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Our Holiday Weekend Excersion to the Luchouse Polish Buffet in Clearwater...

deet13 | Sep 7, 2011 06:47 PM

Let me say in advance, that I wouldn't normally write about a buffet; but, the Luchouse is the only Polish Buffet in the Tampa Bay area (that I'm aware of). Thus IMHO, the restaurant qualifies as a bit of a novelty which should be brought to people's attention. So I decided to bring the place to the attention of a couple of the boys from my VFW chapter, and we decided to go check it out after slugging back a couple of cold ones at the canteen.

So onward to my opinion of the place. The Luchouse is a clean restaurant, and its simple decor is a bit on the Spartan side, and it's brightly lit. It's family owned and operated, and the service was good, plus our waitress patiently tolerated my butchery of her native Polish language.

The buffet is a bit on the small side, but I could live with that. Obviously the food being served is Central/Eastern European with a Polish flare, and it was pretty good. I think the best things on the buffet were the golabki (cabbage rolls), the pork chops, the bigos (Hunters Stew), and zurek (sour rye vegetable soup). My buddies liked the borscht, the meat croquettes, and the meatballs.

The downside was that because the restaurant is a dedicated buffet, you still have to deal with the hit and miss issues of freshness; but compared to most buffets, this really wasn't a huge issue. Plus there's a Gun store and the World of Beer right next door, which quickly made up for any issues we might have initially had with the place. We'll be going back.

Luchouse Polish Buffet

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