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MEDFOR57 Feb 14, 2009 03:44 PM

MY TASTE BUDS WOULD LOVE TO FIND SOME REAL SWEDISH FOOD IN LOS ANGELES.CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIND SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE MEATBALLS AT THE FURNITURE STORE?

  1. monku Feb 14, 2009 04:01 PM

    Didn't sound like CH'rs were that positive. The meatballs didn't sound like they were much better than the furniture store.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577962

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    1. re: monku
      Bob Brooks Feb 14, 2009 04:19 PM

      Ouch. That's interesting. I missed the CH postings. I was only going by SIV's review, which, of course, is always dubious.

      Regardless, MEDFOR57 still has to turn his caps lock off!

    2. J.L. Feb 14, 2009 05:12 PM

      2 things:

      1. For the love of God, turn off your CAPS on your keyboard and stop SCREAMING at us. We're trying to help you.

      2. Don't be so quick to diss the furniture store food. Having been to Sweden myself, and having many Swedish friends, we all agree that those Ikea meatballs are pretty close to the real deal.

      1. Das Ubergeek Feb 14, 2009 09:31 PM

        There are no Swedish restaurants in LA (correction: one, as above, but not loved by Chowhounds). There is a very good Swedish bakery in Glendale called Berolina. You can get Swedish food at the annual SWEA Christmas event, and at other events sponsored by the Vasa Lodge, normally at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills.

        Also, please don't type in all caps. Inasmuch as there are any manners on the Internet, it's considered rude and it's the equivalent of screaming.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          j
          JBC Feb 15, 2009 07:40 AM

          .."There are no Swedish restaurants in LA..."

          L.A. has recently taken a encouraging step in that direction with Ak Restaurant in Venice: chef/owner Conny Andersson from Gothenburg, Sweden. They feature these 3 dishes on their regular menu:

          Flavors of Scandinavia:

          Aquavit cured salmon gravlax- espresso honey mustard sauce 14.
          Three types of herring – västerbotten cheese – sour cream 15.
          Meatballs / whipped potato / lingonberries / pickled cucumber salad 24.

          http://www.akinvenice.com

          There is, or was, The Nordic Fox in Downey - So maybe there is one in L.A. ? Quality of cuisine is ______________?

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/54930

          You can also pick up some related food stuff at Olsen's Deli - West Hollywood (I think ?).

          1. re: JBC
            monku Feb 15, 2009 02:15 PM

            For some reason the first post was about Ak Restaurant in Venice was removed and I posted the reviews.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577962

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            A K
            1633 Abbot Kinney Road, Venice, CA 90291

            1. re: JBC
              WildSwede Feb 16, 2009 12:08 PM

              Olsen's Deli is on Pico east of Fairfax. 5560 Pico, LA 90019 (323) 938-0742. They are only open til 4, so I would definitely call first.
              Yes, the Ikea meatballs are actually very good (and much easier than making your own). I prefer their shrimp sandwich when I go to the restaurant - reminds me of the rekefests we used to have all the time both there and here. I love their pickles that they sell in the market downstairs and the cheeses. They sell the same cheeses my Swedish grandma used to have in her house in Sweden. Also, the swedish flatbread, warmed in the micro with some butter and mild white cheese is a snack that will take you (okay, maybe only me) to heaven.
              I have never been to the Nordic Fox, but met the owners at the Scandinavian Festival at Cal Lutheran and they said they had some scandinavian specialties there. I read about AK Restaurant and would like to try it. Funny, my mom's cousin is visiting from Norway right now and we polished off the Aquavit (or is it Cognac he uses?) and wine-cured gravlax he made just this weekend! We will have to get him to make some more.
              If you want to try Norwegian food, come on down to Sons of Norway in Van Nuys in Novemvber (I will post when it takes place) for lutefisk, lefse, meatballs, etc. Everything is made by the members of the lodge. Really good and a fun experience!

              1. re: WildSwede
                Mr Taster Feb 4, 2014 10:33 AM

                Hey WildSwede, I'm finally heading down to Olsen's for lunch on Thursday with a Norwegian coworker of mine. What do you recommend ordering there?

                I saw on another thread, a Chowhound recommended the liver patej, kavier glogg and pripps beer. (assuming the Chowhound left out the comma, as kavier and glogg sound like two different things...) I'd love to know your recommendations.

                Also, as I am nearly entirely unfamiliar with Scandinavian food (aside from Ikea and several lutefisk dinners at Norrona Lodge), I'd love to hear descriptions of the dishes you've recommended. How is the patej different, for example, from Langer's chopped liver? (just so I have a basis for comparison-- I know they're probably very different.) And how is the kavier served-- on dark bread with butter like Russian style, or...? I really don't know.

                Thanks, WildSwede.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  WildSwede Feb 5, 2014 04:41 PM

                  Hi Mr Taster! You may want to check to make sure they are still open. I know the place has been for sale for a long time and heard that they were just going to close the doors but not sure if they have done so as of yet.
                  I will get back with you on your other questions.

              2. re: JBC
                mnosyne Mar 6, 2009 07:56 AM

                Twenty-four dollars for meatballs??????

                1. re: JBC
                  sbritchky Mar 6, 2009 11:50 AM

                  Meatballs the same price as Kurobuta pork and ten bucks more than acquavit-cured salmon gravlax? I think I'll open a take-out window at home!

              3. m
                McLaw Mar 6, 2009 07:46 AM

                I have an absolute craving for those fantastic open-faced sandwiches of the sort sold in Copenhagen at Ida Davidsen's place, washed down with aquavit and beer. Is there anyplace in the LA area that serves such a thing?

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                1. re: McLaw
                  PurpleTeeth Mar 6, 2009 11:43 AM

                  AP-Petite‎
                  140 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA‎ - (626) 744-0337‎

                  http://www.ap-petite.com/

                  1. re: PurpleTeeth
                    sbritchky Mar 6, 2009 11:49 AM

                    Say, those sandwiches do look a bit like the smørrebrød at Ida Davidsen, which are little works of art. Thanks for the reference, PurpleTeeth.

                2. gr8pimpin Feb 4, 2014 03:58 PM

                  There is a SWEDISH pizza joint that just opened in Tarzana called Cutters Pizza. From the owners "for Four Decades, Swedish Pizza has been the top selling food in all of the Scandinavian Countries. Now for the first time ever since its inception, Cutter's Pizza has Proudly taken it across the Atlantic Ocean and over to the west coast in Los Angeles for millions of American to enjoy as well."

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                  1. re: gr8pimpin
                    WildSwede Feb 5, 2014 04:43 PM

                    Funny! I have never had "Swedish" pizza (not even when I have been to Sweden). Will have to check it out.

                  2. j
                    josephnl Feb 4, 2014 07:03 PM

                    Since Gustav Anders closed in Costa Mesa (and Scandia, years before), I don't think that there is any really good Scandinavian food in southern CA. Am I wrong? Please tell me I am wrong and let me know we great herring with Aquavit and beer, or bøf med log are available.

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                    1. re: josephnl
                      WildSwede Feb 5, 2014 04:46 PM

                      Yeah, you are right unfortunately. The only places you can get stuff like that is when the various lodges have dinners or the festivals. You don't find aquavit very often anywhere. That is something people enjoy at home or at house parties. You can purchase a lot of the items at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in San Pedro.

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