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Jun 14, 2013 08:26 PM

Ukrainian Restaurants

Last time I was in Chicago (12 years ago?) I eat a Galans (sp?) a Ukrainian
Restaurant in, of all place, the Ukrainian Village. Galans is no longer in business. Are there any others? It was my mother's cooking in the early part of my life and I like to sample it occasionally. If there are none, maybe a good Polish or Russian place.

Thank, John in San Francisco

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  1. Here are three Ukrainian places to consider:

    Old Lviv is the one mostly-Ukrainian restaurant in the city. No website - 2228 W Chicago Ave, (773) 772-7250

    Shokolad is more of a bakery/café.

    Kasia's Deli is more of a Polish deli, but they carry some Ukrainian foods.

    Also - if you're here September 7-8, you might enjoy the Ukrainian Village Festival.

    For Polish food, there are two clusters of Polish restaurants in the city. One is in Ukrainian Village (about 3 miles northwest of the Loop), where perhaps the best Polish restaurant is Podhalanka.

    The other is in Norwood Park, about 13 miles northwest of the Loop, where a good Polish restaurant is Smak-Tak. Also in that neighborhood is one of two locations (the other is in Logan Square) of Red Apple. Red Apple is an inexpensive all-you-can-eat buffet of Polish food - maybe not the best Polish food in Chicago, but perhaps the best value.

    1. Maestro Grill - Excellent Russian restaurant.
      Not exactly in Chicago, but worth a short drive.

      1. Thanks for the advice. I will try Old Lviv or Podhalanka.