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Any Serbian restaurants (a la Three Brothers in Milwaukee) in the LA area?

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I'm craving some really good Serbian food but can't really go to Milwaukee right now. Anyone know of any places more local? I read on one website that Il Sogno Dolce on Montana does a Serbian dinner Sunday nights.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Have you been to the Metro Cafe?

    11188 Washington Pl
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310) 559-6821

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    1. re: Servorg

      No. Didn't know it was Serbian (or has Serbian food). Thanks!

      1. re: Bon Vivant

        Half the menu is Serbian (owned and run by Serbian brothers).

        1. re: Servorg

          The restaurant is connected to a Travelodge, and there is usually a lot of parking around. To the palate unaccustomed to Serbian food, the Serbian choices are better than the traditional American/West European fare.

          1. re: Servorg

            Not brothers; friends: Sasha and Alex. The Serbian food is always on the special menu. Great place.

      2. This posting almost brought tears to my eye... Three Brothers is my favorite restaurant in the world. And I am not one of those people who throws the word "favorite" around casually. It truly is my favorite.

        I like Metro Cafe, but it just can't compete with Three Brothers. The cheese burek just isn't in the same class, but then again, what is?

        1. interesting post - bon vivant. i am of ukrainian/don cossack extraction, who had many serbian relatives as i was growing up. the only serbian restaurant in the general area that i am aware of is "ante's" in san pedro. there are many, many serbs (and other associated ethnics living down in that area - most of their ancestors worked in the fishing and/or boat building industries.).

          you may want to check with the local serbian-orthodox churches, the main two being st. stephens in alhambra & st. sava's in san gabriel. they are very ethnically proud.

          in the meantime, if you are willing to do your own cooking, send me a note. my sister's serbian godmother made the best cevapchichi that i had ever had, and, even though it took years to perfect (she died in the mid-60's) i have done it and get great compliments from authentic serbs.

          let me know, and please post your findings.

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          1. re: justanotherpenguin

            Definitely Ante's in San Pedro. Most of the dishes run on the Croatian/Dalmatian side. The sauerkraut is to die for. The Perkov family that owns the restaurant and have been running it for years. You can also get excellent fresh cevapchichis at South Shores Meat Market and Sunshine Market here in town. McCowans also has a great selection of "slav" grocery items. Goga's has a good selection, but check the expiration dates before you buy.

            1. re: justanotherpenguin

              Please share your family recipe for cevapchichi on the Home Cooking board: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/31 You can always leave a note on this thread pointing to the recipe.

              Remember, email helps one hound, posting helps the pack! Thanks!

            2. I have a good friend who's Serbian. I turned her onto Aroma Cafe ( on Overland --not related to other Aromas in Encino and Studio City). And she just loves it, says it reminds her of home. It's actually Bosnian, but I guess has a similar cuisine. The bread, Pljeskavica (beef patty), Raznjic (lamb), Kajmak (cheese), burek (the non meat ones are the best). I'm not serbian, so I can't really judge, but the food is great, an they have a few shelves of imported grocery items as well. Here's the link to their menu http://www.aromacafe-la.com/Menu/defa...

              Enjoy!

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              Aroma Cafe
              2530 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. fwiw
                ante - croat
                aroma - bosniak
                metro - some serbian dishes. will do more if you call in advance and talk to the guys and special order. kickass sarma. when they make it.