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SF Bay Area Polish Food Recap

Krys | Feb 25, 2005 03:46 AM

As a Polish American in the Bay Area, getting my Polish food fix isn’t easy. There is no one stop place, but here’s the places that I’ve found to date. If you have a source for good Kielbasa or other Polish food, please post.

The first list briefly notes the foods I like best in each store. Most of these stores have Polish and Eastern European groceries, breads, meats, cheeses and dairy products. Links to detailed posts are at the end.

BERKELEY BOWL, BERKELEY – Acme canned herring

CROSSROADS WORLD MARKET, HAYWARD/PALO ALTO – Seven types of sweet and savory pierogi

DELIKATESKI, CONCORD - Eastern European beers, cold cuts, hams, sausages, poppy seed rolls

DITTMER'S GOURMET MEATS & WURST-HAUS, MOUNTAIN VIEW – House made kielbasa, meats and cold cuts

EUROPEAN FOODS, SF – Large selection of cold cuts, groceries, frozen goods, sausages but not the best quality in terms of Polish foods.

MILK PAIL, MOUNTAIN VIEW – Carries bread and baked goods from most Bay Area European style bakers.

MOSCOW AND TBILIS BAKERY STORE, SF - Rye bread, Polish style donuts

NEW WORLD MARKET, SF – Hot & cold deli food, smoked fish, cold cuts

OLD KRAKOW, SF – The only Polish restaurant in the Bay Area, and an extremely poor example of it. As I say below, it would be better to have no Polish Restaurant in the Bay Area if this is the only option.

PALO ALTO BAKING COMPANY, PALO ALTO – Flour dusted light rye bread. The only decent Eastern European style bread in the Bay Area at this time.

POLISH DELI,PALO ALTO – Top Quality Polish Sausages and cold cuts from Chicago

QUALITY MARKET, SF - Great kielbasa from NY, Some in house bakery items

RENATA'S BAKERY & CAFÉ, CAMPBELL – Stuffed cabbage with dill

RUSSIAN BISTRO TEA HOUSE, CAMPBELL – No specific Polish Items. Mainly Russian

RUSSIAN CAFÉ & DELI. CAMPBELL – Chicago Kielbasa, NY cold cuts, frozen pierogi

SAMOVAR DELI AND BAKERY, MOUNTAIN VIEW – Pastries, Deli

SAUL’S DELICATESSEN, BERKELEY - Fresh red beet horseradish, whitefish, herring in sour cream.

SEAKOR POLISH DELICATESSEN, SF & CAMPBELL - Outstanding dried Polish mushrooms, house-made Polish sausages, cold cuts and Polish cheesecake (weekends only). Easter lamb-shaped butter.

TOWER MARKET, SF – Smoked whitefish (holiday season only)

WINMART, SUNNYVALE – Fresh deli dishes (stuffed cabbage), pickles, dairy products


I haven’t tried the following yet:

Babushka Russian Deli, Walnut Creek
Cinderella Bakery, SF
Ferry Building, SF – Have not tried smoked fish from seafood vendors yet
Kumar's Island Market, SJ – Stephan’s Kielbasa (SJ sausage maker)
Russian Family Bakery & Deli, San Bruno

If all else fails, Mail order sources

PIEROGI PALACE, CLEVELAND, OH – 100 flavors of pierogi

http://piepal.com/welcome.ftml

LINKS AND ADDITIONAL INFO

BERKELEY BOWL, BERKELEY

The Bowl carries Acme herring from Brooklyn which is some of the best canned herring I’ve tried. The herring in sour cream is excellent also,

http://www.acmesmokedfish.com/wholesa...

CROSSROADS WORLD MARKET

February 02, 2005
Eastern European Section in Mountain View
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

DELIKATESKI

January 19, 2005
Real Polish poppyseed hard rolls at Delikateski
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

DITTMER'S GOURMET MEATS & WURST-HAUS

January 22, 2005
Dittmer's – Smoked lamb ribs, sausages and cold cuts
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

EUROPEAN FOODS
MOSCOW AND TBILIS BAKERY STORE
NEW WORLD MARKET
QUALITY MARKET

July 02, 2003
New World Market & Eastern European Eats
HTTP://WWW.CHOWHOUND.COM/CALIFORNIA/B...

MILK PAIL

February 04, 2005
The Milk Pail has EVERY bread – Artisan, Eastern European
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

KUMAR'S ISLAND MARKET, SJ

February 25, 2005
SJ - Kumar's Island Market
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

OLD KRAKOW

“Polish food is, in a word, unchallenging.” wrote a Chowhound in the link below from a Chowdown at Old Krakow.

As a Polish American, that is exactly why I despise this restaurant. People who are unfamiliar with the cuisine think that this is representative of Polish food. It would be better if the Bay Area had no Polish Restaurant if the only choice is Old Krakow.

September 08, 2004
old krakow (long
)http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

PALO ALTO BAKING COMPANY

February 20, 2005
Canneles at Palo Alto Baking Company, Palo Alto
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

POLISH DELI

February 20, 2005
Polish deli - Palo Alto - Excellent sandwiches !!!
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

RENATA'S BAKERY & CAFÉ

February 22, 2005
Renata's Bakery & Cafe – Caucasian Russian – Tarragon soda
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

RUSSIAN BISTRO TEA HOUSE

February 22, 2005
Russian Bistro Tea House and South Bay Piroski Crawl
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

RUSSIAN CAFÉ & DELI

February 22, 2005
Campbell - Russian Café & Deli – Cafe - Nyet, Deli - Da
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

SAMOVAR DELI AND BAKERY

February 02, 2005
Samovar Deli and Bakery – the Best Borscht, Bakery
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

SAUL’S DELICATESSEN, BERKELEY

The best item at Saul’s Deli is the fresh grated red beet horseradish. Except for my grandmothers, I haven’t had any better. Ask if it is not in the deli case.

Saul’s has herring and white fish, but it is EXTREMELY expensive. The herring is $12.99 lb. The whitefish is $18. While the quality is good, the prices should not be that high. I only buy if I can’t find these items elsewhere.

The herring in sour cream is outstanding. There is a delicate sour cream sauce, fresh dill, red onions and good quality herring. There is a pleasant sweetness.

I dislike the herring in wine sauce. In this case the sweetness is not good and there is too much going on with onions, spices and those awful coriander seeds.

White fish is good, moist and a little salty. The whitefish at Tower Market is better quality and less expensive

SEAKOR POLISH DELICATESSEN

February 21, 2005
The Seakor Polish Deli Chain has Paczki
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

TOWER MARKET

October 03, 2002
Dreaming of Smoked Fish (Sable, and Peppered Mackerel
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

WINMART

June 23, 2003
Russian / Polish Paradise
http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

In the 1990’s a significant number of Polish immigrants moved to the San Jose area. I keep hoping that will translate into more restaurants, any bakery, and some good delis. I keep checking the Polish Churches in the area for any food related events.

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