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anyplace that is doing: Smörgåsbord

keith stone Nov 8, 2011 04:10 PM

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

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

  1. Gypsy Jan Nov 10, 2011 04:59 PM

    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: http://www.sacc-sandiego.org/

    The Vonsulate of Sweden San Diego: http://www.sweden-sandiego.org/

    The Swedish Center of San Diego on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Swedish...

    1. scottca075 Nov 8, 2011 05:34 PM

      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
        aurora50 Nov 8, 2011 05:52 PM

        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.

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        mikec Nov 8, 2011 05:21 PM

        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
          Fake Name Nov 8, 2011 07:21 PM

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

          And of course, Sir Georges.

          1. re: Fake Name
            scottca075 Nov 8, 2011 08:41 PM

            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
              mikec Nov 9, 2011 03:34 PM

              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
                DiningDiva Nov 9, 2011 04:08 PM

                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
                  mikec Nov 9, 2011 04:19 PM

                  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
                    littlestevie Nov 9, 2011 04:23 PM

                    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
                      mikec Nov 9, 2011 05:06 PM

                      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
                        scottca075 Nov 9, 2011 06:52 PM

                        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
                          aurora50 Nov 9, 2011 07:11 PM

                          "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
                            mikec Nov 10, 2011 03:55 PM

                            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
                        Beach Chick Nov 9, 2011 05:31 PM

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

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          Fake Name Nov 9, 2011 06:09 PM

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

                          1. re: Fake Name
                            Beach Chick Nov 10, 2011 06:14 AM

                            '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
                              littlestevie Nov 10, 2011 09:52 AM

                              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
                                Fake Name Nov 10, 2011 09:57 AM

                                " just think of the cafeteria scene in Animal House"

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

                                1. re: littlestevie
                                  cstr Nov 10, 2011 10:01 AM

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

                                  1. re: cstr
                                    Fake Name Nov 10, 2011 10:06 AM


                                    1. re: Fake Name
                                      cstr Nov 10, 2011 10:09 AM

                                      maybe, ouch!

                                      1. re: Fake Name
                                        Beach Chick Nov 10, 2011 11:24 AM

                                        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
                                          Fake Name Nov 10, 2011 11:30 AM

                                          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
                                            cstr Nov 10, 2011 11:40 AM

                                            going to have to card you away!

                                            1. re: Fake Name
                                              Beach Chick Nov 10, 2011 11:49 AM

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

                                              1. re: Fake Name
                                                cstr Nov 10, 2011 03:18 PM

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

                                                1. re: cstr
                                                  Fake Name Nov 10, 2011 04:01 PM

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

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                          zmirzlina Nov 8, 2011 04:22 PM

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


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