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My Mom needs some paprikas szalonna. Please help!

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mangetoutoc Dec 29, 2008 09:29 PM

Hi all.

Though I am finding lots of fab Hungarian goodies here in LA, one major item has eluded me. My Mom absolutely loves paprikas szalonna, which is a weird boiled fat rolled in paprika thing I have never deleloped a taste for despite being all about hard-core ethnic foods.

Does anyone know where I can get this? She used to go regularly to Otto's, the big European Deli in the Northern Valley and all the obvious places with no luck. I'm striking out and would love to be able to bring her a nice, big szalonna without having to go to NJ to get it.

Driving, within the boundaries of reason of course, is not an issue.

Thanks!!!!!

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    schrutefarms RE: mangetoutoc Dec 29, 2008 09:47 PM

    I would try (and I don't know the name), the big Hungarian restaurant on Melrose/Vine, it's the only Hungarian place I know of.

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      soniabegonia RE: schrutefarms Dec 30, 2008 09:22 AM

      Csardas (5820 Melrose). Even if they don't have it there, maybe call ahead and sweet talk into making it for you.

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        mangetoutoc RE: soniabegonia Dec 30, 2008 10:29 AM

        Ooo I've been itching to try Csardas anyway. Good call, thanks!

    2. bodie RE: mangetoutoc Dec 30, 2008 08:26 AM

      You might try the Schreiner's German Deli on Ocean View in Montrose or Continental Deli one on San Fernando Rd. in Burbank..

      By the way, I think that Hortobagy the Hungarian restaurant that was on Ventura Blvd. has just reopened in North Hollywood at the site of Maximilian's. They've retained the name Maximilian's.

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        mangetoutoc RE: bodie Dec 30, 2008 09:08 AM

        Great suggestions, thanks! I'll give them a shot.

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          Hughlipton RE: bodie Dec 31, 2008 01:28 PM

          Drove by Maximilian's today, parked and looked at the menu. This is now indeed an Hungarian restaurant with a reasonably priced menu. Called the number posted outside the door and spoke with a genetleman with a thick Hungarian accent sho said they will be opening Friday night. I loved the listing of dishes and I personally love the venue because of it's quit qrivacy as opposed to being on a major drag. Unless someone beats me to it I will post the outcome of my venture as I long for the 1/2 crispy duck I remember so well from Hortobagy. The further advantage of the new location is that there is plenty of room to park on side streets or at the restaurant.

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            noshie RE: Hughlipton Dec 31, 2008 02:42 PM

            Please do post. I was aching for Hortobagy the other day and was referred to Csardas which I went to and found somewhat lacking (I was told it was related to Hortobagy, but some things tasted different to me). Did you ask if they were related to Hortobagy?

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              Hughlipton RE: noshie Jan 1, 2009 07:26 AM

              No I didn't but I will

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          Jerome RE: mangetoutoc Dec 30, 2008 11:49 AM

          If otto doesn't have it, (in burbank not north valley), try this place out in the antelope valley - call and ask first -
          Valley Hungarian Sausage & Meat Co.
          8809 Pearblossom Hwy
          Littlerock, CA 93543
          661-944-3351
          about 35 minutes from northridge.

          1. The Professor RE: mangetoutoc Dec 31, 2008 01:43 PM

            I'm in NJ so I cant suggest any places, but the stuff is SO easy to make...all it is is a slab of pork belly which is simmerred (not boiled) in very well salted water with lots of chopped garlic (I grind some pepper in when I make it as well). After a long simmer, it is taken out of the water, patted dry, and coated with sweet Noble Rose paprika, and refrigerated. Thins lices on rye bread...or even a cracker= yum.
            I grew up on the stuff and still love it for all its decadence, though it's not something you can (or should) at a lot of. It's my Grandma's classic peasant food.
            Seriously...if you can find a butcher shop that has fresh pork belly (ANY Asian market would have that) try making some for your mom!

            1. Hughlipton RE: mangetoutoc Jan 1, 2009 07:38 AM

              Try Ottos in Burbank
              http://hungariandeli.com/

              1. littlemissbusiness RE: mangetoutoc Nov 14, 2009 05:08 PM

                Laszlo, who owned Hortobagy, had to close the restaurant because of some mix up with their landlord. He opened Maximillians, which is lovely. There is another recent board post about the restaurant. If you call ahead, he may be able to help you out.

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                Maximillian's
                11330 Weddington St, Los Angeles, CA 91601

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                  Borie RE: mangetoutoc Dec 4, 2009 02:39 PM

                  If you don't mind driving to Glendale, there is a store on Colorado Blvd called JON'S, they have paprikas szalonna, Csabai kolbasz and other Hungarian delicacies and wine as well. Very reasonable.
                  Otto's is very, very expensive.
                  Csardas is very nice since they rearranged it, and they have new furniture. Prices are reasonable. Kremes is excellent. We love their Wiener schnitzel.

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                    Jerome RE: Borie Dec 4, 2009 06:03 PM

                    there are jons markets all over. fountain and la brea, sunset blvd, magnolia and laurel canyon. you might want to call them to see if they hvae what you want.

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