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Thanksgiving at Polka.

cjla | Nov 29, 2004 08:54 PM

This year three of us went to one of my favorite little restaurants in LA, Polka. My husband and I eat at Polka about once a month, once it gets cooler outside. In previous years we've seen them advertise different catered affairs(New Years comes to mind) but this is the first one we've attended.

Polka is a small, Polish restaurant in Eagle Rock. Its a mom and pop(with adorable daughter) place, and is BYOB. The food there is always very good, with the outstanding thing always being the homemade soup. While Polka includes soup, salad, and dessert with normal dinners, Thanksgiving had more bells, whistles, and courses. The following is a rundown of our meal. The cost was, before drinks, $17.50 each.

We had reservations for 2:00, and were seated promptly.
1)Green pea soup. Very good. Had a lighter color of green than that of split pea soup.
2)Salad. Never bad, but never great. The salad at Polka has a vaguely Asian flair, with sesame dressing, and julienned vegetables, and mandarin orange slices.
3)Sausage appetizer. Slices of kielbasa, with carmalized onions and garlic. Good, but I prefer their spicy kielbasa, which deals a punch of horseradish to the nose. I understand that's not for everyone, though.
4)Turkey, accompanied by: white potatoes(with dill), sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, gravy, broccoli, and corn. This was all very good, plated at the table, which pleased me. I prefer dark meat, and that's what I got, while my companions got white meat. Our plates were very full, and all the food was nice and hot. Really, everything was just as I wanted it, and delicious.
5)Pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie was new to me, and better than most of the desserts I've had there. It wasn't overly sweet, and had a good crust.

The restaurant estimated the meals to last three hours, and we clocked in at 2hr15min. Polka isn't a fancy place, but it was the closest thing to family cooking at a restaurant I felt I could get on a holiday. Very good, and I would reccomend to anyone.

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