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Best of Polish/ Roncesvailles

ziggystardust Sep 29, 2008 08:48 PM

I'm sure I've buggered up the spelling of the street, but where would you recommend for a Polish food neophyte in that area?

  1. DockPotato Oct 3, 2008 02:46 PM

    Yes, the spelling is a long-running challenge.

    Some years ago, a cop on the beat encountered a dead horse blocking traffic on Roncesvalles near Dundas. He took out his notebook and pencil, studied the corpse for some time, grabbed the horse by two legs, heaved it a few feet to the north, and made the following entry in his report, "Dead horse, Dundas south of Bloor."

    True story. I don't lie standing up or sitting down.

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      grilledcheese Oct 1, 2008 02:30 PM

      It is worth checking out Inter Steer. Their chef is the the nephew of the Polish owners. He trained at Susur, but is doing a lot of Polish food. He is an excellent chef and the value is amazing.

      I also live and die by the take-out counter at Super Kolbasa.

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      1. re: grilledcheese
        ziggystardust Oct 2, 2008 08:30 PM

        Sounds like Polenez is the right choice for my untrained palate. Thanks for your help!

        1. re: ziggystardust
          ziggystardust Oct 2, 2008 08:35 PM

          I forgot to ask, what is the price range?

          1. re: ziggystardust
            hungry_pangolin Oct 3, 2008 06:50 AM

            Not at all expensive. Of course, it depends how much you drink (they do have a good selection of Polish beers), but I'd say about $35 to get yourself stuffed and well watered. Save room for the apple cake!

      2. mariecollins Oct 1, 2008 08:42 AM

        Starapolska is quite the experience. The Flaczi (tripe soup) is tasty. Polenez is good. The deli with a short name that begins with W (Wadja?, Warmia?) has good paczki and sausages.


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          hungry_pangolin Sep 30, 2008 06:13 AM

          My preferred place has always been Cafe Polonez. I've never been disappointed.

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          1. re: hungry_pangolin
            bigos70 Sep 30, 2008 08:00 AM

            I agree about Cafe Polonez - I have been to several of the others and found them substandard. And I am Polish-Canadian, and my screen name bigos is actually a Polish stew of cabbage, saurkraut, meat & sausage.

            1. re: bigos70
              mummy2Luna Sep 30, 2008 08:58 AM

              Cafe Polonez is fantastic.
              If you want to start with something sweet, go to Granowska's for paczki, delicious, airy doughnuts filled with rosehip jam or poppyseeds and almonds. I can't get enough of them! Best in the city.

              1. re: mummy2Luna
                erly Sep 30, 2008 10:41 AM

                Try Mozart, as well.
                Cafe Polonez is best for the starches, perogies, potato dumplings, crispy potato pancakes, etc.
                but I prefer the meat dishes at Mozart.
                The others on the strip are forgettable.

                1. re: erly
                  hungryabbey Sep 30, 2008 05:28 PM

                  do you mean Chopin?

                  1. re: hungryabbey
                    erly Sep 30, 2008 06:31 PM

                    Chopin of course

                  2. re: erly
                    thought_for_food Oct 1, 2008 07:49 AM

                    Cafe Polonez also makes a great soup. I don't remember what it's called, but it has a clear, red (beet?) broth, little dumplings, and fresh dill. They've made the dumplings with mushrooms for me instead of meat.

                    1. re: thought_for_food
                      mrbozo Oct 1, 2008 02:18 PM

                      The soup sure sounds like borscht.

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