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“All the appeal of a morgue!”
Review of Del's Bistro - CLOSED

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Del's Bistro
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were enticed here thru a posting in Grand Forks Restaurant listings ... talking about Borscht. I'd not had any authentic Douhkobor Borscht so thought we'd give it a go.
Upon walking in we almost thought we'd gone in the wrong door - it didn't really look like a restaurant but it did have some tables with a couple of people sitting in it so we went in. You're firstly confronted with a very large (the whole length of the restaurant) open air cooler with a few pieces of pie and pastry in it. There are some bizarre paintings of perhaps Hawaii and other unrelated things her and there on the walls. The walls, floor, tables and chairs were all a sort of grey-ish colour. There were some badly printed signs on the walls with food selections on them and a woman standing in the corner with arms folded. We ordered the borscht and asked for water - we were handed styrofoam cups and directed to a cooler in the corner. We sat and felt quite uncomfortable as the other people were strangely silent. Quite some time later we were served the soup, with a hunk of bread. We were asked if we wanted butter - we accepted - and were handed a bowl just out of the big cooler with little slabs of foiled butter. Of course the butter was rock solid and simply tore up the bread as you tried to spread it.
The borscht? Well, it's certainly different from anything I'd tasted. It wasn't bad ... but we sure had big gas the rest of the day!
If you want a cute, cozy place to have a nice lunch - this isn't it. If you want authentic Doukhobor borscht ... I can't comment but ... be warned ... if you don't know ... there's no beets in this borscht! I feel bad giving bad reviews but this place seriously needs work.

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Thank Linda H
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