Thursday, October 3, 2013

Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck, Michigan

No trip to Detroit is complete for me without eating some of the city's famous cuisine. Sure, White Castle and Coney Island dogs are local delicacies, but for my money, there is no place better than the Polish Village Cafe to get a real taste of ethnic European Detroit. 

"A Taste of Poland" (Polish Plate)
Located in Hamtramck, a city within the city limits of Detroit, the restaurant is easy to access from the Interstate. The neighborhood is in good repair and reminds me of when I grew up in the Oakwood area of Detroit in the early 1950s. The business section appears lively and active.

As great as the kielbasa, golabki (stuffed cabbage), pierogi, and nalesniki (crepes) were, something else caught my palate, a dark Polish beer named Zywiec [je-vi-ets] Porter. It is surprisingly smooth with a 9.5% alcohol content that complements the ethnic delights this restaurant has to offer.

To learn more about The Polish Village Cafe, watch this short video:

Also, enjoy this fantastic animation of Poland's history:

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