I will be the first to admit I do not know much about Swedish culture or cuisine (other than indulging in the occasional Swedish meatball or Swedish fish ) but I am finding it increasingly interesting. I recently had a most delicious experience at Svea Restaurant in Andersonville, Chicago.
I loved the atmosphere of the place. But be prepared to stand in line or wait outside — Svea has a lot of fans and seems to get a little crowded. Credit cards are not accepted.
What about the food?
Service was prompt and the waitstaff very friendly and always checking up to see if coffee needed re-filling. I ordered an open-faced smoked salmon sandwich on Limpa bread. I am a huge fan of salmon and I’d never had Limpa bread before so I thought I’d give it a try. Limpa is a traditional Swedish rye bread and I have to say, it was wonderful, hearty and thick — very delicious topped with some sort of buttery spread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions pickles, and scrumptious smoky salmon.
My boyfriend ordered a full Swedish breakfast, which consisted of seasoned potatoes, traditional sausage, eggs and a large plate of Swedish pancakes.
I am not a fan of pork and very rarely eat it, but I did enjoy sampling a few of the items on his plate, especially the Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam.
I would highly recommend this charming little restaurant to anyone. If you are interested in more reviews, check out what people are saying on Yelp.