Looked forward to trying the Bulgarian Danube restaurant on Westwood Blvd - printed out the recs that JBC had made (very useful) - made the reserve for 7.45pm and showed up on time to a restaurant about 3/4 full. Brought a decent bottle of wine which the waitperson promptly corked (we were not charged corkage); appetizers came slowly (hummus and chushka burek - pepper breaded and filled with Bulgarian feta, egg and herbs) but the main course did not arrive until 9.25pm only after Mme Zoe had made two trips to the kitchen and pointed out that the table next to us who had arrived only 15 minutes before were already being served main courses.
I had the tripe soup with vinegar/garlic sauce and red pepper flakes - very very good; we shared a pork tenderloin roll, rice and salad as did our friends. It was tasty but not enough to return (the tripe soup would draw me back).
The mood - well lit, comfy chairs but very very spotty service, disorganized and too much walking around; the food, tripe "si"; pork dish, so-so.
Valet parking is $2.50 and a must in this neighborhood.
I wanted to like this place a lot ever since I wended down the Danube I have this soft spot for things Balkan - hope they shape up a bit. Thanks to JBC we avoided the french fries and the kabobs.
Bulgarian Danube Restaurant
Westwood Blvd at Rochester
Open daily for lunch and dinner