Lithuanian Food anywhere in LA?
Your prayers can be answered at St. Casimir's Catholic Church (at 2718 St George St, Los Angeles 90027). This is probably the only place in LA besides the Lithuanian-owned Cafe Montana (but only have koldunai on their menu) that you can find exactly what you are looking for.
That is the local Lithuanian community center. On Saturdays there is a Lithuanian school that has been running for over 50 years and at around noon they usually sell some type of homemade Lithuanian food to the students, parents and whoever else is hungry, in the downstairs part of the parish hall. For $5 or less you get a nice plate of some great food.
On Sundays after the 10:30am mass (which is in the Lithuanian language) they also serve homemade Lithuanian specialties, usually cepelinai or koldunai or desras/kopustai and kugelis. The menu varies from week to week and they serve whatever it is they make without special requests, but it is as authentic as you can get. Again, $5 a plate and the proceeds all go to the Lithuanian community charities. Food usually sells out though and it is one of those places where you really feel the ethnicity, but do try it sometime. You can make some nice new friends too.
Also, as WildSwede mentioned, there is the annual Lithuanian Festival (also at St. Casimir's) on the first weekend of October. This year it will be Oct. 7th and 8th and is a full blown event with traditional food, drinks (even special beer and liquers) and entertainment. Last year Mayor Villaraigosa attended as have many other past mayors.
re: Local Lithuanian
..." it is one of those places where you really feel the ethnicity, but do try it sometime. You can make some nice new friends too..."
Next time you go, what don't you bring some ethnic heads together, commit yourselfs into taking decisive action, and open the first L.A. Lithuanian Restaurant!
The Bulgarians just did it, why not you?
Your best bet is to go at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, after church service gets out, to the small kitchen at:
2718 St. George St. - Across the st. (?) from Marshall High
Los Angeles - Los Feliz area
There you can have some Lithuanian food and can strike up a conversation with those you meet and pick their brains. Good luck.
Cafe Montana in Santa Monica is owned by Lithuanians but they only have 1 menu item: Lithuanian Dumplings.
Beer and Bread: J & T European Gourmet; S.M. (310) 394-7227
Beer & Ice Cream: Ukranian Deli; S.M. (310) 393-2399
A Vilnius Mexican restaurant had the following review:
Rumoured to have altered their kitchen to become nearer to actual Mexican food, we were unfazed to discover that they are still rambling around the delicate challenge of taco making. If you like your tacos served in a soup bowl without a shell in sight, by all means go to Meksika. Need we say more?
PLACIAUSIAS LIETUVISKU MAISTO PRODUKTU ASORTIMENTAS - DUONA, KONDITERIJOS GAMINIAI, MILTAI, SURIAI, SURELIAI, LEDAI, SALDAINIAI, PRIESKONIAI, ARBATOS, UOGIENES, SRIUBOS, ZUVIES IR MESOS GAMINIAI, KOLDUNAI, ZURNALAI IR T.T.
(Biggest Variety of Lithuanian Food Products - Bread and baked products, flour, grain, ice cream, cheese, dairy products, chocolate, sweets, tea, jams, canned soups, spices, beverages, herring and meat products, dumplings, magazines, etc).
KUR ( Where )
Euro Deli-Mart LITUANICA, 2838 Santa Monica Blvd, SANTA MONICA, CA 90404.
DARBO VALANDOS ( Business hours ) PIRMAD-SESTAD. ( Mon-Sat ) 9AM-9PM, SEKMAD. ( Sun ) 9AM-5PM
DAUGIAU INFO IR REZERVACIJOS ( More info ) - (310)4530401, (323)7701842.
GLENDALE - Continental Sausage, 6406 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91201.
DARBO VALANDOS ( Business hours ) ANTRAD-SESTAD. ( Tue-Sat ) 9AM-5PM.
SAN DIEGO - Carlsbad Ranch Market, 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92009