Some friends introduced us to Keule Ruke, somewhere we probably would have never found on our own. This pulled pork dive is located behind the Hales Farmers' Market and is only open a few days a week. They make a limited amount of (delicious) pulled pork that they serve on sandwiches until they run out for the day. The line that is often out the door is proof enough of the tastiness of the sandwiches (I like mine with apple and cheese). The interior of the restaurant is tiny, but you can cut through to a giant courtyard full of mis-matched chairs and tables. J and I took his parents and baby in search of for a pulled pork sandwich and they jokingly commented that they were the oldest people there by about 40 years. It is certainly popular amongst the younger hipster crowd.
For J's birthday back in May he wanted to go out for a steak. In Vilnius there is only one place to go if you want a great steak, Markus Restaurant. A bit in advance we reserved an outside table and we arrived hungry - good thing too because the portion sizes were huge! I ordered the bacon wrapped steak with onion rings and green beans. Wow, it was excellent and was enough for lunch the next day as well. J was less impressed with his fillet mingnon, so perhaps stick with the bacon!
Right next door to Markus Restaurant is Rene, a Belgian Restaurant (with incredible fries) that J and I had been meaning to try for quite a while. When J and I arrived all of the outdoor seating was reserved so we headed into their huge indoor space to grab a table. Unfortunately, it was incredibly hot inside (it was summer after all!) and poor, very pregnant me was doing my best to think cool thoughts. I must have not looked as cool as I was trying to be, as one of the waitresses took pity on me and offered us one of the reserved seats outside (as long as we were finished by 8 pm). Thank you! I wasn't sure I could have made the whole meal in that heat! As far as food goes, Rene was delicious. I opted for the completely not dainty spare ribs, which were delicious!
Medininkai has been our savior when going out to eat with our visiting families and with baby. The huge outdoor spaces makes me not stress if I need to feed baby in search of or if he starts to fuss. Medininkai serves traditional Lithuanian cuisine and alcohol. Although Medininkai is located near the Gates of Dawn it isn't exclusively visited by tourists - ran into our neighbors there. If you are a cheese lover like myself you should order the cheese plate starter and don't be scared of the green and orange cheeses! Unexpectedly, the cheese plate comes with a maple syrup dipping sauce. I never would have thought that would be a great combination but it truly is. The pumpkin soup and beetroot salad are also yummy :)
Keule Ruke: Pylimo 66 website
Markus Restaurant: M. Antokolskio g. 11 website
Rene: M. Antokolskio g. 13 website
Medininkai: Ausros Vartu g. 8 website
Would you eat orange or green cheese? Where is your favorite hidden restaurant?