Having quite a bit of Polish blood swimming in both my and my wife's veins, we are always looking to find some good 'ol Polish food. Our family recently ate at Polonia Polish Restaurant (1900 Blalock, Suite R, near the corner of Blalock and Campell - 713-464-9900). This place is located right next door to an excellent Polish deli, and I understand they are under common ownership.
Although not an expert in Polish food, the dishes generally seemed authentic, and the menu certainly was. We had a marinated herring appetizer which was loved by the one full blood Pole (my mother in law), but I found it a bit too... Not what I was used to? We also ordered a mixed plate of pierogi as an additional appetizer, and these were magnificent! The traditional potato and cheese were great, but I especially enjoyed the hearty flavor of the sauerkraut and mushroom pierogi!
Just because it looked so interesting, we also ordered a "sour rye soup with sausage and egg." I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out great! Almost like a Polish "sweet and sour" soup. Try it! My only complaint was that the soup came out of the kitchen warm, but not hot.
For mains, we had the bigos (a traditional mixed dish of sauerkraut and sausage), breaded pork cutlet, and beef rolada. The bigos was a wonderful mix of flavors and textures, and was served with good mashed potatos. I didn't try the cutlet, but my father in law seemed to enjoy! My wife had the beef rolada, tender strips of beef rolled with sauce. My wife had these served with dumplings instead of potatos, which I found a bit heavy (but that is the point, I suppose). All the dishes were served with different slaws and salads (including a cucumber salad which my mother in law had been preparing for decades).
One more interesting note - when the bread is put on the table, it is served with both butter AND pork lard. This was a bizzare surprise to most of us, but brought back memories of her Polish childhood to my mother in law! (I tried it - it was a bit funky for me.)
Overall, my impressions of this restaurant were very good. I would give it a "B" and do plan to return. My wife thought it a "B+", and is REALLY happy that there is such a good Polish place in this city. The two places for improvement would be: a) the food could come out of the kitchen a little bit hotter; and b) the food, overall, was somewhat bland. This may be as a result of the type of cuisine rather than the individual restaurant though.
Any comments? Questions? Anyone else eaten there?j