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Top places in San Francisco to get Russian food

Experience the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic season by exploring the essence of Russian culture and food right here in San Francisco. If you are unable to the attend the 26th Annual Russian-American Celebration of Food, Dance, Music and Art at the Russian Center of San Francisco from February 21 to 24, this wonderful city is home to some little gems inspired by the Russian-American tradition which can be enjoyed all year long.

AйDa Piroshki

This is a good place to consider if you are hosting an Olympic-themed party or need a hearty meal on a busy day. Located at 331 Cortland Ave in San Francisco, where business entrepreneurship and dreams come together, Chef Anna Tvelova bakes piroshki and borscht—with recipes handed down to her by her mother and grandmother. The piroshki baked here are cute empanada-like pockets charmingly shaped and curiously rounding a filling of vegetarian, meat, or fish ingredients. For dessert, try an apple and cinnamon piroshki with vanilla and brown sugar. AйDa Piroshki takes orders online and caters special events, but she requires notice at least 48 hours in advance.

Bistro Gambrinus

Named after of the legendary culture hero and beer icon, this traditional European Bistro offers an assortment of brew from around the globe. The Eastern European Menu offers Russian classics such as beef stroganoff, marinated herring, and red borscht. Located at the corner of Fulton and Masonic and only blocks from USF, the Olympic games can be enjoyed in the bar area from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday.

Katia's Tea Room

Located in inner Richmond, only two blocks from Golden Gate park, this congenial venue focuses on authentic Russian food. Start off with a zakuski, a term for “small bite” and indulge in some eggplant caviar made with onions, tomato, garlic, and dill. For those who enjoy leg of lamb, try the shashlik, a thin slice of tender meat marinated in garlic dressing. Tender, thinly sliced strips of leg of lamb are prepared and skewered in a skillet after being marinated in a dressing of garlic, onions, lemon juice, vinegar, and wine. The meringue pavlova, a whipped cream-filled boat topped with our fruir dessert, Kissel, is an indulgent yet memorable way to end your meal. Available for Orthodox and Western Easters, Pascha and Kulich - Russian baked goods are on sale this year March 31st to May 5th.

The Cinderella Bakery

Known as the oldest Russian bakery and cafe in the Bay Area, this artisan bakery offers fresh traditional goods every day. Marzipan bread, rum rolls, honey cakes, and napoleons are just some of the many items made at this bakery. Located across the greater Bay Area, the menu at the Cinderella Bakery includes appetizers, salads, soups, and entrées. If you are planning a party, or happen to be attending one and need to stop by and pick something up to go, this just may be the place for you.

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