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Does anybody know of any good Yugoslavian restaurants in Toronto?

It's been about 20 years since I last visited Yuogslavia with my dad, Ron.....We used to travel to Split and then take a boat to Stari Grad, a sleepy little village, where we would stay at the Hotel Helios..There we would feast on Rasnicci and Chivuppicci, the two dishes I would give my house up for if I could find them.

If anybody knows of a good Yugoslavian restaurant in Toronto please let me know,

Thanks,

Heidi

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  1. Since Yugoslavia doesn't exist any more, you should be on the look out for restaurants that bill themselves as Balkan or offering items from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, or Macedonia.

    There's a Balkan-style place in Etobicoke called Zam -
    http://www.zam.ca/index-2.html

    There's also Rixo on O'Connor Drive, which is mostly a take-out place
    http://www.rixofastfood.com/food.html

    A lot of people from the former Yugoslavia have settled around the Junction area in the Dundas/Keele area -
    There's the Bosnian Bakery and Grill near Dundas & Runnymede 3333 Dundas Street West

    I haven't been to any of the spots above so can't vouch for how good they are.

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    1. re: JamieK

      I've always been curious about Zam. I've driven by it for years, and have always been curious about it's tucked away/hiddden location.

      I wonder how tolerant they are to non-balkan clientele?

      1. would mcadams place work for you?
        http://www.mcadamplace.com/

        i've been there a couple times and absolutely fell in love with prebanac that i've tried to recreate it with little success. some serbian and yugoslav friends enjoy it immensely.

        there's actually a grocer/baker/deli called stari grad that sells ingredients and things that you might like.
        http://www.starigrad.ca/

        there's also a place called bosha something that might be the bosnian bakery and grill jamiek is referring to at dundas & runnymede. makes my favourite cevapi sandwiches by far.

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          That's awesome! A grocery store named after StariGrad!!!!!!

        2. McAdam Place has both rasnici (raznjici) and cevapcici (cevapi) on their Serbian language menu: http://www.mcadamplace.com/vecera_men..., although the dishes are not mentioned on their considerably shorter English language menu.

          Skadarlija is a Serbian restaurant in Parkdale that also might have what you're looking for. They have cevapi on the menu, but no rasnici. They also have schnitzels (snicla) and cabbage rolls(sarma).
          Menu (in Serbian): http://www2.serbiancafe.com/skadarlija/

          Also, Mak Deli in Scarbourough serves cevapi at lunch
          lunch specials: http://www.makdeli.com/13.html
          general website: http://www.makdeli.com/

          If you're willing to travel to Mississauga, there's the Croatia Restaurant at 1989 Dundas West that serves raznici: http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura...

          Here are some earlier threads on related topics.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/466084
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/466623

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          1. re: phoenikia

            Nex time I am in Mississauga I will check it out! Thanks,

            heidi

          2. Unfortunately you won't find anything as good here. Most Serbs go to Zam and McAdam although I don't really like the atmosphere at either place. For a casual place, Royal Meat BBQ is a Serbian restaurant that opened recently which serves chevaps and raznici.

            http://www.royalmeats.ca/

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            1. re: plavka

              Cool, Royal meats, have to see about that!!!

            2. My inlaws travel from Kitchener at least once a month to go to McAdam Place. They immigrated from former Yogoslavia about 34 years ago. My father inlaw is a cevapi fanatic and he loves theirs.

              When living in Etobicoke we took them to Zam. It was okay, but they still prefer McAdam Place.

              There's a good place in Kitchener if interested.

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              1. re: RYP

                Tell your Father In law that he has good taste! Thanks for the info,

                heidi

              2. Found a recipe: Check it out!

                Could your recipe search be for CEVAPI? I found the following Bosnian CEVAPI recipe on another recipe site. I hope this helps.....

                Cevapi
                (Serves 6 to 8)

                1 pound lean ground veal
                1 pound ground beef
                1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
                1 Tb salt
                3 Tb chopped fresh parsley
                1 tsp ground garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder

                Mix ingredients thoroughly. Dip finger in cold, salted water and shape tablespoon or more of meat mixture into finger length shapes like small sausage links. Place meat on fine wire grill over hot coals, turning once. Or broil in oven about 10 min. until lightly browned. Serve on bed of salad, chopped onions or pita.

                Cevapi are often threaded on skewers but clearly it's not necessary (and you avoid the hassle of having to soak wooden skewers to keep them from burning).

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                1. re: Heidi Ho

                  I live in Mississauga and know of a deli on Hurontario and King which sells Cevapi raw for your bar bq. It's called Willy's Delicatessen (next to Price Chopper.) They have a hotplate and groceries (like Ivar) and staff from Slovenia and Serbia. This place is about 10km from the Croatian Restaurant mentioned above.

                2. it looks like there are many serbian, but not many croatian places to go to. i visited Zagreb, Croatia last year and loved their ambiance, but can't find the same here. I will add additional cute little store info I really like, called Slovenija where I bought cevapi or easter ham in the past. The store is located north of Bloor on dundas west across from price chopper. The store owners are quite nice to everyone, not just ppl from the Balkans. I also ordered some great cevapi and some other meats from this restaurant called Bosnia, near Dundas West/Runnymede and the lady in that restaurant made some great cheese pastry called "burek" for me too. they were very nice to me, but the place was a bit intimidating since the men sitting down in the restaurant seemed a bit perplexed what I was doing there.

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                  1. re: robin15

                    There is Croatian store called Croatia Meats on Dundas (between Tomken and Cawtra).
                    They sell raw chevapi, kajmak, and many other products. As the name suggests they also have various meat products (smoked, baked etc like cvarci, sudzuka, prsut, slanina etc.). Owners are very nice (Croatian/Portugese couple). Some of the products can also be found at various location of Karpati.
                    Btw. I would recommend trying out Bosnian restaurants/cafes like Berina's (http://berinaspecialty.com/) and Estrada (http://www.cafeestrada.com/). Both have pastry, weekends with live music etc. Estrada website has some videos about making food.