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May 27, 2004 01:12 AM

Los Angeles - Scandinavian (preferably Danish or Dutch) Restaurant

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for our grandfather's 90th birthday, we would like to throw a birthday party at Scandinavian, preferable Danish or Dutch restaurant in Los Angeles.
Any recommendations?


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  1. to avoid confusion, dutch food would not be scandinavian. scandinavia is comprised of denmark, sweden, finland, and norway.

    were you looking for dutch food (from holland)? or scandinavian food?

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      1. re: belge

        Iceland, Sweden, norway and Denmark. Not finland.

        1. re: yummyewe

          Definitely not Finland. Even Iceland is iffy. Unfortunately, there are no Scandinavian restaurants in LA that I know of. I just googled The Nordic Fox in Downey and it says they are closed. I can't call since I am participating in a training, but will call later to confirm. I have never been. We all did realize this post is from 2004, right? Hope they found something.
          Anyway, as I have posted ad nauseum (and no one needs to remind me of this fact, thankyouverymuch), the only Scandinavian food to be had (this is authentic food made by real Scandahoovians) is at the Annual Lutefisk dinner at the Sons of Norway in Van Nuys (second weekend in November - I will post closer to the date) and their Julebord (closer to Christmas) in which they add fiskeboller (fish balls, my fave - don't scrunch your noses!) amongst other things. The Julebord sells out quickly. I can post about it when I know the exact date (only one night vs the two nights of the lutefisk dinner). One of the Swedish Clubs (Vasa? Hollywood?) does a Christmas Lucia program somewhere near downtown - they have goodies there, too.
          The Scandinavian festival at Cal Lutheran in Moorpark in April offers a meatball plate amongst other things - Aebleskiver, lefse and krumkake making demos, etc.
          Ikea. Yep. But really, the food is really pretty good. I always go for the shrimp sandwich (served open faced on a bed of lettuce, hardboiled eggs and lettuce. Sprinkle dill and lemon juice on top and this girl is transported back to childhood summers in Sweden - YUM!! The meatballs are really good (my mom doesn't even make homemade meatballs anymore - they are Ikea's with the brown sauce!). Add some boiled potatoes with dill and some lingon and you are good to go. Their other frozen items (shrimp - you gotta try the frozen "greenland shrimp" that they sell, they are great). The Princepolse is also really good. Dajm candy, Bilar, cheeses and Kalles spreads. Anchovies for Janssons Frestelse... ok, now I am getting hungry!!
          Maybe someone should open a Scandinavian restaurant! There used to be so many when my mom first came here. Now, sadly, they are all gone.

          Sons of Norway
          14312 Friar St, Los Angeles, CA 91401

          1. re: WildSwede

            Ok WildSwede, after how many years(?) of reading your effusive enthusiasm for all things lutefisky, you've finally convinced me to head out to Sons of Norway this year. (Though I'll admit that Huell Howser's show helped too!)

            Mr Taster

            Sons of Norway
            14312 Friar St, Los Angeles, CA 91401

            1. re: Mr Taster

              YAY! If you don't enjoy the lutefisk, there is plenty of Norwegian meatballs, veggies, lefse, Limpa (Swedish, I know), etc.
              Huell goes every year, although I have been very good at missing him each time. Maybe we will be there at the same time this year. He always reruns his visit (it was many years ago that this was taped) the weekend before (I think the Friday a week before) the dinner. I will post once I confirm that dates (I think it is the 2nd weekend in November (Fri & Sat).
              Hope to see ya there!!!


              1. re: WildSwede

                can a wildswede stand the idea of eating next to a crazy Norwegian? we have plenty of time to save the date in November. my poor husband will enjoy the meatballs :)

                1. re: iL Divo

                  Actually, I am 50% Norwegian and 50% Swedish! I am ALWAYS sitting next to a crazy Norwegian! LOL!! :-)

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    And after all these years, I thought I knew you :)

                    Mr Taster

              2. re: Mr Taster

                Oh How Funny Mr. Taster. Lutefisk.............oh I'm chuckling here.
                And Huell Howser to boot. Too funny. Nobody made lutefisk like my grandfather.
                Even us little ones loved it but smothered in lots of butter, no problem there, grams was famous for her home made butter, and lots of ketchup salt and pepper, it's really, well, maybe you had to grow up with it.

                Huell Howser...................hahahhaahh

              3. re: WildSwede

                Yes! We do need some Scandinavian restaurants here in the LA area - there used to be so many - the smorgasboards were a favorite gathering place for our family back in the day. Seal Beach had one - Huntington Beach had one, but the younger generations didn't want to keep them going!
                PS: the annual Scandinavian Festival (usually a weekend in mid-April) at Cal Lutheran is in Thousand Oaks, not Moorpark - although it is located on Olson Rd which is off Moorpark RD. We've been going to it for 30 years and they also offer a Viking dinner on the Sat night

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            1. How bout buying a bunch of meatballs from Ikea w/ some Lingonberry jam and doing it in the backyard?

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                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  No joke. Actually the Swedish K├Âttbullar (meatballs) from you local Ikea bear a strikingly good resemblance to the great stuff we enjoyed in Stockholm on our last visit.

              1. The list of Scandinavian restaurants that have come and gone in Los Angeles is long; I think we're going have to hope that Wild Swede weighs in here with some suggestions.

                1. I don't know of any LA restaurants that focus on Scandinavian food (AK on Abbot Kinney came close in a very contemporary way), but Olsen's Market would be the best place to go if you want to put some food together yourself or ask about possible catering at a venue of your choice:

                  Olson's Scandinavian Delicatessen

                  5660 W Pico Blvd
                  Los Angeles, CA 90019

                  (323) 938-0742

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                  1. re: LATrapp

                    Aren't there a couple of Scandanavian restaurants in Anaheim? (Though not exactly L.A.)

                    1. re: aurora50

                      There are two German restaurants and a Danish-sort-of Bakery.