After stops at Ajé Cafe and Binny's, then a walk around Wrigleyville, our dinner stop was closer to our home base. http://www.chowhound.com/post/aje-caf... I could not leave Chicago without trying a Polish restaurant. Stepping into Staropolska was a look at a different side of Logan Square. Rustic and old world rather than hipster in decor and gracious service complete with Polish accents.
Beet soup with sauerkraut filled Lithuanian dumplings, $5.99, was a strong start with a beefy-beetroot broth and delicate dumplings. Pierogis (half meated, half potato & cheese), $8.99, were so soggy, heavy and water-logged, the low point of this meal, surprisingly. From the vegetarian menu, Zucchini pancakes with goat cheese, $7.99, injected lighter, greener flavors to the repast, glad I tried them. Favorite dish turned out to be Stuffed cabbage served with mashed potatoes, $9.49, for the freshness of the cabbage, finely textured meat and rice filling, and especially the savory tomato-based saucing. For dessert, Kolaczki, $3.99, turned out to be rich cream cheese-based cookies with thumbprints of jam and custard rather than something closer to Czech-style kolachy that I thought our server was describing.
When we arrived, the restaurant was filled with several large parties enjoying an early Sunday supper. By the time we left at 7:30pm, there were only four other customers eating and a couple at the bar watching the game.
Our dinner at Staropolska was satisfying and comforting, plus the low prices provided some financial relief to balance out the earlier splurges. If I lived nearby, this is the kind of place that I might drop in on a couple times a year for a change of pace. Low key and not challenging, Staropolska was a good spot to end Day 3 of my visit.
3030 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618