Sadly (I hope not ominously), we were the only ones enjoying the somewhat surprising comfort of the sturdy, bright wooden furniture last Thursday evening from 7:30-9-ish, with the exception of one Polish-speaking gentleman.
Split pea and beet soup (not sure if this was the prviously reviewed Ukranian beet soup) got solid, if unspectacular reviews. I particularly enjoyed the beet soup, though it wasn't very beet-y. A little tomato-y, which was fine with me. The soups were definitely solid comfort values in this comfortless, endless winter.
The Polish plate was, as stated in other reviews, a successful and reliable survey. Nothing mind-blowing, but the stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and pierogies were all more than competent. Thursday was goulash night, and I was a bit disappointed. The meat was quite separate on the plate (maybe having it mixed in is Hungarian, not Polish, but what do I know?), but that wasn't the problem. Some of the chunks (say, 4 of 6)were simply undercooked. Not raw, just not braised/stewed long enough to be tender. Sauce/gravy was standard, and the pile of buckwheat was, well, a pile of buckwheat. Nice side of pickles though ;-)
The highlight was definitely the potato pancakes. Not necessarily the best recipe (not that anything was lacking), but we got them fresh fresh fresh! We had to wait a little while for them (our waitress politely notified us that we'd have to wait a little longer for them), but wow! Sour cream was disappointing ("bulk quality") to my comrades, and they had no apple sauce, which is how I was brought up, for what it's worth.
They now have several beers on the premises, including the hypercolor-coldness-labeled Zywiec (sp?).
Total bill for four hungry monkeys seemed a shade under what I pay at B&C to cook dinner myself. Though it's not quite up to its Chicago cousins, I'm quite glad we have this option in our fair town, and I hope it's here for the long haul.
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