If you don’t like cryptic titles, you probably aren’t reading this. I was in Chicago on business this week, and I had dinner at Smak-Tak!, a Polish-American restaurant, on Wednesday night. When I came in the tv was playing a Polish language sitcom. The lady who waited on me clearly didn’t speak English as her first language, but she must have noticed my Kansas City marathon shirt. A few minutes later I noticed that she had changed the channel to NBC Universal, which was showing a re-run of the Paris marathon. Coincidence? I think not.
I had a delicious meal – white borscht, some potato pancakes, and a grilled kielbasa with a fanastic sauerkraut side.
I get to indulge my Greek heritage food-wise a lot more than my Polish heritage. There’s a dearth of Polish restaurants where I live. On the other hand, it seems Greeks gravitate to the restaurant business (my grandfather included). Just about everywhere I’ve ever lived, there’s at least a “Pizza and Steak” Greek restaurant with a few Greek dishes on the menu, if not a full-blown Greek-focused menu.
Btw, MARATON is Polish for marathon!
That sounds great — good food & good running entertainment. A Polish restaurant I have frequented in Chicago is the Red Apple (they have a couple of locations on Milwaukee Ave.) — all you can eat buffet — plenty of starch & meat. I do not recall ever seeing a TV so you would only go for the food & immigrant atmosphere.
I miss my Babcia making some Plotski (potato pancakes). Sounds like another place I will need to try on my next trip to Chicago.