Kalinka Russian-European Delicatessen
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Miami New Times's Description
This Russian and European deli and grocery store draws customers from several counties away, who come to buy the herring, halvah, kasha, caviar, candies, kefir, Georgian wines, bottles of bouncy Baltika beer, and all manner of marinated and pickled vegetables in glass jars -- including full garlic bulbs as well as whole tomatoes with the stems still attached. Folks also flock here for the home-cooked specialties, served at a smattering of tables in the front portion of the market (with some more seating outside). For a gratifying lunch (or, for that matter, dinner), try the chicken stroganoff with some steamed buckwheat groats (kasha) and one of the salads, perhaps the tart pink toss of diced beets, pickles, cabbage, potatoes, and lentils. Other appealing (and heartwarming) dishes include stuffed cabbage and stuffed peppers; a small, moist pork steak in brown sauce; and knockout chicken or fish croquettes, each the size of a really fat burger. Splendid, too, were the blintzes, the neatly pan-fried crêpes slenderly packaged around minced beef or sweet cottage cheese. Delightful dumplings known as pelmeni and vareniki, filled with sweet cheese, potato, or beef, are boiled to order, which means you'll have to wait awhile for them to cook. We recommend doing so, because the resultant dish is blissfully fresh and delicious. Pass the sour cream!
AWFUL, ABSOLUTELY AWFUL EXPERIENCE... I don't care where you come from, but treating others with respect is a must in business. Although that seems like a no-brainer, it apparently is not. While cultures differ, I believe it is safe to say that no one takes kindly to being laughed at, and believe it or not, that is exactly what happened to me--AS A PAYING CUSTOMER. Respect is... More >>
AWFUL, ABSOLUTELY AWFUL EXPERIENCE... I don't care where you come from, but treating others with respect is a must in business. Although that seems like a no-brainer, it apparently is not. While cultures differ, I believe it is safe to say that no one takes kindly to being laughed at, and believe it or not, that is exactly what happened to me--AS A PAYING CUSTOMER. Respect is such a very simple courtesy, but in business an absolute necessity, for which the short-haired bleech-blond with blue eyes that works there truly has some very important basics to learn. Her behavior was appalling and spread to other empoyees and customers. Unless Euro-Deli is in business only to serve the local Russian community and thereby restrict potential profits, the owners would be well-advised to provide the blond lady with stern correction. I stopped her before I left to see if she could explain herself, but again, she just did not care. That is a very contagious attitude to have in an employee and God-forbid if she is the manager or owner. Anyway, while I typically enjoy complimenting establishments on great service or products, I rarely (very rarely) waste my time in leaving a negative critique, but this certainly warrants such. I am so angry over this experience that I took the time to contact each of the nearby hotel concierges.
Tips from foursquare
Delicious bakery, and very friendly service. Try the honey cake.
Amazing staff, good prices, yummy food - this joint is 5 stars
The best Russian homemade food in Sunny Isles Beach!
Russian Fare Decent Stuffed Pepper and cabbage
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