Our April NRT outing was to J. Betski’s in Raleigh. The restaurant is located in the Seaboard Station Plaza. It seems like a fairly new development. It was a nice warm evening so we opted to sit at the tables outside so I can’t comment on the atmosphere inside the space.
The first thing that impressed me was the fact that the beer and wine menu featured primarily German offerings. It was nice to see that the entire menu focused on the region rather than just the food menu.
I opted for a beer after some discussion of which one with the waiter. G and I started with the NC BBQ Pierogies with Bacon Vinaigrette and Sauerkraut Slaw. The pork was delicate and not too sweet, while the bacon provided just the right amount of salt.
For our entrée we shared the Pork Schnitzel which was served with Austrian Potato and Dill Cucumber Salads and Lingonberries. This dish was just fantastic! The pork was nicely and thin. The key was nice breading; the thin pork allowed for a quick frying so the entire dish was delicate and not at all greasy or heavy. The salads too were delicious! Each was well dressed without being overpowered. They potato salad has a perfect amount of tanginess from the vinegar. The dill cucumber salad provided a nice freshness to the plate while the lingonberries added just the correct sweetness.
Others at our table ordered the J. Betski’s Fresh Kielbasa and the Smoked Beef and Pork Kielbasa which are both made in-house. The fresh kielbasa was full of delicious herbs. But, the smoked kielbasa was excellent! The combination of the beef and pork provided the sausage with a richness which was nicely complimented by spicy, smoke of paprika.
To be honest, I was hesitant about this outing since I am not a huge fan of German and Polish food. In my experience it can be rather flavorless and quite heavy. Well, J. Betski’s changed my opinion in just one visit!
10 West Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604