    Traktir
    8151 Santa Monica Blvd.
    West Hollywood
    (323) 654-3030

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      1. re: JBC

        Athen's Royal Garden in North Hollywood. Name doesn't fit it, but it is a Russian restaurant with the absolutely best borscht soup anywhere. Check it out here or on citysearch. The place has rabbits and birds hopping and flying around in the courtyard too. It is a destination as well as good food.

      2. In the past folks have named New York New York (yes, it's Russian). On Vermont south of Sunset (west side). Never tried it.

        Traktir's small plates - salads drenched in sour cream and dill, regional variations on dumplings - are delicious, but folks say the "main dishes" like kebabs, steak and "airline schnitzel" are really bland. Our group stuffed ourselves on an assortment of the appetizers, though, and had no complaints. They have an import store next door.

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        1. re: Cicely

          You probably right - Ordering apps only at ethic restaurants can be a wise & effective strategy (i.e., I don't think I've ever ordered a main for myself at Alcazar (Lebanese) http://www.al-cazar.com).

          For a list of Russian & "Near" Russian restaurants in L.A., and elsewhere (the list most likely needs updating):

          http://restoran.us/usa/california/cal...

          Hit the maps for location cues...

          1. re: JBC

            this is an awesome map that i've already book marked.
            the russian spots on santa monica and fairfax are right on my way back home from work so i'm gonna start making my way through them.

            have you had any experience at these places and any tips on what to order where?
            also, if some of them are more banquet only style or deli/casual style.

            thanks!

          2. re: Cicely

            In defense of Traktir's salads, only one has a (delicous) sour cream dressing. The other one is very tasty in its own way with without the dairy.

            The main courses aren't bad, I just don't think they are superior, especially the kabobs. The pork chop is usually pretty tasty. Of particular note is the delicous buttery mushrooms and potatoes served on the side.

            1. re: JudiAU

              oh, I agree that the sour cream-dill dressing is delicious. I didn't mean "drenched" in a negative way.

          3. There is Maran on San Fernando in Burbank. The menu consists of Russian and Armenian items. They have great soups there! Last time I indulged in a fabulous borscht and the Georgian dumplings.

            http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

            1. I'm a fan of Uzbekistan in Hollywood. Fairly extensive menu, although I usually go for the more bang-for-the-buck lunch and dinner special. I've gone there with people who know Russian food, and they have vouched for its authenticity.

              Uzbekistan
              7077 W Sunset Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90028
              (323) 464-3663

              1. I can't really recommend Traktir -- I've only been once, but I wasn't impressed with the menu offerings and the food was just ok, not great. I'm probably a little spoiled after living in Moscow for a bit, but overall I was pretty disappointed by the food (although the atmosphere was nice -- it seems to be a big gathering spot for expats to socialize and you can see cute old Russian dyedushki playing chess).