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Podhalanka

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

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
WONDERFUL Polish Food

The food here is fabulous, the prices are even better. I've been here twice (once for dinner and once to pick up an order of pierogis that i took to a tailgate - they were a hit), and both times I thought I was lost, that I couldn't be in the right place. It is like walking into someone's home.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Emily K
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Chicago
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Chicago
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The food here is fabulous, the prices are even better. I've been here twice (once for dinner and once to pick up an order of pierogis that i took to a tailgate - they were a hit), and both times I thought I was lost, that I couldn't be in the right place. It is like walking into someone's home.... More 

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Thank Emily K
Boulder, Colorado
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216 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

...but I was really glad I'd read about the owner in advance. He does try to tell you what to order, and wasn't very gracious when I told him I was fine choosing for myself. Don't go for the atmosphere, comfortable surroundings, or pleasant wait staff. Go for the generous portions of fresh, delicious, authentic, and modestly priced Polish food.... More 

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Thank marcolius
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Place is rundown but clean. Owner/waiter insists on ordering for you like he is a friend. Once ordered plates are ala carte $11-12 each. Soup is extra and he chooses for you.Who does that?Food is average in a town full of great Polish diners. Once you order he drops the plates down then disappears until he drops the bomb $55.00... More 

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Thank 206JS
Oviedo, Florida
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is located in an old building with a severely faded sign out front. Only street parking is available and it can be alittle hard to find a spot. The restaurant appears that many years ago may have been a bar. They offer approximately five tables that seat six and a bar with stools. It does not appear that... More 

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Thank Ed B
Lake Mary, Florida, USA
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

We were lucky to eat an early lunch at Podhalanka when visiting Chicago recently. It was just before the dinner hour, but the owner/cook/babcia behind the counter said lunch was ready, so we dug in. The soups were wonderful. I had the zurek and Tommy the beef barley, both were wonderful. Our potato pancakes were great as well. But the... More 

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Thank LeonKonieczny
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for a Sunday dinner with family. There were 5 of us and since it was our first visit Greg (I think that was his name) said he would take good care of us, asked about our appetites and specific dishes whether we might like them or not. He set us up with a great and flavorful combination of... More 

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Thank DanielsExplore
Leon
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is not a fancy place and if you dare to go there is just because of the food. And the food is great. Operated by lovely old ladies who served and cooked all you wish from the spectacular polish cuisine: soups, pierogies, gołąbki, placki kartoflane,naleśniki, etc. Everything was simply delicious.

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1 Thank kaczerowski
Auburn, California
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88 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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Thank Barbara G
Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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1 Thank RML1
Flint, Michigan
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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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, European
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?