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G Wiv | Sep 28, 2003 10:23 PM

Stopped in for a light lunch at Mike G's pick of Smak-Tak Polish restaurant earlier this week. I realize that a polish restaurant is the wrong place to go is one is looking for a light meal, but Smak-Tak accommodated me quite well.

I had the borscht and blintz combo for $3.50. The warm beet borscht, topped with fragrant dill, was served in a large mug with a blintz snugged up to the side. The blintz was not the typical blintze that one encounters, being being about an inch and a half in diameter, filled with ground meat and rolled in bread crumbs before being pan fried.

This 'soup' blintz, which I last encountered at Halina's served along side a cup of white borscht when Ellen and I had dinner with The Mayor of Chicago Chowhound, Vital Information, and one of his Chowhounditas, was quite delicious and a perfect accompaniment to the borscht. I am wondering if this isn't a specific blintz derivation that is only served with soup.

One thing that really impressed me about Smak-Tak was the incredible cleanliness, everything in the restaurant sparkled and the bathroom was a testament to someone's addition to Comet cleanser.

Mike was particularly fond of the cheese blintzes, which I will be sure to order on my next visit. I will link to Mike's original Smak-Tak post.

Smak-Tak Polish Restaurant
5961 N. Elston Ave.
Closed on Monday

5914 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, Il 60630


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