Cafe Russian Bear 

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Cafe Russian Bear

Laurie Pearman

Cafe Russian Bear

While Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may be affectionately dubbed the "Russian Bear"—for cuddly feats like tranquilizing escaped tigers, bare-chested horseback riding and splashing about in freezing lakes—Eagle's Cafe Russian Bear is even more kick-ass.

Husband and wife team Oleg and Svetlana Mironov whip up authentic Russian cuisine in a cozy, burgundy-hued space that is about as close to the Motherland as you can get without leaving the Gem State.

Menu items include the self-proclaimed "best cabbage rolls west of the Kremlin" and a secret beef stroganoff recipe from the 1800s they've crowned "a taste of Tsarist Russia." Other dishes like authentic dark-purple beet borscht, potato pancakes, savory crepes—with white sauce, mushroom, garlic and chicken—and sweet crepes—with strawberries, ricotta cheese and chocolate syrup—fill out the rest of the hearty menu.

And if you want to wash back all those pierogies and pelmeni with a Siberia-cold brew, Oleg will happily point out the best Baltika for your meal. The Russian beers are made by the popular St. Petersburg brewery and numbered 0-10, with Baltika No. 0 containing no alcohol, Baltika No. 4 clocking in at 5.6 percent and Baltika No. 9 tipping the scales at 8-10 percent alcohol.

We'd like to see Putin put down his blow dart, throw on an apron and crank out anything half as good as the Mironovs do at Cafe Russian Bear.

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