The Saturday movie and balkan meal have come and gone. Movie was good, IMO, a little long on the melodrama, perhaps, but engaging and chock full of Chicago flavor. The opening night crowd and all the cast and director gave it some buzz, which was fun. Lana's Rain, it is called.
Afterwards, we repaired to Skadarlija for food and entertainment. Their web site is linked below, which you may want to visit just for the pictures (no, we did not see the tiger during the floor show). We did see all the other people, including the owner Zvonko, who is the white haired fellow at the keyboard.
I believe I tasted almost everything on the menu. The food was of top quality, IMO. Hearty, Serbian fare (2 or 3 notches above Simplon at a very similar price). High points for me were:
Cevapcici - (long, thin smoked sausages) tangy and nicely grilled and browned.
Pariska Snicla - a breaded veal cutlet (wiener schnitzel) done quite well, and a slice of heaven with a squeeze of lemon (hmm, there could be a haiku in there).
Raznjici - pork shish kebob. Actually I did not try this, but my Bride said it was excellent and since it disappeared before I got any, it clearly was a hit.
Palacinke - rolled crepes which we ordered with 3 fillings, nuts, rose hips and apricots. Nuts and apricot preserves were very good; rose hips a little sweet and blah for me. These also disappeared quickly.
Entertainment was a hoot - old school Serbian. And the atmosphere is from a different world. From the outside the place looked abandoned. Total meal including a fair amount of alcohol and lots of leftovers was about $40 pp. Try the Gypsy Plate for a two person meat orgy. If I were still dating this place would be on my list to show I am a quirky and amusing guy, okay, quirky at least - no LP Trixies here. I think the action starts around 9.
4024 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 463 - 5600