Before crusading into culinary pursuits, The Norsemen dominated the sport of baseball, hitting well-placed meatballs and asserting their midnight-sun advantage during home stands. Field a fresh team of flavors with today’s Groupon to Tre Kronor. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Scandinavian dinner fare (Monday through Saturday).<p>
- For $7, you get $15 worth of brunch fare. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.<p>
Tre Kronor melds traditional Scandinavian fare with the charm of a French bistro and the city’s best plate of pancakes, according to Time Out Chicago. Chef-owners Patty Rasmussen and Larry Anderson link their Nordic heritages to craft an eclectic menu of house-made, Old World favorites, including Danish pastries and cinnamon rolls ($2.95) and plucky, pickled herring ($5.95). Evening diners can sink chompers into Swedish meatballs with house-made lingonberry relish ($12) or a seared duck breast and apple-pork sausage combo ($15). During brunch, eggy slices of vanilla-and-orange french toast paint a midsummer day’s dream with its sweet-swirled flavors and warm, cinnamon suntan ($6.95). Lauded for its quiches and omelets ($7.95), Tre Kronor’s signature pannekaker ($5.25) equally enlightens with a less savory stroke of delicate lingon and two swedish pancakes nesting on the plate. From December 1–23, Tre Kronor serves a candle-lit julbord, or Christmas smorgasbord, with two seatings each night, featuring such delights as smoked salmon, fiskpudding, and gothenberg sausage ($55 per person, $60 per person on weekends).
Slip into the quaint bistro dining room, where a friendly server uncorks your BYOB carry-in for no extra fee. Patrons recline in the low-lit dining space with a glass of wine or cocktail, chatting with Nordic ex-pats, a tapestry of neighborhood locals, and homesick moose studying abroad at nearby North Park University.
In 1992, Larry Anderson and Patty Rasmussen were approached by the owners of their favorite Albany Park diner and asked if they wanted to take over the business. Three months later, Larry and Patty opened Tre Kronor, combining cuisine from their Swedish and Nordic heritages. Dishes of gravlax, swedish meatballs, and potato pancakes are served out on their outdoor garden area or inside the cozy bistro, which, as Larry explained in a segment on Check, Please!, contains the original woodwork from the building’s 1896 construction.
Tre Kronor’s authentic and made-from-scratch Scandinavian food has since earned the BYOB eatery national attention on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and the Chicago Reader has called their herring "superbly moist and meaty." Despite all this praise, Larry and Patty refuse to rest on their laurels, taking annual trips to Scandinavia to discover new dishes that can update their menu.