Getting in Touch with Polish Roots at Polish Villa
In the mood to get in touch with our roots (a small percentage anyway), we decided to head out towards Cheektowaga for some Polish cuisine. We started at square one, Polish Villa. To me one of the most important parts of the experience of visiting a restaurant is that there is an authentic representation of culture. If this means old school decor, then bring it on! (Something like this has never and will never negatively impact a review we do.) Polish Villa has exactly that old school charm. Unfortunately, I have yet to travel to Poland. I do, however have Polish relatives and as I walked into this restaurant, I felt at home – as I imagine most people would. Memories of my relatives had something to do with it, but mostly it was due to the comforting space – like your favorite grandmother’s house, Polish or not. It has an old world feel from the setup to the food, and the local Polish women who seem to frequent the spot. As I sat at our unassuming table and looked around, I felt grateful that we have such a variety of cultures represented in Western New York. It’s important to support places like Polish Villa. Having them around makes life much easier when you have a hankering for a good traditional potato pancake.
The reasonably priced menu at Polish Villa is quite extensive, allowing you to mix and match plenty of Polish staples, and order menu items several different ways. We were hungry and since Polish cuisine is not exactly for the health conscious, we dove in head first, ignoring all consequences. To start we ordered tomato and dumpling soup, good, subtle flavors. We also indulged in some Pierogis (2 for $2.25) – cheese & potato. They were very good, warmed all the way through and the fillings were tasty. We ordered Potato Pancakes (2 for $3.95) and received 4 giant pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream. (I recommend always going for both so that you can switch between.) They were delicious and hit the spot, just as any potato dish usually does. We loved them. Why are potatoes so comforting? Mashed, smashed, fried, pancaked, as filling, the list goes on and on. Rumor has it people originally thought oddly of eating root vegetables in the old world, and had to be convinced to make them a part of their diet and crops. Glad that’s over.
For Entrees we ordered:
- Polish Platter ($13.45)- 2 Kielbasa (I got one of each kind, smoked & fresh), pierogi (I ordered one cheese, one potato – they also have kraut) & goiabki- cabbage leaves wrapped around beef & rice. This comes with a potato, (your choice of mashed, pancaked or fries – I got fries this time and they were really good), vegetable (cabbage) and salad – I got soup instead.
- Polish Patty Melt ($7.95) – Kielbasa, burger, cheese on a thin bread with sauerkraut. It was excellent. (From their Fall-Winter Menu)
- Polish Style Reuben ($7.95) – The contents of a reuben served open-faced on top of a potato pancake. GENIUS! As you can imagine, this was outstanding. (Also from their Fall-Winter Menu)
The menu doesn’t end there. Breaded or Beer Battered Fish Fry ($10.45), Breaded Pork Chops ($10.45), and a BLT Sandwich ($4.95) can also be found as well as a few different kinds of burgers. Breakfast includes 9 kinds of omelets (around $6), french toast ($5), and polish breakfast specials, AKA breakfast with kielbasa.
Overall, our service was good, attentive, and friendly. Reviewing the bill revealed that we received and were charged for a couple extra potato pancakes, but we weren’t complaining. People slowly filled the place for lunch on a weekday – always a good sign. Polish music played lightly in the background. They serve 3 meals a day as most loving grandmothers would. If you haven’t been there in a while, check back in! Polish Villa is exactly what we hoped it would be – an authentically Polish restaurant from food to place.
Polish Villa Details
2954 Union Rd., Cheektowaga NY 14227
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