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02.28.08

Polish Buffet Smackdown

Bites: News and Miscellany


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Poles like them some garlic. I should know. I am one. My mom was born in small town outside Krakow and I’ve been eating the national cuisine, which is loaded with more stinky cloves than a season of Emeril Live, my entire life. Problem is I developed a mild garlic allergy a few years ago, which makes me achey. Fortunately, what doesn’t kill me and tastes awesome, I plow through. Unfortunately that tactic kicked my ass this week, as I wrote Time Out Chicago’s first ever “Smackdown” feature, pitting Chicago’s polish buffets against one another in order to find the best place for Chicagoans to celebrate Pulaski day..

Eating at nine buffets in two weeks had me throwing down more carbs than Lance Armstrong before the Tour de France. Eating just as much garlic through endless links off kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, and chopped steak had me laid up on the couch with my garlic ache almost every night.

Still, I discovered some great stuff, made friends with at least three Polish Carhart clad contractors (which should come in handy if I ever earn enough money to renovate something), and one babushka clad Polish grandma. Since buffet crowd=octagenarian set, I also rediscovered what it’s like to be the youngest guy in the room again, a feeling I haven’t had since I sat at the kid’s table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Also, I don’t know what it means, but Grota had the only signed photo of an owner with Richard Daley, so maybe that’s where the mayor eats his Polish food…or maybe this is the spot to get your outstanding parking tickets taken care of….if that’s true, you might want to bump Grota up to number #1.

2 Comments on "Polish Buffet Smackdown"

Seljanka

Is Bobak’s on Archer buffet open? Recently oncerned friends told me they were shopping for sausages and cookies in the store and that the restaurant area was shuttered. . . I read the Time Out article and had such a craving for meat wrapped in meat and soaked in butter. . . or something like that.



Michael Nagrant

The restaurant closed, but there’s still a buffet in the middle of the store. Frankly, though it’s the worst of the bunch. I highly recommend checking out the first few spots on my list instead.



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