Thursday, October 16, 2014

A New Experience

How many times do I go up or down Wadsworth Blvd and see the Cracovia Restaurant on the west side of the street. I have always wondered about the restaurant and I have been curious about the type of food served. Today, I invited a friend who had just returned from Slovenia, to go with me. I figured she would know about the types of food served in areas around Poland.

The first thing that struck me as I entered the restaurant were the bright orange walls. One wall has large pictures and I believe are scenes from Poland. The table cloths and cloth napkins are black and near a corner, a small bar with alcoholic drinks.

I am used to seeing Italian, Mexican, Asian, German or American dishes on menus and when I saw the names of the Cracovia dishes I had no idea what I would be eating. I noticed many of the dishes on the menu had sauerkraut and kielbasa.

Czerwony Barszcz - Classic Beetroot Red Broscht
Zupa Ogorkowa - Creamy Pickle Soup
Rosol - Chicken Noodle Soup
Pierogi - Chicken Dumplings
Golabki - Cabbage Roll
Szaszlyk - Kabob

There were many other dishes on the menu that sounded interesting. The delicacies did not sound like something I would try: Czernina - Duck Blood Soup; Flaki - Beef tripe or the Golonka - pork knuckle.
Maybe I am missing some wonderful tasting food, but those delicacies did not appeal to me!

The dessert menu looked extra delicious but we did not have dessert!

Chrusciki- sweet dough twisted, fried and dusted with powder sugar
Pierogi - dumpling stuffed with jelly
Kremowka - puff pastry cake
Paczki- Polish donut filled with jelly
Szarlotka - apple pie

My friend ordered a Sauerkraut soup by the name of Kapusniak. After studying the menu, I chose Bigos, a Polish Hunter Stew with Sauerkraut, cabbage, pork, mushrooms and kielbasa. Homemade bread was served with my meal but no butter. I found the food to be different, yet tasty, and a bit on the salty side. I enjoyed lunch and I intend to return to try some of the many other dishes.

"Fish to taste right,
must swim three times --
in water, in butter
and in wine."
Polish Proverb

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