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Nov 8, 2011 04:10 PM

anyplace that is doing: Smörgåsbord

I'm going to date myself but i miss Gustav Anders!

Is there anyplace here or within a drive that does a traditional Smörgåsbord ?

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  1. Oddly, your best bet might be IKEA that will serve a Xmas Julboard on December 9.

    1. As far as I know, there hasn't been a true smorgasbord restaurant in San Diego since the early/mid 80's.

      I'd try the Swedish/Norwegian/Danish houses in Balboa Park to see if any of them put on a smorgasbord or maybe they know of a church or association that puts one on.

      IKEA's food is normally pretty dreadful, so I wouldn't have high hopes for that.

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      1. re: mikec

        Ah, yes- Bit of Sweden on El Cajon Blvd.

        And of course, Sir Georges.

        1. re: Fake Name

          OMG yes! Bit of Sweden and Sir George's.

          And yes Solvang still has Bit O' Denmark and the Red Viking that have smörgåsbord, but it is nothing like the meal that Chef Anders used to put out at Gustaf Anders.

          Gustaf and Anders are happily retired back in Sweden.

          1. re: Fake Name

            I wasn't thinking of Sir George's (never went, but I suspect it wasn't a true smorgasbord, just a buffet). I was thinking of the place on El Cajon Blvd near College, it had Swedish or Sweden in its name. Closed in the late 70's.

            1. re: mikec

              Bit of Sweden. If you grew up in SD you went at least once.

              Sir George's??? You don't even want to know...

              1. re: DiningDiva

                I thought Bit of Sweden was the one on El Cajon Blvd near 30th (Kitty corner from Burger King now). There was another place on ECB near College in the mid-70's. Were they both Bit of Sweden? I'm pretty sure they were both going at the same time.

                And trust me, I suffered through my fair share of bad "smorgasbord" restaurants in the 60's, just not Sir George's...

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  My GM who was Swedish, thought Bit o' Sweden was really authentic. As long as they had pickled herring and cucumber salad she was happy. Even as a 10 y.o. I had my doubts they do fried chicken in Sweden?, I knew my GM spent more time in China (her parents were missionaries) than she ever did in Sweden.

                  1. re: littlestevie

                    I grew up attending Danish and Swedish Lutheran Church smorgasbord events. I thought BoS was a decent rendition of those. With some extras, like the fried chicken.

                    1. re: mikec

                      In the beginning Bit o' Sweden, Villa Sweden and a lot of those places were pretty good and authentic, but they slid downhill.

                      I don't recall Sir George's ever being good.

                      1. re: mikec

                        "I grew up attending Danish and Swedish Lutheran Church smorgasbord events."
                        Any of those around San Diego, Orange County, or the greater Los Angeles area? How would one find out about them, and which are the best? And could anyone attend?

                        1. re: aurora50

                          Sorry, Fresno area (Selma-Carruthers-Kingsburg-Easton). And it's been so many years ago, I don't know that even if they're still putting them on, they'd be worth going to, much less a special trip.

                    2. re: DiningDiva

                      Sir George's...blast from the past...mere enfant for Fakey!

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        I never actually witnessed Sir George's, but I've heard older folks tell about it.

                        1. re: Fake Name

                          'but I've heard older folks tell about it.'
                          You've been hitting them out of the park Fakey...hee hee

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            I think FN is trying to tell us that he isn't a AARP member yet. I thought Sir George's was more just a buffet than anything Scandinavian in origin. It really wasn't very good but we went there a lot. For those that are to young to remember or claim that they are too young, just think of the cafeteria scene in Animal House and you will get a very good idea of Sir George's. Probably the best of those buffet type places was the old Clifton's Cafeteria up in downtown LA. I know it is still there but haven't been there since the early '70's. They probably still have some of the same staff from then.

                            1. re: littlestevie

                              " just think of the cafeteria scene in Animal House"

                              I think I saw that on AMC recently....

                              1. re: littlestevie

                                judging from his mug next to his CH name, he's clearly eligible for AARP mailings!

                                    1. re: Fake Name

                                      I recall when we met for lunch with foodiechicka, they carded me for the beer and couldn't believe it and had to show all the other servers and patrons and they put my ID in a black light machine to make sure it wasn't fake...
                                      Foodiechicka got carded too...seems like the only Fakey that didn't get carded was...
                                      ; )

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        Anybody for pinochle?

                                        I have two decks of carts.

                                        Good to meet you, here is my business cart.

                                        S/he is a cart-carrying liberal/conservative.

                                        : )

                                        1. re: Fake Name

                                          going to have to card you away!

                                          1. re: Fake Name

                                            Good eye Fakey...fixed all my 'cart' mistakes...damn you old (young) man...hee hee

                                            1. re: Fake Name

                                              Dang Fake Name, I was at the Costco Business Center today and guess what drew me in like a magnet...SS!

                                              1. re: cstr

                                                The siren's song is easily heard from the Costco center parking lot.
                                                Sound like.....angels.

                      2. You only date yourself in San Diego, Gustaf Anders in Orange County hasn't been closed THAT long, but long enough. It was my favorite restaurant in Orange county, especially at Christmas & Easter for the smörgåsbord. It was a real smörgåsbord, not that hideous imitation of Swedish food that was popular in the 50's and 60's like the old Villa Sweden.


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                        1. re: scottca075

                          I miss Gustav Anders, also!!
                          About the only places that I know of, are a couple of restaurants up in Solvang, which is a LONG drive for you!
                          I'm sure someone else knows of something much closer.

                        2. To add to the chorus, I also miss the Gustaf Anders restaurant. The caviar with blini, the gravlax...

                          Here are some links that might help your search:

                          The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce San Diego:

                          The Vonsulate of Sweden San Diego:

                          The Swedish Center of San Diego on Facebook: