Polish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Polonia Houston's Best and Only Polish Restaurant? Sounds Right.

    Polonia says it's the only restaurant in Houston serving authentic Polish food. Don't waste your time, however, on determining the relative veracity of this claim if you're in the mood for pierogi, stuffed cabbage, barszcz, bigos, etc. Theirs are amazing and your time is better spent eating than sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Homemade Pierogi

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're covering the famed Polish pierogi. Pierogi are a type of dumpling popularized in Eastern Europe. While the ori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Eating Through the Eastern Bloc in Houston

    When people think about food from the former Soviet Union, the first two ingredients that come to mind are dill and sour cream. But there is much more to the diverse cuisines of the USSR and former Soviet Satellites and Houston has the Russian, Polish, Czech and Bosnian eateries to prove it. Let's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Bloody Good: Where to Partake of Palatable Plasma

    When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it. "I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding." Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Top 5 Stouffer's Lean Cuisine Meals

    Lean Cuisine meals are not my favorite Stouffer's product; that honor definitely goes to their frozen, family-size macaroni and cheese. If, however, I ate a vat of that luscious cheesy goodness every day my doctor would not be happy. Although I try to make my own (non-processed) healthful snacks, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Upcoming Events: French Wine, Polish Sausage and Greek Gyros for Everyone

    After a highly successful guest sommelier series at Phil's Wine Lounge, wine whiz Vanessa Trevino Boyd is raring to go again. This time, the Philippe sommelier is hosting a new summer series starting on Wednesday, May 22. Phil's Wine Lounge -- located on the first floor of Philippe -- will host tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ringing in the New Year, Polish Style

    Don't be fooled by my mick-tastic name; I'm actually a quarter Polish (and damn proud of it!). Growing up I spent a significant amount of the winter holidays stuffing my face with my nanny's terrific onion pierogi . The fact that we never stayed with my grandparents through the first of January wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Take Your Pick of Avocado, Snails and Beer

    Fed up with Cinco de Mayo? Just want to do something different from the rest of the crowd this weekend? Then head out to the 6th annual Polish Festival this weekend. The two-day festival will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (1731 Blalock Drive) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Cooler Heads Prevail

    See if you can guess what I am now.​The cool weather is finally on its way, and that means movie nights in Market Square Park will be gearing up once again. This month, look for a screening of Animal House presented by the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Septemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Houston 101: The Polish In Houston Today And Yesterday

    ​The recent Polish air catastrophe that claimed the life of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife and almost 100 other members of that country's political elite has opened a window on to Houston's Polish community. Who knew it was still thriving enough to support its own church? Well, it is. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #82 Kielbasa on a Sizzling Comal at Polonia, 1900 Blalock

    ​ Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage

    ​My mother made stuffed cabbage; my grandmother made stuffed cabbage. My earliest food memories involve stuffed cabbage (we Ruthenians call it holupki). And as you might expect, I have always preferred stuffed cabbage made exactly the way my mom and grandma made it -- beef and rice rolls in ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Kolache Crawl: Klobasneks

    ​On the left, Hruska's pan sausage and cheese kolache, on the right, Weikel's link sausage kolache. I loved them both. But the slightly dried, peppery link sausage inside of Weikel's version put it over the top. However, I am told that these sausage kolaches aren't really kolaches at all. Saus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Hop On Board: Houston Culinary Tours Embarking Soon

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Have you ever wanted to cruise around with one of your favorite chefs, picking their brains as you hit his favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the city? Your chance to do just that is coming soon. Whole Foods Market and the Houston Convention and Visitor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    MEATSPLOSION!​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've finally secured the patent on sourdough incense. This week started off with a bang, when Greenway Barista slammed the Luling City Market on Richmond, which is actually unaffiliated with the actual market in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Tex-Pole Kielbasa on a Sizzling Comal

    ​I was singing "Kielbasa" by Tenacious D when the gorgeous blond waitresses delivered my hot sausage on a sizzling comal at Polonia restaurant on Blalock the other day. "I love ya baby, but all I can think about is Kielbasa sausage." Next time I go to a flea market and see some those flat, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Pickles, Mustard and Pierogi

    ​I am not sure the Polish food store beside Polonia actually has a name. The sign just says "Kielbasa, Golabki, Pierogi." The store is justly famous for its fabulous jelly-filled paczki doughnuts and outrageous kabonosy and kielbasa. (They fly in 600 pounds of sausage from Chicago each week.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Where Are We Eating?

    Yes, those are pierogies. No, this isn't Poland. Can you guess where in Houston we aquired these treats in this week's Where Are We Eating?   Leave your best guess in the comments section below.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Grab Some Kielbasa

    Anytime I find myself anywhere near the Polish food store next to Polonia restaurant at 1900 Blalock, I stop in and buy six or eight kabonosy sausage. I am guessing the long skinny Eastern European pork sausages were the inspiration for Slim Jims--both varieties of dried sausage are eaten as a snack ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2008
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    June 6, 2008
  • Dining

    December 6, 2007

    Balkan Grill & Market

    Try the hearty soups and stews at this fancy new Bosnian restaurant, or just hang out and drink Turkish-style coffee

  • Home Entertainment

    April 19, 2007

    Cooking Mama

    for the Wii looks good enough to eat

  • Dining

    January 4, 2007
  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    The Measure of Kielbasa

    Real Polish sausage is a lot more exciting than the nasty Polska kielbasa they sell at the grocery store

  • Dining

    July 31, 2003

    Food Fitness Center

    Tofu comes with 'tude at the vegetarians' sterile Soya Cafe

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Polish Restaurant

    Janina's Restaurant

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Deli

    Kenny & Ziggy's

  • Dining

    February 3, 2000

    Bear Hug

    You can't say nyet to Cafe East's hearty Russian menu and family charm

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999

    Stoli Moments

    For Russians, eating out means more than just food

  • Dining

    December 12, 1996

    A Night in Old Moscow

    Svetlana offers a taste of Mother Russia -- in more ways than one

  • Dining

    May 18, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    Tales of the City

  • Dining

    July 7, 1994

    Taste of Russia

    Yakov's Deli proves there is more to the bear than borscht (though the borscht ain't bad)