Mama Papa Lithuania might be the quaintest, most charming little restaurant in an island city whose identity — gastronomically speaking — is defined by quaint, charming little restaurants. The restaurant, which purports to be the only Lithuanian eatery on the West Coast, is also the only place in the Bay Area where you can eat Lithuanian-style potato dumplings, drink Svyturys lager, and end your meal with a layered honey cake known as medutis. If the most common reaction to the food is that it tastes like someone’s mom’s home cooking, that’s because it is — literally: Owner Vaidas Sukys’ mother, Damute Sukiene, is the chef. Signature dishes include the aforementioned dumplings (thick, sticky potato-dough wrappers filled with seasoned pork); excellent stuffed cabbage rolls (available as a semi-regular special); and the delicate, seven-layer medutis, which is infused with the smoky sweetness of roasted honey.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Tags: Eastern European
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard Reservations only for parties of six or more (must be made one day in advance). Free wifi.