What better place to find authentic Ukrainian fare than the Ukrainian Village? While Cafe Zori offers plenty of typical cafe staples (coffee, tea, smoothies and sandwiches), it's the spot's European flair that makes it stand out. The menu features traditional Ukie dishes like pork and potatoes, chicken kiev, corned beef and even a European cheesecake, with all entrees averaging about $6.
Cafe Zori's decor is also very traditional (at least, compared to all the hipster-ish hangs in the 'hood). A visit here is an international trip that doesn't require a passport: the dim lighting coupled with the classic, vintage furniture give the place a Euro feel that's authentic, not cheesy.
There always seems to be the same woman, who is very polite, running the place. She'll likely insist you try the day's special, but not in a pushy salesperson sort of way, more in a, "Hey, you should eat something with that coffee, you'll be hungry" way.
The one thing that's not too traditional about Zori is its free wi-fi. The owners obviously understand that this is America and we need our Internet everywhere, you know, just because.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jamie Murnane