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TwoGuys90068 Sep 15, 2008 03:05 PM

Anyone have any suggestions on good Polish food in LA?

  1. sbritchky Sep 15, 2008 03:09 PM

    Do a board search for Warsawa. I haven't been there in years, but it was always good.

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    Warszawa Restaurant
    1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: sbritchky
      Will Owen Sep 15, 2008 03:19 PM

      Warszawa for excellent woods'n'meadows Polish classics, not cheap but reasonable, fine and friendly service in an upscale setting. Polka (York and Verdugo, just off the southeast edge of Glendale) for downhome grub, dumplings and stuffed cabbage and stuff like that, very much like some family's big dining room, pretty cheap and good, just not fine dining.

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        noahbites Sep 15, 2008 03:24 PM

        Warszawa makes tasty food. I always feel a little weird paying for relatively expensive Polish food, but it beats paying for crappy Polish food. If there's a restaurant that makes tastier Polish food in L.A., I've never heard of it.

        If you go for happy hour, appetizers are half off and drinks are a dollar off. You can definitely have a satisfying meal with only appetizers there too. They're all good: filet mignon tartar, bacon wrapped plums, pierogi, herring, pate, sausage and potato pancakes.

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        TwoGuys90068 Sep 15, 2008 03:27 PM

        Thank you to the both of you. I checked out their websites and both look great! Can't wait to try them!

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        1. re: TwoGuys90068
          Emme Sep 15, 2008 11:07 PM

          if you're looking to save a little, try Warszawa at happy hour!

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          goodegg333 Sep 15, 2008 03:28 PM

          Polka, in Glendale is good, often has a line outside. It's not quite what I grew up on, but the cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make it an enjoyable experience, just not my grandma's cooking! :-) The kielbasa has a nice flavor, but does not snap, and the pierogies have a very delicate dough, which is very nice. The prices have gone up over the years, so it's not exactly *cheap*.

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            TwoGuys90068 Sep 15, 2008 03:36 PM

            I miss good Polish food like my mother and grandmothers would cook. Do they boil or fry their pierogies? Any of them serve kielbasa soup or duck blood soup? I can't spell the Polish name for the dessert but in English we called them Angel Wings. Loved those too. My mother used to make City Chicken too (cubed pork on wooden skewars, breaded and fried). YUM!

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              cjla Sep 15, 2008 03:44 PM

              http://polkacatering.com/

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              Polka
              4112 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

              1. re: cjla
                SIMIHOUND Sep 15, 2008 04:31 PM

                I second Polka. I much favor it over Warszawa which was expensive IMO and has small portions.

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                  goodegg333 Jun 29, 2009 04:35 PM

                  I third Polka! :-) It doesn't taste like my polish grandma's cooking, which was a little hard to get past. But once I stopped expecting it to taste differently, I was happy and enjoyed my pierogi!

                  1. re: goodegg333
                    Will Owen Jun 29, 2009 05:01 PM

                    I disagree about Warszawa's prices and portions, especially the last, which I recall as being as generous as fine-dining grub gets. Gotta remember, as I've mentioned before, Polka offers the food of those who worked the fields and foraged in the forests; Warszawa offers the food of those who OWNED the fields and the forests. Warszawa's ingredients are more expensive, and so I'm sure is their rent.

                    1. re: Will Owen
                      Mr Taster Jun 30, 2009 03:56 PM

                      I've got to agree with the others re Warszawa's price. There's nothing bourgie about bigos and pierogi (both very humble everyman dishes which can be purchased at extremely inexpensive small pubs or milk bars in Poland) yet at Warszawa this will set you back almost $40... ($13 for pierogi, $16 for bigos, + tax & tip) In my opinion, that's as inexcusable as paying $10 for sub-par tacos at Border Grill that you can get on the street for $3.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster
                        Servorg Jun 30, 2009 05:56 PM

                        Don't forget to add in the $1100 cost of a R/T ticket from LAX to Warsaw and back to the cost of the inexpensive bigos and peirogi in Poland.

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                          Mr Taster Jul 1, 2009 11:02 AM

                          ...or go to Polka.

                          Mr Taster

              2. re: TwoGuys90068
                Das Ubergeek Jun 30, 2009 10:53 AM

                Well, since the thread is reopened, the cookies are called chrusciki and you can get them at Polka Deli & Catering in the City of Orange (be aware that this place does not sell prepared foods like sandwiches, so don't go expecting to have lunch -- ingredients only).

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