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Seasoned restaurateur Branko Podrumedic is behind this Irving Park restaurant with Romanian flair. Though Podrumedic has served traditional Romanian fare in Chicago for decades (you may remember Little Bucharest's earlier incarnation on Ashland Avenue, or more recently, Continental Cafe at this same address), this spot offers an updated take on Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian flavors, blending traditional Eastern European ingredients with more modern presentations and a contemporary sensibility. The idea, says Podrumedic, is to make Romanian food more accessible. (Fans of the classics, fret not: Updated dishes also include veal paprikash, schnitzel and stuffed cabbage.) And speaking of accessibility, get this: Podrumedic's limo service will pick you up and deliver you to the door. Inside, expect a modern bistro look with subtle but vibrant Romanian touches throughout the front bar, back dining room and charming outdoor patio.