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Looking for Lithuanian Food in GTA

Fetter Apr 10, 2007 09:42 AM

Does anyone know any restaurants in the GTA that either specialize in Lithuanian food or at least serve Lithuanian dishes?

Unfortunately all I can seem to find online are restaurants in Chicago.

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    Kellz Dec 5, 2009 09:26 AM

    There is a Baltic bakery on Dundas Street west, just east of Jane. As far as I know, they sell Cepelinai on Saturdays. They also sell the potato shredding machines. I've never tried it but it's definitely on my to do list!

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      voracious Apr 13, 2007 02:11 PM

      Are you familiar with the Sunday brunch at the Latvian Centre on Credit Union Drive? (Bermondsey and Eglinton) I confess I don't know much about Lithuanian food, but I bet there are similarities. The Latvian brunch, or "azaids," is from 11:30 to 2:30 on Sundays and costs $15, excluding alcohol and cakes (and you really have to try the cakes, especially the mocha meringue).
      Unfortunately, they only serve until Mother's Day weekend and will likely be busy until then. Might be a good idea to make a reservation.

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        Christina_KerrFarms Apr 11, 2007 12:38 PM

        I heard that they have recently renovated the bar at Lithuanian House on Bloor and are now serving food..but I can't guarantee it because I haven't had a chance to go yet....so you might want to try calling them first :)

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        1. re: Christina_KerrFarms
          Davedigger Apr 11, 2007 07:58 PM

          They have renovated, and they've always served the food in the bar on Sundays. If there were leftovers, they would serve the leftovers for how ever many days they lasted. Again, not so great.

          1. re: Davedigger
            jonas72 Dec 4, 2009 06:19 AM

            there is a lithuanian deli that sells all sorts of goodies on dundas st west between jane st and runnymede road on the north side. Supposedly they have a potato grating machine that makes making kugelis and cepelinai alot easier.

        2. melsky Apr 11, 2007 07:47 AM

          My husband is Lithuanian and I've looked for Lithuanian food in Toronto with no success. Maybe we will try going to that Lithuanian Hall as it is close to our house. I would like to have it in a regular restaurant though, I guess we will have to go to Chicago.

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          1. re: melsky
            Fetter Apr 11, 2007 08:31 AM

            Field Trip!!!! HEhehe.

          2. Davedigger Apr 10, 2007 11:01 AM

            There are none in the GTA.

            HOWEVER, the Lithuanian Hall at 1573 Bloor St. W. (416-532-3311) serves koldunai and cepelinai every Sunday starting around noon. It's not as good as mama's, but it'll do in a pinch. lol

            Also, the Lithuanian church in Mississauga (located in the Hurontario/QEW area - Stavebank road maybe? Can't remember the real name - Lithuanians call it Anapilis) and the Resurrection Parish in Etobicoke (north side of Bloor between Islington and Kipling) both serve Lithuanian food after mass on Sundays (11 am-ish).

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            1. re: Davedigger
              karenb Apr 10, 2007 06:50 PM

              What about a non Lithuanian restaurant that serves similar foods like Kugelis, Cepelini, Perogis, Beet soup, etc?
              Also FYI for anyone interested in cooking Lithuanian, I like these sites...
              http://www.theingredientstore.com/joe... (I'll be trying the mushrrom cookie recipe for my wedding favours!)

              1. re: karenb
                Fetter Apr 11, 2007 05:52 AM

                I will definitely look into that!!

                Thank you.

                1. re: karenb
                  Davedigger Apr 11, 2007 08:01 PM

                  Trust me. I've looked. The best I can offer is Amber in Bloor West Village, but they'll only have Perogies and beet soup.

                  I have converted an Anglo friend into the fold, and we spend a long-weekend once a year making koldunai for ourselves. Using my mom's recipe of course! Our last forage yielded 2000!

                2. re: Davedigger
                  Fetter Apr 11, 2007 05:51 AM

                  Thank you for the tips. I do apprecaite them. (are you Lithuanian?)

                  I've eaten at both those places at those times...as I was stuck at those locations for various reasons throughout my life (church, funerals, etc) (Yes, I am Lithuanian). Unfortunately, Sundays are my sleep in days and I'm really looking for somewhere to eat on a Saturday night..as that is my eat out night with one of my friends. We've eaten at restaurants that cater to his background (ok, Portuguese isn't too hard, lol), and wanted to find ones that catered to mine.

                  1. re: Fetter
                    Davedigger Apr 11, 2007 08:03 PM

                    Yes. My parents both came from Lithuania and I actually went to kindergarten not speaking a word of English.

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