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Aug 6, 2006 06:01 PM

Chopin Cafe in Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill: Any good?

I just went to the Walnut Creek Lunardi's for the first time in a long time, and noticed Chopin Cafe, a Polish restaurant, across the shopping center. Never heard of it, so was just wondering if it's worth a visit, and if so, what are the can't-miss items. Any tips would be appreciated!

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  1. I tried it last fall with a friend after reading rw's raves. Definitely worth a visit --- here's a link to my posting.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Great, thanks a lot! I had always though there was another Chopin Cafe like in SF or something, I never thought a little hole-in-the-wall in Walnut Creek would get so much attention on here, but I guess that's why it's and not

      1. re: Ozumo

        There's something in the Marin-ish/Sonoma-ish ... north of SF area that has Chopin in the name and it always got unenthusiastic posts. That's why it took so long for me to check out Chopin, didn't realize there was different restaurant in Walnut Creek.

        I think in the current Cafe Gratitude location on Shattuck in Berkeley long ago there was a Polish restaurant there called Chopin. I know there was a Polish restaurant ... not sure of the name.

        If you try Chopin, please report back.

        BTW, Lunardi sells those biscotti from La Biscotteria that is currently being discussed on the board.

        1. re: rworange

          Chopin in Santa Rosa closed a few years ago.

          Fwiw, my brother-in-law raved about some veal chops with kidneys that he bought at Lunardi's.

          1. re: rworange

            There used to be a Polish restaurant on Shattuck long time ago, called "Warszawa".

          2. re: Ozumo

            > I had always though there was another Chopin Cafe like in SF or something<

            There was a Chopin Cafe in San Francisco, on the corner next to the Washington Square Bar & Grill in North Beach 20+ years ago, but it's been gone for a long time.

        2. I've only been once and thought it was good. Has the mixed pierogi, of which the sauerkraut (with mushroom I think?) were the stars -- much better than the ones I've gotten from Kurowski's in Chacago. The ruski (potato and cheese) were good. The meat ones were only OK -- not nearly as good as the frozen Kurowski version. The golabki (stuffed cabbage) are pretty good but not as good as my Grandma's.

          The only other full service polish restaurant I've tried in the Bay Area is Old Krakow in SF. As others have said, Chopin puts Old Krakow to shame...

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          1. re: jmarek

            Glad to hear that there's better Polish food out there than Old Krakow. Was very excited to go to Old Krakow and was way disappointed, as was my Polish grandmother (although, she'll probably be disappointed no matter what--it's kind of a way of life). Will definitely check out Chopin.

          2. there is also Mozart restaurant in san fran. which should be Austrian not German, but the german/polish/austrian/hungarian borders were quite fluid back in the day.

            i've had good meals at Old Krakow, but have not been to Chopin.

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            1. re: himbeer

              Pls tell us what your recommend at Cafe Mozart, would be good to get a recent report. Older posts consistently slam the place.

            2. As I am a Pleasant Hill resident, Chopin's is my favorite of favorites and I eat there a lot. The menu is somewhat spartan and rarely changes, but what they have is out of this world! What they serve reflects the cuisine of their native Warsaw area of Poland. Nearly everything they serve is house made, saurkraut is probably the only thing that isn't. The owner is beyond charming and it is not unusual to see her in the dining area making sure that everything is to the patron's liking. This is not fast food, so don't go in expecting your cheeseburger to arrive in less than a minute, but any wait is well worth it. Try the dill pickle soup (you will have to ask for it), I'm addicted.

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              1. re: notdefined

                Thanks for the reminder about Chopin. I liked this little spot very much, but haven't made it back yet. We had a little scare a few months ago when someone reported that it had closed. Luckily, that turned out to not be true.

                Chopin Cafe
                1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

                1. re: notdefined

                  I second your recommendation. Chopin is great for good solid Central European comfort food. They don't have a big menu but what they have is great.