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Feb 21, 2013 03:36 PM

Polish Kielbasi

Does anyone know a Polish butcher or deli that makes their own kielbasi? I'm not talking smoked, I'm talking regular kielbasi -- that looks like Italian sausage....but of course, different spices.
There used to be a few places around the Garfield/Wallington area, but I cannot seem to find anyone who makes it anymore.

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  1. There's a Polish Deli on the outskirts of South River , on the Old Bridge Tpk that does their own . You might also look at Bratek Deli in Linden and Pulaski Meats on the main street of linden - Pulaski is actually a supermarket . Another option is north of Trenton at the intersection of Olden and Brunswick ave - many Polish Deli's and restaurants !

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    1. re: arpad

      European Provisions is the place on Old Bridge Turnpike. I think they would have it.

      1. re: jracpa

        European Provisions is indeed the place. They make six or seven different kielbalsa in addition to many other terrific things (including a fantastic goose liverwurst). EP is an absolute gem - one of my absolute favorite food spots in the State.


        1. re: MGZ

          Yes, European Provisions is good. Their house smoked hams are great, not cheap, but really great. There is another place in East Brunswick, which I have not tried, but think might also be worth a try. It is at the south end of town, on County road 615 I think.

          Continental Homemade Provisions
          190 Main Street
          East Brunswick, NJ 08816
          (732) 254-4911

          1. re: jracpa

            It's a food dork's paradise. Those hams are truly great (even just to get a few thick cut slices for a snack). Where else can you find homemade bologna or kishka? Hell, they eve have solonina and an unbelievable double smoked bacon that you can revel in while it's still cold!*

            I will sometimes detour on my way to the Turnpike, by going up Route 18, to stop there. If your from the Shore and are going to the Meadowlands to tailgate, it's a very solid spot to pick up incredible stuff.**

            *Admittedly, it is better, like most things, warmed a bit.

            **Last fall, I did that before going to the "Love for Leon" concert and wound up trading a couple hunks of the fresh kielbalsa I was grilling for two properly stirred martinis. It was certainly more innocent than the trades I made in that parking lot in my lowercase days, but . . . . Pretty funny to remember our lot "neighbors" smelling my cherry wood fueled kettle and come sniffin' around like a couple of Bassets. They asked what I was makin', I asked what they were drinkin', and everyone got good and happy.

            1. re: MGZ

              Several establishments have been mentioned above; to which one are you referring?

                1. re: MGZ

                  Do they have seating or is it strictly takeout?

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    I believe they have a coupla small tables. I may be wrong, however, as I have been in there many, many times over the last forty-odd years and never thought of eating there.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      I'm just not sure I'd want to order a hot sandwich there and lug it a half hour+ back to Tinton Falls...

                      1. re: MGZ

                        MGZ is correct, there are several tables where you can eat at the store. They have quite a varied luncheon menu considering they are primarily a grocery/deli.....

        2. re: arpad

          Pulaski Meats in Linden is our go to place for Kielbasi and Polish sausage during football season.

        3. Piast Meats & Provisions, 800 River Dr, Garfield
          Has what I think you are asking for - White Kielbasi - it is unsmoked

          1. You can get farmer style kielbasa (fresh, not smoked) at any of the Saker ShopRite stores (look for stores called "World Class ShopRIte"). They make and carry it year 'round, and it is very good as any I've ever had (and better than some).
            But you will only find it at the "World Class" ShopRites.

            1. Isn't there a well thought of butcher in Sayerville that makes great fresh kielbasa? The name eludes me, it might be on Washington Ave but I can't say for sure.

              1. Polska Smak on Rt.23 in Butler is excellent. I used to go to Adams in Garfield but to be honest and I never thought I would say this but Smak is better.