Kuchina Polska in Buffalo
Buffalo is well-known for being a city of many cultures, all with rich histories from our ancestors who first stepped foot in this great city way back when. And if Dyngus Day is any indication, one of those rich histories is Polish.
During the 1880’s a wave of Polish settlers arrived in Buffalo and the area around Broadway and Fillmore Avenue was soon known as the “Polish colony”. In the early twentieth century the Queen City embraced as many as 100,000 Polish-Americans which made it the sixth largest Polish-American community in the United States. Nowadays many people of Polish descent still live in the areas that their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents first settled in: Broadway-Filmore, Clinton-Bailey, Black Rock, and Riverside as well as Cheektowaga, Depew, Kaisertown, and Lackawanna…and that’s also where you can find the best kuchnia Polska.
999 Broadway St, Buffalo, NY, 14212
The Broadway Market becomes one of the hottest spots in town once Dyngus Day approaches, and for good reason. Centered right in the hub of the Historical Polonia District the Broadway Market originally served as a means of preserving old world customs, traditions, and heritage for immigrants in the late 1800’s. Today you can still find the freshest Polish sausage in Buffalo all year round, Pierogi by Paula on Saturdays, and of course those butter lambs.
Broadway Market, 999 Broadway St, Buffalo, NY, 14212
80 West Drullard Ave, Lancaster, NY, 14086
2872 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY, 14217
This family owned and operated bakery specializes in gourmet breads and desserts with an old world European flair. Whether you’re in the mood for a one-of-a-kind wedding cake or some authentic hand-crafted pierogi, paczki, placek, or chrusciki, Chrusciki Bakery has you covered. Plus they have three (count ‘em, THREE) locations for your eating pleasure AND you can order their menu online and have it shipped anywhere in the country. As their motto says, “Life is short, eat dessert first”.
Polish Villa II / Polish Villa II Food Truck
1085 Harlem Rd, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227
I mean, “Polish” is literally in the name! When you walk into Polish Villa II the entire place is decked out in traditional décor and you immediately start feeling transported to Eastern Europe, then once you dig in you’re 100% back in the motherland. Everything here is handmade by the Kutas family so you really can’t go wrong. We say go with a platter to get the most Polska for your buck. Plus check out the bigos we went behind the scenes and watched them make, your mouth will thank you. in 2014 they opened their own food truck called Polish Villa II Food Truck of course, so you can get your Polish fix on the go!
2116 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY, 14206
Pierogi, golabki, and czarnina, oh my! The story of this now famous pierogi shop starts with K Sisters’ Karen Markiewicz struggling to find a pierogi like her mother and babcia used to make. Unsatisfied with her findings she decided to open up a very homey storefront in Kaisertown to make them herself, and the rest is history. All of K Sisters’ ingredients are locally sourced, and in addition to traditional pierogi flavors they also feature what they call “innovative pierogi” filled with fruit, meat, seasonal fillings, or even stuffed like tacos. If you want traditional kuchnia Polska like babcia used to make, look no further.
2709 Harlem Rd, Cheektowaga, NY, 14086
While Polish isn’t the only fare on their menu, what Polska they do they do it well. While browsing through their menu, flip to the section called “Peter K’s Polish Favorites” and feast your eyes, then stomachs, on some of the best kuchnia around. The Platters let you sample the most options all at once, and if you’re feeling really ambitious go for the Polish Feast for Two that actually serves three. On Tuesdays you can eat as many of their homemade potato pancakes with eggs and sausage as your stomach can handle over the course of an hour for just $7.95. And in case you were wondering (which you were), the standing record for most cakes consumed in one sitting is 18.