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Old 12-08-2010, 05:22 PM
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Having known for some time now that the owners are Bulgarian I knew we would have to make a trip over there soon. My wife is from Bulgaria and we have long sought out her cuisine here. There is an online store called Malincho that we buy from alot out of Egg Harbor, N.J. but nothing in the Valley until now.

We were a little disappointed at first to see mostly Greek cuisine on the menu but we do understand they are trying to be familiar to American tastes. They do offer traditional Banitsa which is a Fillo Pastry filled with Bulgarian Sheep's Cheese and a Bulgarian style Pizza called Princesa. We decided to try both and they were delicious. The Banitsa tasted just like we bought it from a street corner in Sofia. We liked the Princesa the most and I would suggest it as a first try for most Americans, just make sure to ask for the "Sharena Sol" to sprinkle on it as this makes the dish.

We plan to visit on Saturday mornings for one of each and a double shot of Cafe. My wife commented after we left that it was the most Bulgarians we have seen since living here. A father and son running the place and a married couple who stopped by around the time we were there. I was the only one not speaking Bulgarian and all we needed was some Chalga and Folklore to make the moment complete. Maybe I'll bring my mp3 player loaded with some the next time we go there.

If you like meat Gyros they had the authentic set up for the meat as well. The owners plan to roll out more Bulgarian food as they become more known. Something to look forward to

Check it out for a change of pace.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:47 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Thanks for the report. I don't think that there's an overabundance of Greek food in the area, so that shouldn't hurt, but I'm so glad to hear that they serve authentic Bulgarian cuisine. I'm not familiar with it and look forward to trying it. The Banitsa sounds particularly delectable.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:32 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I can't wait to try this place out the next time I find myself back in Luzerne County. Thanks for the review!
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:22 PM
Location: Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area
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Banitsa: I'm not much on sweets, but may try this, since I love the pastries in Eastern Europe with cheese: savory. I think I understand the "Sarena Sol"... a type of colorful salt? There are a few standard/some authentic Greek versions of the gyros in the area I also enjoy, w/ the Greek tzatziki sauce. Euro Bistro has chicken only for now. I might try it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:16 PM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Thanks for the review Chefkey! I have been very busy with the business of getting settled - moving in, while decorating, while Christmas shopping and sending out cards - all the while without the internet!
But I will try to make time for Euro Bistro!
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