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Jan 31, 2009 01:29 AM

Admit it....You go to Ikea just for lunch.

I do. As big as a pain in the butt it usually is to park there....sometimes I hit it up just for the meatballs. They are so GOOD!!!! And it's, what, five bucks for 10 meatballs, potatoes, veggies, a roll, lingonberry sauce AND a drink?? In these times of recession, you can't ask for a better deal!

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  1. What do they call Swedish meatballs in Sweden? Plus I doubt they eat them anyhow. Same as chop suey was invented here (America) and no one knows it in China

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    1. re: gafferx


      Smörgåsbord, on the other hand, is also traditional, but something which has been in decline in Stockholm and eaten primarily by tourists now.

      If I'm starving at Ikea, I'll get an ice cream cone, hot dog, or a children's special, with meatballs. I used to buy the bags of meatballs before I decided to make them myself.

      What's not to like about meatballs? Most cuisines have a version of it. Kefta. Fishballs. Falafel (ok, not meat, but a ball shaped food). Serve them savoury or tart, on their own or in sauces, over rice or with potatoes, in a sandwich or embellishing a soup, on top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese (I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed).

      1. re: Caralien

        Yes you are right that meatballs are a cross cultural phenomena. Many cultures figured out that it's a good way to eat meat. I've had kefta in a felafel type sandwich. but just in America so who knows what meat was actually in the kefta. Fishballs in China Town. They're OK

        For me a conscientious pizzeria can make the best hot meatball parmigian sub and there is one near me. Making good Italian meatballs is an art& science. Up there with making good pho and good pizza

      2. re: gafferx

        En Sverige det kalle dem kjottballer. (translation: In Sweden they call them meat balls.) And yes they eat them. The ground beef is so lean one has to put butter in a frying pan to make hamburgers. We look around, eat, especially lox and the shrimp open face sandwiches and buy foods to take home (herring, flat bread, jams, cheeses, lox, and ligonberry concentrate.)
        I just wish there was one closer than a 7 hour drive.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Next time I go there I will ask for the kjottballer to see what happens. You mention lox where they should really call it gravlax

          1. re: gafferx

            Got me on the gravlox; I just wasn't feeling grav. Forget asking for kjottboller; no one speaks Svenska in US IKEA's

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Right. Most of the people working in the San Diego location are Hispanic.

            2. re: gafferx

              If my memory serves me correctly, the little card calls it gravad lax.

                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  wikipedia entry sez--->>

                  Gravlax or gravad lax (Swedish), gravad laks (Danish), gravlaks (Norwegian, Danish), graavilohi (Finnish), graflax (Icelandic) is a Scandinavian dish consisting of raw salmon cured in salt, sugar, and dill. Gravlax is usually served as an appetizer, sliced thinly and accompanied by hovmästarsås (also known as gravlaxsås), a dill and mustard sauce, either on bread of some kind, or with boiled potatoes

                  1. re: gafferx

                    I was just funnin'. I lived in Norway and Finland for 10 years and speak fluent Norwegen. I ulearne to make my own gravlaks in Norway and still do. We bought our eldest son's crib and baby stuff at the Oslo IKEA in 1981. As Headmaster of a Diplomatic school in Helsinki, we supplied furnished housing to teachers and I bought it all at.....IKEA. We we returned to Maine and bought a house. I borrowed a lobsterman buddy's big pick up truck, drove down to the IKEA in Elizabeth (the closest ant the time.), rented a big U-haul trailer and filled up the truck and trailer w/ a houseful of furniture in 1 trip.

          2. I tend to agree. The deals are hard to beat and you can fill up for cheap. I adore the lingon berry juice.

            1. Meatballs are not bad. Breakfast is one of the vilest things on the planet.

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              1. re: Harters

                ooh yes. I had their bfast once when I was there just before opening. AWFUL!

              2. The meatballs are good. Not sure if I want to know what is in them though...

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                1. re: AndrewK512

                  according to the packaging on the frozen ones, it's pretty much meat and spices in the meatballs themselves. The sauce is a different story.

                2. I am dense, I admit. Is this the assemble-your-self furniture store?

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                  1. re: chownewbie

                    It is the self-assembly furniture store, yes. They have two different eateries: There's the full restaurant, the one with the Swedish meatballs, at the halfway point of the store. You see, the store is laid out in labyrinthine format so you see everything unless you take a shortcut. The restaurant acts as a sort of intermission so you can relax after wandering the showroom, and collect your thoughts before proceeding into the main merchandise area. Once you've paid for everything, on your way out there's the Bistro, which sells hot dogs for fifty cents, cinnamon rolls for $1 (or six for $4), frozen yogurt, and other snack type things.

                    Swedish meatballs : IKEA :: Free samples : Costco
                    50¢ hot dog : IKEA :: $1.50 hot dog and drink : Costco