A Review of Cafe Poland
Let me start by saying that I’m a somewhat picky eater. I do like to try new things in small quantities, but I would by no means classify myself as adventurous. Cafe Poland is one of those special hole-in-the-wall spots that the Columbia food community values so much. Having read a slew of positive reviews about the establishment, I finally decided to give it a try.
I put in an order for potato and cheese pierogies. I wanted to play it safe since I had never had Polish food before. I also wasn’t 100% sure what a perogie was, but I figured they were somewhat like dumplings.
As I waited for my order, I got a better feel for the place. The environment is cozy, with old tv shows gently playing in the background as customers chit chat. As someone who frequents a lot of local restaurants, Cafe Poland had its own unique factor. The small restaurant sits 20, and is about as no-frills as you can get. My pierogies came in under 5 minutes on a styrofoam plate with a dollop of sour cream.
When I took my first apprehensive bite, I understood why the place has a 4.7/5 rating on Yelp. The food is good. I could tell my order was made from scratch with quality ingredients, and it was cooked just right. The potato and cheese combo was pretty mild, and the carmelized onions on top were a nice punch of flavor. My plate of pierogies left me feeling satisfied for the rest of the work day.
Overall, my first trip to Cafe Poland was good. I think I’ll get more adventurous and try the beef pierogies next time; or even branch out into the peach or blueberry soup. I’ll also say that the free coffee with my meal was an unexpected bonus.