Try the Polish Platter

Polish Food in Metro Detroit

When you order a Polish platter around town, you better be hungry. Expect a heap of deliciousness that could include any combination of potato pancakes, pierogi, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and a side of kraut. Sour cream and applesauce, too, at these Polish restaurants.
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Downtown Detroit, Dearborn/Wayne, Oakland

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Authentic Polish Restaurants
  • Polonus in Wyandotte has dill pickle soup, melt-in-your-mouth city chicken and crispy potato pancakes. Try a combination plate.
  • Polonia Polish Restaurant in Hamtramck offers authentic cuisine, old-world atmosphere and Polish vodkas and beer to boot. It has been in biz for 40 years so you know the food is fantastic. Expand your culinary horizons by trying the smalec ze skwareczkami and pickles (Polish famous bread spread with bacon, bacon crumbs, fried onion and spices).
  • Ivanhoe Cafe is home of the Polish Yacht Club, just outside Hamtramck. Wait till you see the plate full of pickles and peppers that comes to the table. A mound of coleslaw pre-meal is also tradition. Sample the pierogi or go right for the kill and inhale several polish sliders: kielbasa, kraut and cheese on a bun.
  • Try Three Brothers in Plymouth, where regulars are quick to recommend the chicken dumpling soup, the kraut pierogies and the nalesniki aka Polish-style crepes.
  • Wawel Polish Restaurant is in the Polish American Cultural Center in Troy, so be sure to check out the Polish-style goings-on posted on the activities calendar. That is, of course, after you take your fill of the Wawel Platter. They fit so many items on the plate – from kielbasa, kraut and meatballs to pierogi, stuffed cabbage and city chicken. And you cannot leave without sampling the dill pickle soup. Some say it’s to die for.
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Where to Buy Pierogi

Metro Detroit has a number of stand-alone shops selling their own homemade Polish dumplings by the dozen. Fresh or frozen, ready for you to fry, boil or saute at home and serve.

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Don't Forget Dessert

Yes, Hamtramck has awesome bakeries baking up classic Polish sweets. Angel wings (fried dough covered with powdered sugar) and kolacky (flaky pastries filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppy seed paste).

Suggestion: If you happen to be in town on Fat Tuesday (that’s the day before Lent begins, which usually falls sometime in February) get a paczki or three from one of these storefronts. Super dense, jelly filled and meant to sustain your sweet tooth through the 40 days of Lent. Yeah, you can get paczki elsewhere, but a Hamtramck-made paczki is WAY better. Trust us.

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One-of-a-Kind Polish Finds
  • Visit the Polish Art Center in Hamtramck. This Hamtramck original is one of the country’s premier emporiums of Polish cultural and traditional goods. The selection of authentic souvenirs is unparalleled. The Polish pottery is intricate and colorful. The pisanki eggs and paper chandeliers (pajaki) are magical. And there’s a great selection of Polish candy, too.
  • Spend a day at the Hamtramck Public Library. It has a large collection of books in Polish and hosts a variety of educational programs year-round.
  • Take the family to the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. Held Memorial Day weekend, this classic is Michigan’s largest county fair with food, food and food, along with a carnival midway and a Vegas tent. Unique Polish souvenirs.
  • The American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights hosts the American Polish Festival & Craft Show on its grounds each year. It features live polka music, Polish dance ensemble performances, a pierogi-eating challenge and a fine selection of crafters. Lots of Polish food.
  • In town on Labor Day. Attend the annual Polish Day Parade on Jos. Campau in downtown Hamtramck. Considered one of the largest ethnic parades in the state of Michigan.

Photo credit: Polish Art Center eggs by Bill Bowen

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Polonia Polish Restaurant
    2934 Yemans St., Hamtramck, MI 48212313-873-8432 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Polonus
    1744 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192734-283-3530 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Ivanhoe Cafe
    5249 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48211313-925-5335 Highlight on map
  4. Three Brothers
    8825 General Dr, Plymouth, MI 48170734-416-3393 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Wawel Polish Restaurant
    American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083248-689-3636 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Jennie's Pierogies, Garden City
    6659 Middlebelt Rd, Garden City, MI 48135734-523-0911 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Jennie's Pierogies, Warren
    31100 Hoover Rd, Warren, MI 48093586-983-5256 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Lila's Pierogi
    27811 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154734-421-7444 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Kielbasa Joe
    1200 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192734-282-8207 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. The Little Pierogi & Crepe Kitchen
    734-639-0877
  11. People's Pierogi Collective
    2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-822-0885 Highlight on map
  12. New Palace Bakery
    9833 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212313-875-1334 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. New Martha Washington Bakery
    10335 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212313-872-1988 Highlight on map
  14. Polish Art Center
    9539 Jos Campau Ave., Hamtramck, MI 48212313-874-2242 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Hamtramck Public Library
    2360 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212313-733-6821 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. St. Mary's Polish Country Fair
    3535 Commerce Rd Orchard Lake, MI 48324248-706-6775 Highlight on map
  17. The American-Polish Century Club
    33204 Maple Ln, Sterling Heights, MI 48312586-264-7990 Highlight on map | More Details