Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SERBIAN

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Ilija's Place
3701 E. Squire Ave., Cudahy

Ilija's is a Serbian restaurant that exudes authenticity and charm, from the rugs on the wall to the freshly ground spices used on the meats to the homemade spreads for the bread. Expect to find friendly service at Ilija's at lunch and dinner. (D.L.) $$. CC. FB, RS, OD. 727-5885

Moct
240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.

Moct means bridge in Serbian. The setting is industrial with garage doors that open in summer, exposed brick and concrete floors. The stainless steel bar is contemporary and cool. The menu has a small plates theme with many Serbian items, including a splendid burek, but you'll also find mussels in Thai curry, fish tacos and shrimp mofongo. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB. Handicap access. 273-6628.


Old Town Serbian Gourmet House

522 W. Lincoln Ave.

Old Town's specialties include burek, a huge phyllo dough pastry with different fillings. Also good is the sarma, stuffed cabbage filled with rice and smoked pork. The chicken soup is always excellent and the roasted red pepper salad should not be missed. Lunches are a great find for the budget-minded. (J.B.) $$-$$$. CC. FB. FF. RS. 672-0206

Restaurant Balkan's
7640 W. Forest Home Ave.

The homey setting offers heaping plates of hearty Serbian fare at modest prices. Start with a loaf of freshly baked bread and enjoy specialties like cevaps, sarma, stuffed cabbage or one of the rolled schnitzels. Saturdays have specials of roast pork and lamb. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. Handicap access. 541-8280

Three Brothers
2414 S. St. Clair St.

This former Schlitz corner tavern, a Bay View landmark, deserves a visit. Tables are crowded and the kitchen is slow, but the Serbian food is mostly worth the wait. Bureks are huge and sarma (stuffed cabbage) always pleases. (J.B.) $$-$$$. Cash Only. FB. Handicap access. 481-7530
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