Goulash Place

Hungarian
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A hard-to-find restaurant in a mostly residential neighborhood, the Goulash Place is a treasure-trove of Eastern European gastronomy not far from Interstate 84. During the several decades we have loved it, some things have changed — most notable is the absence of hostess Magda Aczel, who was in turn charming and entertaining or wickedly blunt, but who always was a force of nature. Magdi passed away a few years ago. Another change is the prices. Since we first wrote about it in the early 1980s, the cost of a full, hearty dinner at the Goulash Place has risen from about $5 to $10.

Made-from-scratch specialties include three kinds of goulash, including our personal favorite — Transylvanian, which is velvety hunks of pork adrift in sauerkraut. Other favorites include chicken paprikash, roast pork, and stuffed cabbage. It is a dilemma choosing side dishes, for Mr. Aczel’s mashed potatoes are chunky, soulful spuds served with a bit of gravy from whatever they accompany; on the other hand, there are always nockerli, which are little hand-fashioned dumpling squiggles in a butter sauce that go so well with paprikash. With any meal, it is essential to fork into a bowl of traditional Hungarian cucumber salad – a refreshingly pickly tastebud-refresher.

Start with a bowl of wondrously aromatic chicken soup and finish with palascinke — tender crepes wrapped around apricot and chopped-nut filling. From soup to nuts, this superb food is presented with Old-World charm so genuine that sometimes you feel that you are dining not in a restaurant, but at the home of a favorite relative.

What to Eat
Goulash Place, Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
Must-Try
At first poke, chicken paprikash slides off its bones. This is the smaller, lunch-size portion.
Goulash Place, Transylvanian Goulash
Transylvanian Goulash
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Transylvanian goulash is pork-perfect, slightly sweet, slightly sour, gigantically satisfying.
Goulash Place, Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Must-Try
No grandmother on earth makes chicken soup more comforting than this.
Goulash Place, Sampler Plate
Sampler Plate
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The Goulash Place Sampler Plate is a good option for people who can't decide whether they want pork, veal, or chicken. That red cabbage in the center is especially yummy.
Goulash Place, Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener Schnitzel
Must-Try
Jane, who considers herself a connoisseur of wiener schnitzel, was singing hosannas to these crisp-crusted cutlets.
Goulash Place, Stuffed Cabbage
Stuffed Cabbage
Must-Try
This is an appetizer-size portion of stuffed cabbage: delicious comfort food.
Goulash Place, Palacinki
Palacinki
Must-Try
After a hearty meal at the Goulash place, splitting a palacinke (stuffed crepe) three ways makes dessert sense.
Hungarian Goulash
Directions and Hours
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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