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Posted by Bob Moore on 11/16/2009
POLKA is teriffic. It's small and very popular, so make a reservation. You may still (or may not) wait a very few minutes, so calm down. It's easy to imagine that you're in the real deal in Poland. The decor furthers that impression, and the clear plastic with shells is the clincher. The food is very tasty and plentiful, so take an appetite. JOLLY GOOD says it all. Bob
Posted by Mike A on 11/07/2009
I saw this place on California's Gold and told a friend that I thought it might be nice to try something different. We showed up on a Sunday night at 6:15 and we were surprised to hear from the people in line ahead of us that they had been there two hours already! I hoped it would be worth the wait. My friend was not happy to imagine even waiting for one hour. I think we should have just left at that point. An obnoxious fat guy in line behind us kept boasting of his Polish heritage and saying that the long wait was punishment for everyone, including himself, who had ever told a Polish joke. I thought, "If I have to hear this dork's comments for two hours, I will go insane". Standing out in a strip mall next to their "garden" of dead or overgrown plants for an hour and fifteen minutes with a dork making comments should have been the cue for us to go elsewhere. I had to use the restroom a was led THROUGH THE KITCHEN (!!!) - passed the Latinas rolling meatballs - to what had to be the tackiest decorated bathroom I've ever been in - with a sculpture/lamp on the top of the toilet tank of an icky nude couple with the woman's arm holding a large purple glass ball for the light (!) and a funky clear acrylic toilet seat with seashells inside - I had to remind myself that I was not at a thrift store but waiting in line to EAT HERE! Under the RED lighting, burgundy lace curtains hang over dirty, peeling wallpaper and the walls are festooned with enough stuff to fill a thrift store. Let's see, there was the Thomas the Train figure that had real steam wafting from it's stack, a Tesla-inspired glass ball with bolts of electricity inside, a magazine rack, and all kinds of dusty knick knacks like plastic grapes, pigs dressed as waiters and way too many other things. Finally we were seated. The menu didn't have much variety and the prices seemed a bit high but I still hoped it would turn out alright. The server didn't bring our drinks (water & iced tea) until after we had been seated for about 15 minutes - well after the soup and salad courses were finished - and never offered to refill either glass. The food was tasty enough but not great for the most part and not worth the wait or the price. My overall feeling was that the restaurant seems dirty and the staff is not very professional and couldn't possibly be bothered to refill your drink. The people who rave about it must have sentimental reasons of their own for thinking it's worth the wait/price.
Posted by karenb on 12/03/2008
My mom took me to this restaurant. FANTASTIC. The price/value is on par with some of the pricier "ethnic" restaurants but honestly the food is made to order and wonderful. You get a lot. The stuffed cabbage was enough for 3 meals for me (granted I don't eat a lot but still). They do take reservations and that place does fill up. Yes it IS in a mini mall but do get over that aspect of it ... it's quaint and charming and the family that runs it are great. Sesame Seed Dressing is wonderful and they sell it by the bottle. Proceeds from the dressing go into the daughters (grand daughters?) college fund (her picture is on the dressing label). The meals are served with Soup and Salad ... I had the cucumber soup and it was out of this world (that was the soup they had that day). They also have a wonderful selection of teas! If you like authentic European food and atmosphere Polka is the place to go!
Posted by peoriagirl on 12/24/2007
Ok, it's in a mini-mall, but get over it - this place is great. Family run business with food you just won't get anywhere else. The restaurant's not very big, so if you don't like to wait, come early - definitely worth it!