I was intending to go to Anna's Hungarian Kitchen for a first time yesterday but they were closed on Tuesdays...
So I pulled out my list of places I'd been meaning to go to and hit Cafe Polonia in Dorchester.
I have to say, I was a bit hesitant because the place had received only mixed reviews on this board.
However, I give the place rave reviews. I can only imagine that the previous reviewers did not have any Eastern European blood coursing through their veins, or just don't go in for this type of food.
The sorrel soup, served warm, was delicate, complex and wonderful.
The borscht, a slightly weak note, was served cold, and was basically just the standard beet-based affair.
The mains were excellent. My buddy had the chicken with mushrooms. A delicately battered and fried cutlet that was very tasty. It was accompanied by separate green and red cole slaw, pickles, and a heap of sauteed mushrooms and veggies. Every bite was delicious.
I had the "polish plate" very nice pierogi, tasty sausage, and a whole stuffed cabbage, accompanied by a huge plate of sauer kraut (sp?) laden with smokey delicious sausage.
I forgot my favorite touch. The bread basket was accompanied by lard that they had rendered themselves with some cracklings in the lard. The lard was delicate and lovely, not at all what I usually think of lard, even if I do have a certain tightness in my chest this morning... gasp.
I would eat there again in a strained heartbeat. Really delightful tasty, homey food, that was at least as good as the Choucroute I had at Sandrines for 3X the money.
We also had 2 large polish beers and split 3 forgettable crepes (blintzes really) for dessert.
The whole thing, soup, main, dessert, beers, and tip was $43 for the two of us. The only problem was walking to the door.
Café Polonia (617) 269-0110
611 Dorchester Ave