270 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL
I have been hearing about this place from my polish friends for quite some time now, I recently saw a post of Facebook and read some yelp reviews that were extremely positive. Latest yelp review sums it up nicely!
This Polish restaurant doesn't even have an online menu, but don't let that fool you. I'm kind of hoping it will stay an undiscovered gem for just a little longer. Their food deserves to be known. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and all natural wood. It's a very classic log cabin atmosphere. It's classy yet casual.
With each meal, you receive unlimited soup refills and crusty bread with szmalec, a rendered pork fat spread with bacon or similar flavoring inside. It's heavy but a welcome change from the usual butter and very tasty. I tried a vegetable soup as well as mushroom soup. They kindly allowed me to switch varieties between my servings of unlimited soup. The service is friendly and fast! On game days the place is lively and filled with cheering fans.
I ordered chicken with roasted potatoes and beef stroganoff, which isn't like the Northern European version but more like a Hungarian goulash. Chicken was delicious and crispy skinned but perfect texture inside. The beef was delicious, cut into bite sized pieces, and tender. Plenty of food to take home to re-enjoy later. The goulash was served in a cute little suspended steel cauldron. That was a fun touch.
This restaurant deserves a lot more exposure than it currently has. It's also next to Helen's Polish deli, so you can pick up some kabanosy (dry sausages) or kielbasa for grilling later.