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Sep 21, 2005 03:27 PM

Looking for the best Polish restaurant

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What is the best Polish restaurant in San Francisco or the South Bay?


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    Robert Lauriston

    I think there are only four Polish places in the Bay area: Seakor Polish Deli in SF and Campbell, Old Krakow in SF (generally negative reports here), and Delikateski in Concord.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      we often enjoy Old Krakow, i love their goulash and dumplings, yum!

      1. re: pate man
        Robert Lauriston

        I've eaten well at Old Krakow, but reports here average around 5 to 1 against. My favorites are mushroom pierogi, "sourdough soup" (white borscht), and bigos.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        i think krys found more than that.
        i've also heard from my polish colleage that there's a 'chopin cafe' in walnut creek.

        1. re: ed

          Nope, restaurant-wise, it's only Old Krakow, unfortunately. There's a sausage here and a sausage there, but the rest is a few deli dishes at best. I think Chopin closed. IIRC it didn't get good posts on this board.

          1. re: rworange

            Chopin in Santa Rosa wasn't so good and it has closed. I haven't tried Chopin in Walnut Creek, but I just called 'em and they're open for business. Last seating tonight is 8:30pm. (g)


            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks. Well, there you go - Eastern European day in Walnut Creek. I've been meaning to try out Babushka Russian Deli. I do know the shortcut from my house to Walnut Creek.

              Breakfast at Chopin
              Lunch at Babushka Russian Deli
              Dinner return to Chopin

              Do you know if they were related to the Santa Rosa restaurant?

              1. re: rworange

                Chopin in Santa Rosa was Polish and Provencal cooking. Dunno if there's any relation with the place in Walnut Creek.

                Your tour idea almost shames me into finishing the posting of my Eastern European highlights of the East Bay from January. . .

      3. one in walnut creek called chopin


        1. Please Help , We are at Hilton in San Fran Union on conference & when we asked concierge for Polish Restaurant in San Fran & area ..Both associates looked at each other surprised & spoke "..Have you ever hear about any Polish Restaurant ?? "
          No , there are no Polish Restaurants in this City ..I mentioned but Seattle WA has great ones..and couple of them & even Polish House ..I got respond - This is San Francisco CA ..Hilton doesn't list any Polish restaurant in their recommended restaurants list ..I'm sad ..What happened ? Why ?

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              socneverequal, are you looking for any dish in particular?

              You'll have to go to the Richmond District, a long bus or cab ride west of the Hilton.

              Cafe Europa is your only bet for a full service restaurant. There are two Russian restaurants out there too-- I'd recommend

              There are lots of Eastern European markets in the Richmond, including Polish Seakor linked above. Seakor is small and has only one table to eat a short list of warm foods or snack on cold meats and such. They close by 7:30, and have longer Sunday hours.

              There are a few places in the eastern part of SF that serve a single "Polish" item--- pierogies. 20th Century Cafe sells a sauteed cheese and onion pierogi that are delicious, and have a nice plum sauce, but there's something about the dough that's different than any pierogi I've eaten before (I wish I could have paid more attention, but they're 2 for $7 and I was splitting the plate).

              In the Mission District, Giordano Brothers and Stuffed's have pierogies, but they're no better than Mrs. T's frozen pierogies, and in many ways worse.

          1. Not quite as requested, but how about Lithuanian in Alameda?


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            1. re: foodeye

              I like the Russian Family restaurant in RWC. It has the real eastern European feel.