We live in Magnolia, and it's a treat to have one of the best restaurants in the city right in our neighborhood. Szmania's has a consistently interesting menu -- an intriguing cross between Northwest Continental and Eastern European fare. The food is nearly always flawlessly prepared. The service is personal and friendly (without at all being too personal or overbearing). And the room is delightful. Szmania's recently expanded and renovated its space, and they've succeeded in creating a warm, quiet room with a friendly feel. Members of of the Szamania family can usually be seen either out front or behind the food bar. (Chef Ludger is unmistakable.) And they are great with kids, with a solid (and healthy) kids menu. If you go, the two desserts that stand above all others are the creme brulee trio and the apple tart.