I had just read a post (in a thread below on Lithuanian food) that the Catholic church St. Casimir's serves lunch on Sundays. Well, the church in Silverlake, across the street from Marshall High, is in my neighborhood, and it's a Sunday. So I went to check it out.
I wandered around a bit in front of the church, fielding directions from a couple of different people, before I found my way to the community room where peopl were gathered. There was a spread on the table, and I was a little startled to hear that it was free. Later I found out that a church member had brought it in for her husband's birthday.
It wasn't till after eating that, though, that I discovered the "cafeteria", where they were serving up kugel and sausage and some kind of cake (looked like bread pudding). I was pretty full, so I could only look. It looked pretty tasty, if basic. Apparently a plate of food is $5.
The people were incredibly friendly and I ended up being taken under this one guy's wing and introduced to all his friends. I dutifully inquired about Lithuanian restaurants, but no one had any info other than Cafe Montana, mentioned in the previous thread (and whose sole Lithuanian dish is apparently dumplings). I also learned that Red Lion, the German pub on Glendale in Silverlake has been owned for about a year by a Lithuanian, but no one was sure whether any distinctively Lithuanian dishes had been added to the menu. Guess that's an outing for another day.
I also got an interesting tip that there's a guy who sells (Lithuanian?) smoked hams out of his truck on Sundays, roughly before and after the church service. He parks a gray van in the corner of the lot behind the building that houses the kitchen (which is actually next door to the church itself).
Sunday service starts at 10:30 and I think gets out around 11:30, when they start serving food. They closed up shop just before 1 pm.
It's easiest to find the community room from the rear parking lot; I'd advise entering on Evans Street. If you're turning off St. George's, it's just on the left. Then you'll probably see people trekking in and out of the room, which is just a few steps below street level.
2718 St. George St.
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