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Nov 24, 2013 08:45 AM

Hungarian Rhapsody @ DTW/Southgate

Been wanting to dine here for years ... but just never got around to making the 45 minute trip. They had a $20-for-$40 deal on LivingSocial. Only seven more weeks before it expires. My bride agreed to experiment for the Nth anniv of her 16th birthday (dinner).

Arrived at 6:30 and were seated promptly. Water and thick cut white bread slices arrived instantly. Noisy, but in a good "family" kind of way, not a TGI-Friday's kind of noisy.

This is comfort food, not a fine dining experience. Hot things hot. Cold things cold. The type of operation that puts glass on top of their table linens. Service staff was hustling. Service was mostly fast and quick; except for the wine refill. It arrived just as we were finishing our meal. Waiter knew it was tardy. Kept apologizing throughout the meal. Dunno what happened.

Red-base, bean soup w/carrots, potatoes, onion and coarse cubed ham: Excellent.

Yawn reviews recommended spending the extra $2 for the cucumber salad. Not what I expected. Small bits of cucumber drowning in a white (dill-ish) sauce. Not bad. Not good. Somebody's comfort food, but I would not order again. Their tossed green salad looked quite good.

Smothered chicken. Good, maybe Good+

Breaded pork chop; thin cut. Good+

Stuffed cabbage. Very good.

Veggies: Poor. Green beans and cauliflower boiled to within an inch of their useful lives, just the way Mom made them ... and taught me to hate veggies. But I am now a fully reformed hater of veggies; steamed or grilled, please.

Mashed potatoes. Unremarkable. We could not decide if it was boxed or mashed. Really. Perhaps a mix of both? But, why bother?

Portion size: A meal for two.

Will I return? Perhaps; but only if I am already in the area and want soup & salad and a bit of protein. Not worth a 45 minute drive each way.

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  1. Hey, I went for my birthday this year too, also with a LS coupon, and I've been a few other times over the years with a Hungarian-food-loving friend. I don't know that I'd go on my own.

    It is comfort food, no doubt about it. I take that to the max by having thousand island dressing on my salad. The chicken paprikas is very good, but the thing to go here for is the kremes, which is a (not so) little piece of heaven on earth.

    5 Replies
    1. re: missmind

      > the thing to go here for is the kremes, which is a (not so) little piece of heaven on earth.

      Don't tease us ... tell us more!

      1. re: rainsux

        Kremes is a vanilla custard pastry, lightened with whipped cream, not too sweet, with a crust that somehow remains crisp. Their version is real dairy--no greasy vegetable shortening taste/mouthfeel which is, sadly, usually present in inferior examples (read: most).

        If you like vanilla and dairy products, it's just an airy cloud of loveliness. :)

          1. re: missmind


            What else you got, that you have not yet shared?

            1. re: rainsux

              I've eaten at HR 5-6 times over the past...20(?) years. It has been very consistent, and they don't seem to cut corners. I always get the combination plate (cabbage roll, sausage, pork chop, chicken paprikas) so I can have a little bit of everything and take the rest home for two or three more meals.

              Other than this, I'll have to think about it. I cook a lot and don't eat at restaurants much anymore, unless it's huge-undertaking ethnic (like pho) or deep-fried.

      2. Traditional combo plate has Chicken Paprikash,Stuffed Cabbage and WOW that Breaded Pork Chop, I'll tell you to get this combo on your first visit that shows the Love put into cooking this family provides to all. The highlight of the night was a child time favorite of mine called Palacsinta one with cheese and one with Apricot these unique crepe is a must try on your visit. So many other dishes to try will make us regular customers of the Hungarian Rhapsody, check out there website and Facebook page for specials. ENJOY

        see my blog about this place ENJOY