Just in time for momskitchen, who will spend months* in Warren trying to sell a house (momskithchen’s Mom’s house), a new Polish restaurant opened up on Van Dyke, just north of 696, named IzaBela’s Kitchen.
*momskitchen, I’m not trying to be pessimistic about the home sale, but I’m fresh off a very agonizing experience of my own from seven months ago at 13 Mile and Lorraine…
IzaBela’s is in a typical Warren mini strip mall, and has three tables and a TV, but primarily sells takeout (no delivery). The family who runs the place speaks with a Polish accent, and all the menu items are listed in both Polish and English. The offerings are not exotic. You can find most (not all) of them at the average DTW “Polish” joint. But IzaBela’s food differs in that it exceeds expectations rather than disappoints. IzaBela’s does Polish in a very modest, though truly homecooked manner, as opposed to using the cover “Polish” to schlep awful cafeteria food under the guise of “ethnic cuisine.”
I usually go for the combo plate at a Polish restaurant, but a combo plate at IzaBela’s basically means you get two a la carte items at the regular price, plus 50% off on a side of mashed potatoes. I’d like to see more creativity on the combos, particularly at lunchtime. So, I just picked from the a la carte menu. The stuffed cabbage was very, very nice ($1.75 for a nice big roll with mild tomato sauce). It screamed fresh homemade, and was precisely/delicately herbed. Not gourmet, but a must try.
I thought the kielbasa was good. My friend thought it was excellent. Izabela apparently thought it was excellent, too, because she became incredulous when my friend tried to find out from where he could source the sausage. The kielbasas are cross hatched and then (seemingly) deep or shallow fried until the surface is mahogany and crispy. The pierogies are a must have! I tried the one filled with farmer’s cheese and it was topped with sautéed onions and bacon. Yum. Six for $4.50. The beet salad seems made in house from roasted beets. Very earthy. Maybe a little too salty, though. Otherwise, a quite healthy choice.
The soup du jour was Sorrel soup. Again, winning and very homemade-ish. I can’t wait to try more of their homemade soups, particularly the pickle soup served on Wednesdays. I also tried the “hunter’s stew” (Bigos). Not being an expert, this left me confused. It simply was sauerkraut that had been sautéed with little pieces of sausage until all free liquid had been boiled away, just leaving it still a bit moist/mushy. I almost thought they gave me the wrong thing, but I guess it was a legit version of bigos. And I liked it, regardless.
If you are already in the area, and drop by with reasonable expectations, you will leave very full and and even more happy. 27540 Van Dyke. Closed on weekends!!!