Goulash Place is an authentic Hungarian restaurant located in Danbury, Connecticut. Since opening in 1977, this old-fashioned eatery has been serving up Eastern European fare. And while other Hungarian restaurants in the area have come and gone, Goulash place has survived the test of time, and is still bringing in customers.
Owner and Chef John Aczel is the man behind these made-from-scratch specialties, which are both hearty and filling. The menu, which hasn’t changed since 1977, is simple yet perfected. Highlights include the classics of Hungarian cooking: Cucumber Salad, Chicken Paprikash, Stuffed Cabbage, and of course Goulash.
Hungarian cucumber salad with paprika and a dollop of sour cream
Goulash can best be described as stew. Its main ingredients include: meat, noodles and vegetables (usually potatoes). At Goulash Place, you can choose from the traditional Hungarian Goulash, or sink your teeth into Transylvanian Goulash (pardon the Dracula reference).
As you can see, this goulash didn’t come in a bowl, but rather on a plate. The meat (beef in this case, pork if you order the Transylvanian) is tender and satisfying. The mashed potatoes had just the right amount of chunk and tasted great with the gravy from the goulash floating to the side. The carrots were nicely buttered, and the green beans were crunchy. It’s everything you could want from a dish, and then some.
I was pretty full after having just gone through a cucumber salad and my main plate, but I was willing to sacrifice my stomach in the name of Food Dudes and order dessert. It was time to have a couple of my favorite sweets, palacsinta.
Mouth-watering Palacsinta, one apricot and one chopped walnut
Palacsinta is the Hungarian word for crepe, and the thin pancakes are comparable to the French variety. They can be rolled with a number of fillings, including the traditional apricot jam and chopped walnut. And if you happen to have a real sweet tooth, you can get it with chocolate sauce inside.
The crepes are drizzled with chocolate sauce, sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, and come with a couple dollops of real whipped cream. There isn’t any Reddi-Wip or Cool Whip used here. They were both delicious, and there was no shortage of filling. Needless to say, they were consumed pretty quickly.
The only gripe I can possibly have is when the check came. It wasn’t the prices, which were very affordable (appetizers were $3.75, entrees were $11.75, desserts were $2.50 each). It’s the way the check is presented, which is a ticker tape in no particular order. Remembering what you had is key if you’re part of a larger group.
Goulash Place is the spot to go to if you want a restaurant with a home-cooked feel and Old-World charm. You’ll feel like you’re eating at your grandparent’s house, and the surroundings remind you of a Eastern European pub. It’s located in a residential neighborhood, so it can be a challenge to find. But once you’ve gotten there, you’ll feel like you’re at home.
42 Highland Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 744 – 1971