Ahh, the Winter Olympics. It's been so long since we last gazed at the powdery, white slopes of Vancouver and admired the sparkly sheen of the figure skaters' costumes as they twirled about on the ice. At last, the chilly competitions have returned, and although Sochi has greeted them with a few hiccups, we want to give the games a proper welcome – the Russian way. Although it may seem that Russian fixins are hard to come by in these parts, we've gathered up some of our favorite spots to snag some Eastern European fare.
Tucked between Baker and Courtland Streets, on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta
this Atlanta staple has been serving up Russian fare for over thirty-five years. Fortunately for us, they reopened after renovations just in time for the winter games. The entire menu is brimming with authentic russian gems like red beet and beef borscht consommé and their signature Nikolai's Roof Piroshkies. But the real treat? Their wide variety of house-flavored vodkas. Yessir, we'll be doing the Prisiadka in no-time.
This Brooklyn-based mother-daughter duo has been delighting us with their eastern-European wares for some time now. These two have been taking nods from the traditional folk art of their Mother countries (Ukraine and Russia, respectively) and adding a bit of contemporary flare. The result? Adorable tees and tanks that we just can't get enough of. Perhaps they said it best, "Since the overarching theme of our designs is Russian and Ukrainian culture, sightseeing in Ukraine, reminiscing about Soviet cartoons or sitting down for a traditional Russian meal never fail to spark our imagination. Also, vodka."
The European Deli has been a go-to spot for Atlanta's European immigrant community for as long as we can remember. They've got a little bit of everything – a full espresso bar, a deli with 94 (!) different types of meat, a market with European specialty foods and a take-out restaurant serving made-from-scratch Eastern European dishes. We're partial to their homemade sauerkraut, vegetable satée and stroganoff, personally. Oh, and don't forget a slice of the goodness that is their Napolean cake – always baked to flakey, sweet perfection. (Just be sure to say pozhaluysta.)
Now, we all know that if you head to our beloved delicatessen a few nights a week you'll find some delicious eats of a different sort, but you can head in there just about any ol' time and get some real Russian-infused classics. Our go-to? Warm Chocolate Babka. Nothing quite satisfies our sweet-tooths like this spongy, delicious cake. It's exactly the kind of thing we like to cozy up with while we watch the speed-skaters dart around on the rink, or while the curlers sweep their way slowly across the ice (or, you know, just any time, really).