Restaurants & Bars Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ziach Polish Foods

3Bros | | Nov 8, 2012 06:24 AM

I definitely thought this place warranted its own thread. Being of Polish descent, I've been meaning to check this place out for quite some time. Finally headed over there yesterday. After perusing the somewhat sparse shelves and picking up a few jars of pickles and mustards, I headed back to the freezer case where a good ten different varieties of pierogi’s and dumplings are. I pick up three different kinds (meat, sauerkraut and mushroom). These are defrosting as we speak and I can’t wait to tear into ‘em. The real star of this place, though, is the meat counter. Whoa. I was the only guy in the place and the clerk was a young, chatty guy. I left the place almost full after all the samples this kid gave me. Some of the real gems were: the Moscow ham, which is fatty and silky smooth and studded with garlic; the smoked juniper sausage, which I was afraid I wouldn't care for, but the subtle sweetness worked beautifully to cut the smoke and richness; they had some great, long snack sausages that will be a real treat in the deer stand this weekend; and the smoked garlic Polish sausage I cooked up last night was pure meat bliss. They were out of their sauerkraut and pickles, which I can’t wait to try. I’ll also be picking up their bacon pate because, well, it’s called bacon pate. The kid said it’s basically just lard and perfect to eat while drinking to prevent a hangover. I’m sold. He also told me that every Friday, one of the guys drives over to Chicago and back to fill their stock. All my life, I’ve been hearing Polish people say that Chicago has the best meat, but now I’m actually starting to believe them. Have you been here? What are your thoughts?

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