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Jun 12, 2003 12:55 AM

Slovak food?

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My 88-year-old grandfather asked me if I've found any Slovak restaurants in Southern California. I don't even know what to look for. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Czech Point on Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach is about what you'll be looking for -- and enjoying!

    It is pretty enjoyable place if you like such things (I do!).

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    1. re: Carrie

      Thank you! Can you give me some suggestions? What's should I order? I grew up eating some specialties at my grandparent's house, but I don't think I was a big fan. As I got older (and moved farther and farther away, unfortunately), I'm reconnecting with them about our similar interests, which happens to be food.

      The fruit doesn't fall far, that's for sure.

      1. re: star

        Czech food and Slovak food are actually quite different. Slovak food is much closer to Hungarian food. If you like, Czech food, if it has foreign influences, is closer to German food. Czechs traditionally do great things with goose and pork, and the traditional starch (besides potatoes) are Cesky Knedly (sp?) which is a sliced steamed wheaten dumpling.
        Slovakia had (and still has) a sizable Hungarian minority. The peasant dishes include things made with Brindza, a sheep cheese from the Tatra (the main town in the region is Liptovsky {Sv.} Mikulas, in Hungarian Liptoszentmiklos, hence German Liptauer. The Liptauer spread is an imitation of the Slovak spread made with Brindza). So, as likely to find similar dishes in a hungarian restaurant as in a Czech restaurant.

        If you want Brindza cheese, Otto's on Clark in Burbank imports it.

        1. re: Jerome

          right. this gets very tribal & complicated-bohemian czechs being more influenced by germans, moravian czechs by slavic-slovaks, the magyar-hungarian influence coming up from the south.

          czech point is pretty bohemian, but there's a good hint of paprika in the cabbage soup & it resembles a hungarian gulyas. it's a nice place that reminds me of my bohemian grandmother's cooking, w/great roast duck, pork & potato dumplings(halusky). staropramen beer on tap. homemade apple strudel.

          for comparison, try csardas hungarian. gulyas, chicken paprikas. 5820 melrose ave., los angeles.

        2. re: star
          D. Lewandowski Guerra

          Hi, Star,

          By heritage, I'm Polish on my father's side, and Slovak on my mother's. I've found that Hungarian food is very much like Slovakian (especially the stuffed cabbages with sour cream sauce, along with delicious desserts featuring fruits, pastry, and cream).

          This Winter I dined on several days' worth of Polish food in Warsaw, but I sense their cuisine has less in common with Slovakian than Hungarian.

          While living in Boston, I often dined in an Hungarian restaurant that almost made me weep, because I felt I was back in my maternal grandmother's house!

          Perhaps your grandfather, if he's headed out to dine with you, might even prefer an Hungarian to a Polish place.

          I understand from my son's former UCLA room-mate, who's Hungarian, that there is/was a considerable Hungarian enclave in Los Angeles.


          Donata (Martinec) Lewandowski Guerra

          Wilmington, Delaware Then and Now _ A City in Vintage and Modern Views:


      2. You might try Warszawa Restaurant, on Lincoln in Santa Monica. See link for further info.