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Polish Kielbasi

shopgirl Feb 21, 2013 03:36 PM

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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    arpad Feb 21, 2013 04:16 PM

    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
      jracpa Feb 21, 2013 06:54 PM

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

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        MGZ Feb 22, 2013 04:37 AM

        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.


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          jracpa Feb 22, 2013 05:00 AM

          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

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            MGZ Feb 22, 2013 06:43 AM

            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.

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              equal_Mark Feb 22, 2013 07:46 AM

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

              1. re: equal_Mark
                MGZ Feb 22, 2013 07:51 AM

                European Provisions.

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                  equal_Mark Feb 22, 2013 10:26 AM

                  Do they have seating or is it strictly takeout?

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                    MGZ Feb 22, 2013 10:38 AM

                    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.

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                      equal_Mark Feb 22, 2013 10:49 AM

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

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                        bakersma Feb 22, 2013 05:19 PM

                        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..... http://www.ehpdeli.com/lunchmenu.html

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          cke25 Feb 23, 2013 06:16 AM

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

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          nizza Feb 21, 2013 06:49 PM

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

          1. The Professor Feb 22, 2013 05:41 AM

            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 good as any I've ever had (and better than some).
            But you will only find it at the "World Class" ShopRites.

            1. angelo04 Feb 22, 2013 06:36 AM

              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.

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                bifpocaroba Feb 22, 2013 07:05 AM

                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.

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                  Simmons5 Feb 22, 2013 08:23 AM

                  How about "The Pork Store" in Union on Morris ave. They do all sorts of great meats. Google the place they have a great website that shows only some of the things they carry.

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                    neonknight Mar 1, 2013 04:18 PM

                    I second this...this place is awesome....

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                    bakersma Feb 22, 2013 05:15 PM

                    Joe's Meat Market on Smith Street in Perth Amboy.....very good kielbasa, and I think their prices may be a little bit better than European Provisions on Old Bridge Turnpike over by South River/East Brunswick which is my other 'go-to' place for kielbasa and Polish groceries. They are both excellent IMHO and I don't think you will go wrong with either one.

                    And if you're in the neighborhood of Joe's, a block or two further down Smith Street is Sipo's Bakery which is worth a stop for some great freshly-baked bread and maybe some cookies too (or one of those salted breadsticks.....yummmmm).

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                    1. re: bakersma
                      arpad Feb 23, 2013 09:09 AM

                      Sipo's makes my favorite Hungarian cookies - the rolled ones with apricot , walnut or lekvar fillings !

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                        The Professor Feb 24, 2013 10:29 AM

                        Sipo's also seems to be one of the only places left in NJ where it's possible to buy anything resembling a decent hard roll (such as the ones so commonly available 50 years ago at the small, family owned bakeries that every town once seemed to have).

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                      spiritsevp Feb 24, 2013 11:39 AM

                      Syrena's Polish Deli
                      Address: 1117 St Georges Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
                      Phone:(908) 486-0677
                      Syrena is a Polish deli specializing in smoked meats (kielbasa, kabanos, etc).Homemade Lunchmeats. Also, they have a deli for ordering take out pierogies, cabbage rolls, kapusta, Homemade Soups etc.
                      Syrena's kielbasa is excellent. Everything is made in house in their own smoke room. A few years back two younger guys in the family took over day to day and they are doing a great job. They are true smoke heads -- really into making their smoked meats.

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                        ELA Feb 24, 2013 12:23 PM

                        If you are looking in North Jersey, try the Swiss Pork Store in Fair Lawn. I've bought fresh kielbasa there before, and they've had different kinds -- fresh, smoked, etc.

                        I am very surprised you couldn't find anything in the Garfield/Wallington area. I know there were a few, but I don't which specific ones are there, no longer there, etc.

                        Good luck.

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                          Drr1014 Feb 24, 2013 12:35 PM

                          There have been replies about Adams in Garfield but Adams is in Wallington on Union Blvd and still going strong. Great Kielbasy smoked on premis

                          1. briansnat Feb 27, 2013 06:32 PM

                            Polska Smak in Butler on Route 23. It's in the freezer in the back.
                            I found the idea that "fresh kielbasi" in the freezer was funny, but I guess that they don't get a lot of requests for it. I'm sure they will make it fresh for you if you call ahead.

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                              cantbeatgoodfood Mar 6, 2013 08:07 AM

                              There still are great places in wallington [adams, on wallington ave],colonial mkt [walllington ave?],know passaic has jasoniks?? and a few others,but i would say adams still is the best option for polish kielbasi.

                              1. JustJake Mar 6, 2013 09:24 AM

                                While I remember going to the European Provisions store when I was a kid (my grandparents lived just up the street on River Rd in the old stagecoach house - biggest house on River Rd). I don't get to EP much anymore (even if it's doable via Rte #18 should I want to travel from Somerset on my way home to the shore).

                                Here's another one, just as good and which I go to at lunch hour for Easter dinner fixins: European Deli in Manville. Plus they've got more different types of perogi than you have fingers....


                                1. Barbarella Mar 8, 2013 11:44 AM

                                  Ok, so much for those places, but are there any Polish delis to be had near Wall ? always searching for some good stuffed cabbach, kielbasa, and pierogis.

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                                    MGZ Mar 8, 2013 11:46 AM

                                    In Point Pleasant, you could try Miletto. They offer a variety of Polish specialties that might be to you liking.0

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