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Sep 29, 2008 08:48 PM

Best of Polish/ Roncesvailles

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?

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

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    1. re: hungry_pangolin

      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

        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

          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: hungryabbey

              Chopin of course

            2. re: erly

              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.

      2. 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.


        1. 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

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

            1. re: ziggystardust

              I forgot to ask, what is the price range?

              1. re: ziggystardust

                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. 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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