Do you have taste for kotlet schabowy? How about zrazy? Do you want to try some Gobabki? These are just some of the items that have become popular among the Chicago dwelling, Polish population. Even if you are not Polish, there are many great restaurants in the Chicago area, especially if you are a food buff. Here are a few that you can check out below.
5249 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
This Avondale restaurant has been attracting more and more American eaters lately, and with good food comes a big crowd. Staropolska offers a full buffet of hot items, salads, desserts, appetizers, soups, pierogi, meats, fruit. Throw in a full bar with a variety of European bars and wines, spirits and compote. Here, you may never eat the same thing twice, as the buffet menu changes on a daily basis! (Photo courtesy of staropolskaofbelmont.com)
6474 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Otherwise known as “The Red Apple”, this Norwood Park establishment offers an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant with a “long tradition of serving great tasting traditional and contemporary Polish food.” The Red Apple is also budget minded, so everyone can enjoy a great meal. Chicago Reader “Readers Choice” winner in 2009, you are sure to leave this place full! (Photo courtesy of redapplebuffet.com)
Bobak Sausage Company
5275 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
How good is Bobak Sausage? So good you can now get it at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, and the Taste of Chicago. Bobak Sausages can be purchased in-store, catered, or shipped directly to you. This USDA meat processor of old world sausages and deli meats is based in Chicago, but nationally and internationally known. (Photo courtesy of bobak.com)
1549 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
This Noble Square restaurant features the best in potato pancakes, white borscht, and pierogis, with the feeling as if someone is serving the food, right in your home, at your dinner table. However, if you want to have a beer with dinner, you are going to have to bring your own. This BYOB restaurant lets you take care of your own spirits.
Andrej Grill and Restaurant
1022 N. Western Avenue
Whether you want potato pancakes, mushroom gravy, or bean soup, this tiny Humboldt Park eatery has everything you are looking for. Come on in and ask for “placki ziemniaczane”. You will walk away satisfied.