One Dish: Polish Platter at Staropolska in New Britain is a Must Try
Even in New Britain’s Little Poland section, which is brimming with Polish restaurants and delis, Staropolska stands out. At this comfort-food oasis you’re likely to hear Polish accents from the waitstaff as well as customers speaking in Polish, and can enjoy classic dishes like pierogies, potato pancakes and kielbasa. For those with Polish or Eastern European heritage, in general, the eatery offers dishes reminiscent of what parents and grandparents made. I opted for the Polish Platter, which provides a hearty and very full sampling of gołąbki (stuffed cabbage that is pronounced ga-WUMP-kee), kielbasa, bigos (a meat and cabbage stew), plus three pierogies and one potato pancake. The generously sized potato pancake was served with a side of sour cream and apple sauce reminiscent of the potato latkes my family eats during Hanukkah, but (apologies to my wife) even better tasting. The potato pierogies were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and the gołąbki was as good as any I’ve had. The bigos and mashed potatoes were also standouts. I am no amateur when it comes to eating large quantities of food, but the size of this platter left me unable to finish it all, no matter how hard I tried.
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