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Podhalanka

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Northwest Side
Polish
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1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642-3337
773-486-6655
Today
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Authentic homemade Polish food

Small place, linoleum tables and bar. No frills. BYOB. Just outstanding home cooked Polish food. Great cabbage soup, stuffed cabbage and I had a boiled beef with horseradish sauce that fell off my fork. Reasonably priced bordering on cheap. Clearly a family run place that's been around for years... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
RML1
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Chicago, Illinois
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Auburn, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Thought we'd try Polish food. This place was a hoot. It is very old-fashioned - family style tables and you'd better pay attention to what your waitress tells you because she's definitely the boss. She also said she is the cook, and she's been there for a really long time. The food was so-so and the atmosphere is 50's. It... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Small place, linoleum tables and bar. No frills. BYOB. Just outstanding home cooked Polish food. Great cabbage soup, stuffed cabbage and I had a boiled beef with horseradish sauce that fell off my fork. Reasonably priced bordering on cheap. Clearly a family run place that's been around for years. We will definitely be back!

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Flint, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

My coworker and I were in Chicago and she was hoping to eat at a polish restaurant, we found this one! We were pleasantly greeted by a woman with a thick polish accent, my coworker became very excited at that point! The decor was old and dated, but still comfortable. We ordered the stuffed cabbage, pierogis and cheese blintz. Everything... More 

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Saint John, Indiana
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223 reviews 223 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My neighbor saw this on TV recently & wrote down the address. Today was the day to visit the Polish Restaurant, we were off on an adventure. What a find!!! First of all it's just a little place on Division and Archer, snugged in between other businesses. When we walked in what a surprise, a cute little place, very clean,... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I stumbled onto this place after reading a local tabloid review online. I was up from Texas and a buddy and I gave it a try....pork shank and stuffed cabbage were both good so we returned with a group the next day and just told the lady (surely someone's mother and grandmother) to order for us. Great white borscht...great meatballs... More 

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travelpro123
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289 reviews 289 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stepping into this restaurant is opening the door to the kitchen at your grandmother's place. Similarly to the rules at my grandmother's house, we were also quickly told what to eat which I don't appreciate. Especially in somewhat 'weird' places such as this I really enjoy studying the menu and make my own choice, for better or worse. We went... More 

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Middlebury VT
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Best pierogis hands down. They had run out of the one we wanted so we ordered the sweet cheese even though I don't usually care for it much. I was expecting to stick to my borscht. The white borscht was good! But the pierogis pulled me away from it. They were incredible. Don't forget to peak your head into the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This restaurant is reminscent of the 1950's/60's in feel. The food is traditional Polish - solid and filling but good tasting. We had a mixed plate of Pierogi, potato pancakes and a pork stew between two and between that and the complimentary salad we were certainly full by the end of the meal. It was a quiet night at the... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Want to feel like you are eating at your Polish grandmother's house? Oh, don't have a Polish grandma? This place will stand in just fine. The decor is early American formica but that is part of its charm. The waitress (another Polish grandmother) was a bit brusque but at the end, she was so excited when she heard we came... More 

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Anaheim, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This dated restaurant serves some good polish food, but Staropolska on Milwaukee is a much better choice. As this was the first time in (and I did not read the previous reviews), I went with the servers suggestions and received too much food and too high of a bill. If you go, just choose your own entrees and bypass the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642-3337
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: 773-486-6655

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: Polish
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?