So whats good? I asked the middle-aged woman running the place (Sabina?).
Its all good, she replied.
Are there any specials, or what are you known for?
No special. All good.
And so it was this afternoon at Sabinas Eastern European Restaurant. There were two guys sitting out front smoking cigarettes as they ate. Otherwise just the lady and me.
The menu has pork chops, veal schnitzel, kabobs, grilled meats and European stuffed cabbage, which I ordered.
The lady disappeared into the back, and in about 3 minutes came out with 3 good-sized stuffed cabbages, some mashed potatoes and a huge basket of bread (huge at least for one person).
The cabbage rolls were really good. They were spiced nicely, the cabbage was wilted but not soggy, and the filling was meat and rice and Im sure other stuff I didnt recognize. The sauce was not spicy, but had a nice tang to it that kept the dish interesting and made for good dipping for the bread.
The bread was really tasty. It was a disc about 9 across, split into quarters. It was soft on the inside, but had a nice resistance when you bit into it. And it must have had beer or hops or something in it. The taste was really good.
The mashed potatoes were nothing to get excited about. Very smooth. Nothing special.
The stuffed cabbage was $5.75, and most dishes are in the $5-$10 range.
Overall, a good and filling meal. I didnt finish the potatoes nor the bread, but left sated.
Sabinas European Restaurant
1253 Vine Street (at Fountain)