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Podhalanka

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1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642-3337
773-486-6655
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Don't expect white linens and fine china here - definitely a retro-diner environment, plastic tablecloths, unmatched silverware, weird display of Polish souvenirs and icons, TV with Polish music videos playing behind the counter. My girlfriend and I went along and allowed Greg, our waiter, to order for us and weren't disappointed. The soup was full of kielbasa slices and had... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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130 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The girlfriends and I went to Polish Museum where Fred enthusiastically recommended Podhalanka. Since we were raised in Polish or Ukrainian households, our taste buds were ready for a blast from the past. What you've read in other reviews is true - the owner will shanghai you and start bringing out all sorts of goodies. Let him - it's all... More 

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Thank Karen R
Toronto, Canada
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357 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

We were told to check this place out when in Chicago, but we were pretty disappointed. The owner forces his choices on the patrons, pretty much forcing them to pay more than they were expecting to by not really being clear about what they ordered. The food portions are decent, but not really for the price, and the quality of... More 

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Thank FirstCircle
Chicago
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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Boulder, Colorado
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230 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 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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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Oviedo, Florida
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47 restaurant reviews
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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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Lake Mary, Florida, USA
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137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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 LakeMaryFoodCritic
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13 restaurant reviews
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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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Leon
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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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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$12
Cuisine
Polish, Eastern European, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?