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“Delicious food, fun atmosphere”
Review of Szalas Restaurant - CLOSED

Szalas Restaurant
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Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Southwest Side
Corvallis, Oregon
Level Contributor
87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Delicious food, fun atmosphere”
Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

We dined here on a recommendation by our motel. We had to be "admitted" my ringing a doorbell. The restaurant is decorated like an eastern European dining establishment, and pretty well done. The food is definitely eastern European in flavor. Prices are reasonable and servings are generous. I ordered the sampler plate for $14.95 and got sausage, a cabbage roll, potato pancake, four perogis, a side of sauerkraut, and a small portion of steamed vegetables. Oh, and two sides were included with my entree. (Did I say the servings are generous?). The service was prompt and friendly. We're really glad we tried Szalas Restaurant in Chicago. If we get back to Chicago, we'll have to eat here again.

Thank mcnicolb
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14 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun experience”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Ventured on the EL, had a stop just a few blocks from this funky place. The door is locked and you need to ring a bell in order to get in. The decor is what I assume is authentic, though this was my first visit to a Polish restaurant. The appetizer tray held some little potato (?) circles with 2 spreads - was was a salty cheese type of spread, the other was some sort of lard spread. The dinner menu has something for everyone and was difficult to choose an entree. The Highlander Special was very good, tons of food. The carrot slaw was good, though was a bit too bitter, not as sweet as other carrot slaw/salad I've had. Sampled the pierogi and turkey cutlet a la Szala's from others in our group. The pierogis were wonderful; the turkey cutlet was a bit on the dry side but interesting with the almond coating. When we return I'm going to just feast on pierogis with different fillings (sweet cheese!) The handwritten receipt was in Polish, had to divided it up based mainly on price of our entrees. A great experience, even for someone unfamiliar with Polish cuisine

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank ATSgrl
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Bloomington, Indiana
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63 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Abundance of food”
Reviewed October 22, 2010

This is a new restaurant near Mid-Way Airport in Chicago. We were a party of 11 people, and had the restaurant almost to ourselves on a Friday evening. The ambience was great. It is built like a hunting lodge in the Mts. of Southern Poland in the Carpathians. Having been to that part of the world it is quite authentic. The menu was excellent and had an attractive choice of authentic Polish dishes. The fruit filled perogi were wonderful.I had the borsht with meat roll, very good, as was the stuffed cabbage. Others in the party had the meat tartar,stuffed mushrooms, each order was sufficient for at least two people. One of those present thought the amount of food was extravagant, since no one finished the full portion. The service was friendly, although a bit slow since everything is cooked from scratch. There is plenty of parking across the road, and interestingly one has to pull a rope attached to a bell to enter. It is like going to a private home. We all had an enjoyable evening.The restaurant is kid friendly, again big portions.

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2 Thank Wolfe
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