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Best five Polish restaurants in Chicago area

manya7 Mar 31, 2007 02:44 PM

If you can narrow it down to five.....please do! Really need some excellent kielbasa, gulabki, and noodle dishes, but please, no czarnina.

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    Querencia RE: manya7 Mar 31, 2007 05:14 PM

    Red Apple and Tatra Inn make two.

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      cerulean2424 RE: Querencia Apr 2, 2007 09:53 PM

      Unfortunately, the Tatra Inn closed down. I believe a Mexican restaurant will be moving in.

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      Basia RE: manya7 Apr 1, 2007 07:30 PM

      Definitely, hands down, SZALAS on Archer Avenue.

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        line_x_cook RE: manya7 Apr 2, 2007 09:01 AM

        this north sider is still searching for polish avec in chicago
        for polish mom's everyday fix ( obiat ) stop in Andrzej Grill it's all less then $8
        P.S. check out friday's duck special

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          Suburban Sandy RE: line_x_cook Apr 3, 2007 07:36 AM

          Our hands down favorite polish restaurant is Old Warsaw. It's located at the corner of Harlem and Lawrence in Chicago - great pierogis and the best potato pancakes. Mmmmmm.
          Old Warsaw Restaurant and Polish Buffet
          4750 N Harlem Ave
          Harwood Heights, IL 60706
          (708) 867-4500

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            cipsi RE: Suburban Sandy Apr 8, 2007 02:32 PM

            Is that the same Old Warsaw as the one in Broadview, at the corner of Cermak (22nd) and 17th?

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              Suburban Sandy RE: cipsi Apr 9, 2007 11:22 AM

              No. They are similar menus though. We still prefer the Harwood Heights location.

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          amoncada RE: manya7 Apr 3, 2007 01:16 PM

          Gilmart on South Archer Avenue in Chicago. My Polish born friends swear by it. Also try Kurowski's Butcher Shop on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square.

          1. camusman RE: hsarat May 30, 2012 07:28 AM

            Smak Tak has the best Polish food in Chicago.

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              smugg1231 RE: manya7 Apr 9, 2014 09:24 PM

              Im polish born and raised and old Warsaw is shitttttt

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                mefirst RE: manya7 Apr 30, 2014 12:20 PM

                I'm going to second Smak Tak and Red Apple - IMHO Red Apple has it all over Old Warsaw. Two locations, both on Milwaukee - one near Belmont, one near Devon & Nagle.

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                  Querencia RE: mefirst May 2, 2014 05:30 PM

                  I've been going to Red Apple for 24 years and am a loyalist but must say that some days are better than others. Weekends are best---they bring out the good stuff and turnover is faster. Certainly at any time Red Apple is arguably the best restaurant bargain in Chicago. Visitors who never leave Michigan Avenue might want to think about filling up their teenagers at Red Apple.

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