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Aug 29, 2008 10:30 AM

Georgian restaurant(s) in Bay Area?

Our daughter is returning from a prematurely concluded Peace Corps assignment in the Republic of Georgia. We would like to take her to a Georgian restaurant in the Bay Area. The most recent discussion here was for an SF place called Traktir, and that thread is four years old.

Is there anything new on the scene?
Is Traktir still operating, and has anyone eaten there more recently?
Would any of the participants in the 2004 excursion care to join us sometime soon?

Also, are there any good sources of Georgian wine, preferably in the South Bay?

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  1. I think you missed some reports, the most recent was a few weeks ago about Cafe Sadko in SF:

    There's a brand-new Georgian wine distributor in the area who's bringing in better stuff than has previously been available. The Wine Mine was his first customer.

    Wine Mine
    5427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    Cafe Sadko
    2229 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks for the Sadko link -- it didn't come up in my search.

      The thread seems to suggest that it's a Russian resto, with Russian staff and owners, that has a couple of Georgian soups on the menu. Did I get that right?

      Recent events have put the distinctions between Russians and Georgians into sharp relief. Once independent, Georgia was a conquered Russian colony for most of the last couple of centuries. They pride themselves on having a unique culture, and their language and their alphabet bear absolutely no resemblance to Russian. I don't know how much overlap there is between cuisines.

      1. re: Janko

        There is not a large Eastern European population in the Bay Area ... at least compared to other areas in the country.

        That tends to a lot of overlap. I'm of Polish ancestery but to get my local food fix I take what I can get. Often Russion places offer some dishes shared by other Eastern European countries and the various different regions in Russia.

        This is map I put together of all the Eastern European markets and restaurants

        Trakir is still open and one of the few places I still have on my list to visit.

        I do know that the owner of Reneta's is Georgian and has a number of Georgian dishes on the menu. The map has the link to my report. He is really good to chat with about all that.

        Sadko I didn't chat it up with the owners. Can't tell how much of the menu is Georgian, but I suspect not as much as Trakir.

        Russian Cafe and Deli has a few Georgian dishes, most notably that soup.

        In Walnut Creek, Babushka also has the Georgian soup (i was interested in comparison tasting after being introduced to it at Renetas.

        That's about all I know. Renetas has some lovely Russian sodas like Tarragon ... they also have the most vile bottled kvas I've ever tried. The owner did warm me it was a Russian thing and I probably wouldn't like it.

        1. re: rworange

          That map and list is a great resource -- thanks for posting it.
          Since your map extends up to Davis and has no marker there, I'll mention that there's a Czech restaurant in town:
          Little Prague Restaurant

          330 G St
          Davis, CA 95616
          (530) 756-1107

          It's OK -- good soups, good bread (they bake their own), OK (but not great) main dishes generally, some good desserts, and a good Czech beer selection. They claim to be northern California's premier Czech restaurant, but there's not really a lot of competition.