Last night, a group of us dined at Goulash Place in Danbury, CT, a Hungarian restaurant known for no frills home cooking and Magda, the tart-tongued owner/server.
It helped that we all had a sense of humor because the meal lasted more than 3 hours and we received a healthy amount of reprimands from La Magda. My husband and I truly enjoyed meeting fellow Chowhounds and the following is a summary of dishes he and I sampled.
Chicken Noodle Soup was delicious with a fresh homemade style broth, chock full of chicken and pieces of carrot and celery. It went well with the house's delicious, soft bread. The salad bar had nothing but lettuce in it at the time my husband went up.
Beef goulash was a plentiful plate of tender, paprika spiced beef cubes in brown gravy, small tasty dumplings and non-descript carrots and string beans. I ordered a side of applesauce that was probably from Motts. Beef stroganoff tasted just like the goulash except it had a cream sauce on top.
Our table wanted crepes for dessert, but Magda said 'No' in her own special way (it was late, the cook would be upset, etc...) so we all had the Apple Strudel. It came piled with a dollop of ice cream and whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I did not care for it because it looked and tasted like mincemeat and had an off taste. Another hound mentioned that he thought the oil in the pastry was off and I think he was right. (He has a good palate!)
Beverages...Wine, Water, Coffee, Tea are all ok...if you get them. My husband never got the Iced Tea he ordered. Lemon arrived late for one hot tea, and my hot tea arrived at the tail end of dessert.
Starters, desserts & wine (by the glass) are around $3.00, Entress are $10.00 or under. You can do very nicely here for $20.00 per person plus tax and tip. make sure to bring cash though, no credit cards accepted.
For changing the number of people in our party, even though I called in advance to tell them ("The cook ordered breading for 10!!"); for trying to change an order of cucumber salad to cabbage ("What are you trying to order 2 salads? You'll get cucumber!!"); for ordering crepes for dessert ("The cook has been making them all day! Pfffff..."). And the table next to us received a heated one for trying to order something not on the menu. ("The cook will go crazy!")
Looking forward to future outings with this interesting fun group of Chowhounds and others who want to join in for another excursion in the Spring.