During my impecunious college years, several friends & I would drive down to Marquette Park for large, wonderful, cheap meals in Lithuanian restaurants. Nida was the favorite. There are many Polish restaurants serving "European" food that fill the large, wonderful, cheap meal slot, but I REALLY miss the Lithuanian baked goods, espcially the bacon-filled yeast buns. And the apricot cream napoleons. Is anyone still making these wonderful things? And are any of them close to the NW side of the city?
And a question that keeps nagging at me....why do so many Polish restaurants/delis bill themselves as "European"? They're clearly Eastern European....and it contrasts oddly with the clear pride that most Poles I know feel about their heritage.