We’ll be ze first to admit zat saying ze name of Ze Mean Bean Café can feel a bit…how you say…“silly.” But, nonezeless (okay, okay, we’ll stop) if you can get past that and see your way to the restaurant’s perfectly warming Eastern European specialties, you’ll be glad you did. After all, Slavic folks know a thing or two about using hot, hearty, seasonal food to get one through a cold winter. The restaurant’s uber-authentic award-winning borscht and handmade pierogis put traditional wintry staples to delicious use. And every Thusday night, they’re on special at Ze Mean Bean.
Slavic Thursdays mean you can count on dishes brimming with cabbage, beets, potatoes, and local farmer’s cheese—all the things that would have sustained Fievel Mousekewitz’s family during the winters before they emigrated. Besides the regular menu, Thursdays offer Slavic specials as well—recipes you’re unlikely to find elsewhere unless your Polish grandmother still does your cooking (in which case, can we come over some time?). And since it’s Ze Mean Bean, there’ll of course be Slavic beer flowing as well, and lively music to round out that Old Country feel.
Ze Mean Bean Café is located at 1739 Fleet Street in Baltimore. Visit www.zemeanbean.com for more information.