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Bobak's in Naperville

MLS | Aug 11, 2004 03:24 PM

The new Bobak's on 75th Street 2.5 miles east of Rt. 59 occupies a former Eagle store. Consequently it is multiples larger than the other two stores. Same great Eastern European stuff, just multiples of it.
The deli is as magnificent as ever, but does not have the hundreds of pounds of sausages hanging from the ceiling. The deli workers seem to be more bilingual than in Chicago and Burr Ridge where English is often not understood. That seems to be the case throughout the store. The butcher section looks the same with extra space for their rotisserie chickens, a frequent sale item at $2.99 each, sometimes $1.99.
The added size allows for lots of new, larger sections including a seafood section that included shark and shucked oysters, but no clams or mussels. Opposite the seafood they had some prepared foods among which was a terrific seafood salad, actually just seafood with a slight oil dressing.
Produce section is also much larger than at the other stores with some special items in large supply, like fresh horseradish and dill.
The liquor section is interesting for the large selection of Polish and other Eastern European beers and vodka. Buffalo grass, honey, and pepper are some of the vodka flavors available with Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine as some of the countries represented. I found the one vodka in a cammo AK47 bottle to be a little disturbing though.
The restaurant is also larger and although we didn't eat there Sunday (we had eaten in Burr Ridge the previous Monday and I needed to rest my LDL), I did check out the buffet. Most of the trays are exactly the same, a couple extra maybe because it was Sunday, but they have, of all things, a pasta bar for whipping up fresh combinations-just what Bobak's needs--more carbs! On the carving station they had prime rib, maybe another Sunday special, that did not look too great, and some sort of ham. What did look outstanding was the vat of iced shrimp that were enormous.
There was an air of festivity Sunday with samples being passed around the store; folk dancing and music in the restaurant.
Bobak's is a great addition to the western suburbs.

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