Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 19, 2010

Road Food Report: Polish Comfort Food

A waitress delivers a tray of eats beneath the mural at Polonia

Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel tour of Rust Belt cities had to include Hamtramck, the one-time heart of the Detroit area’s Polish community that was torn apart in the 1980s by construction of the General Motors “Poletown” plant. Of 3 authentic Polish restaurants in the city Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show featured Polonia, though fans of neighboring Polish Village Cafe and Under the Eagle restaurant would have readily pointed his crew to either of those ethnic eateries.

Simple exterior; simple and satisfying food inside

Bourdain dished up decent comments about the hearty and “great food at a good price.”

No argument there—at a pre-Christmas lunch with college chums I savored the dill pickle soup (potatoes, cream, butter and dill pickles, of course) and combo plate of  tender pierogi (dough, butter, cheese and a dollop of sour cream), crisp potato pancakes (more potatoes, butter and another dollop of sour cream) and housemade Polish sausage (don’t ask).

Heck, I think everything except the Polish beer is made in-house. (See for yourself as you cut through the busy kitchen en route to the bathroom.)

Zywiec is a favorite of several Polish beers at Polonia

Our group had such fun chatting and chowing down I forgot to take photos of the meal.

Just picture comfort food served with a side of Polish art and folk music.

Better yet, forget any diet-related New Year’s Resolutions and go to Polonia to enjoy it for yourself.

Can't explain the Italian-looking chef; the food is all Polish all the time

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Responses

  1. Great blog on our Polish food Christmas gathering. Fun day and great food, great company.

    • Made me crave another visit!

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