The Polish community and its foods have been an integral part of Chicago since the mid-1800s. Carrying on the tradition of warm, comforting dishes full of cabbage, sausage, and potato, a myriad of great Polish restaurants populate Chicago and the surrounding area. From full dinners to pierogi combos, red borscht to stuffed cabbage— you’ll find exactly the dishes you’re looking for at one or more of these fine Polish establishments.
3030 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60618
Avondale-based Staropolska offers hot appetizers, salads, soups, and countless other Polish favorites. Tuck into potato and cheese pierogies, scalloped pork tenderloin, or Hungarian-style potato pancakes.
1549 W Division St, Chicago IL 60642
Head to West Town for stick-to-your-ribs Polish classics. Beef or pork stews, stuffed cabbage, and sour borscht are only a few of the options on Podhalanka’s menu.
169 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60606
Drop in for some Polish eats while you’re bopping around downtown! Classic pierogi flavors, hearty soups, and Polish sausage will fuel any excursion in the Loop.
5619 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago IL 60630
As their website says, you’ll find food “just like Grandma used to cook” at Smakosz. Start off with some potato pancakes or sauerkraut soup, followed by a main course of breaded pork chop, and finished off with some sweet blintzes.
8303 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago IL 60634
Not only is Dunning’s favorite Polish restaurant a great place for food, but it’s also got plenty of beer on tap. Grab a Zubr beer, order some red borscht, and fill up on some cheese and potato pierogies with your best pals.
1730 W Golf Rd, Mt Prospect IL 60056
A little further out in Mt Prospect, you’ll find the quli-nary delights of Qulinarnia. Try a fancier version of the pierogi, filled with lobster and spinach; choose from any number of hearty, meat-filled main courses.
5961 N Elston Ave, Chicago IL 60646
Jefferson Park’s family-operated Smak-Tak offers a selection of soups of the day, breaded meat and fish main courses, stuffed cabbage, dumplings, and more.
5753 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60634
This cozy eatery in Belmont Cragin serves Polish-style lunchtime soups and sandwiches, with heartier selections for their dinner menu. Stop in during the day for a Kielbasa lunch, or drop in after work for the hunter stew dinner.
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