Although some Chowhounds are not big fans of Little Bucharest (as shown in the October thread about the restaurant's upcoming closing), I feel compelled to write about my final meal at this restaurant. It will be closing its doors on December 28th...and won't be opening them again.
Except for the outside sign which mentioned the closing of this 34-year-old restaurant, there was little to call attention to its passing. Tuesday evening found about a third of the approx. 20 tables occupied and service, while slightly slow, was attentive.
The food itself was very enjoyable and didn't show any lessening of quality just because the restaurant was going into its final week.
The homemade bread (shaped more like oversized rolls) was great. Seconds were requested and we almost forgot to leave room for the meal to come.
Alice and I each had a bowl of soup. She ordered the soup de Jour which was Veal Meatball Soup...I had the Ox-Tail soup. Both has the same broth base with a dumpling and a small dice of carrots and celery. The only difference between the two was the oversized veal meatball in one and the equally large ox-tail in the other. Both were finished to the last drop.
Alice's Beef Goulash featured tasty and very tender beef in a natural juice which included tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Also present, to accompany the goulash, was a third of a potatoe, spaetzele (covered with a sauce we couldn't identify) and roasted onion &green pepper strips.
My Veal Paprikashi came in a cream sauce which included (as far as I can determine) red peppers, onions and mushrooms. The veal was fall-apart tender and I couldn't keep myself from sopping up the sauce with the remaining bread. The accompaniments were the same as those with the goulash, with the addition of a sour cream topped mamaliga.
If this had been our first meal here and the place still had a future, you would be hearing me say "I'd eat here again". I'm glad we had a last chance to eat at Little Bucharest. At least their other restaurant, the Continental Cafe on Elston Ave., is still open even though the menus are not identical.
Speaking of menus...
I don't post very often and sometimes wish I could give a little more back in return for all I've learned here. In lieu of a good dining writeup, I hope some of you will find the link (below) of interest. It's the interior of the menu for Christmas Dinner at Cincinnati's Gibson House on Dec 25, 1878. The .jpg is a little over 300k in size because the printing of the menu was pretty small. When you see the mind boggling array of edibles, you'll know why the menu had small print. Although you'll never see a spread of food like this at any place you go to eat, I hope your holiday meals are as pleasant (and filling) as the one eaten in Cincinnati 125 years ago.