The Best Polish Restaurants In Detroit, Michigan

Benjamin M. Smith

Due to Detroit’s industrial success at the turn of the century, a rapidly increasing Polish immigrant group found steady employment and security in the area’s promising economy. Today the area is home to some of the best Polish food in the city. These are our favorites.

Polish Village Café

1. Polish Village Café

Restaurant, Polish

From its origins as a gentleman’s hotel in the Prohibition era, to cellar beer garden throughout the 60s and 70s, the Polish Village Café has had a long history in Hamtramck. It has spanned multiple owners and various enterprises. Through the efforts of the Wietrzykowski family, and their chef named Zosia, this restaurant has become the pride and joy of the Hamtramck Polish community. It is now known nation-wide. Come here for fresh pierogi and one amazing dill pickle soup.

2. Sabina’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Polish

For the best Polish food found downriver head to Sabina’s Restaurant. This family-owned restaurant is powered by a hard-working husband and wife duo. The space is modest, although the food here is as authentic as it comes. The home-made kielbasa comes fresh and juicy, and serves many other traditional Polish classics, like the savory zapiekanki sandwich and the rare czarnina delicacy. A quality Eastern European meal can always be expected at Sabina’s.

3. Polonia Restaurant

Restaurant, Polish

For more than 40 years Polonia Restaurant has helped fuel a Yeman Street Polish rivalry with contending restaurant, Polish Village Café. However, the festive old-world decor and high vaulted ceilings in Polonia provide an atmosphere unlike its rival, with authentic food to match. Here the Polish combo plate wins out from the menu. The city chicken is said to be quite delicious as well.

4. Wawel Polish Restaurant

Restaurant, Polish

Located within the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, the Wawel Polish Restaurant offers a relaxed traditional setting to enjoy all the Polish classics. With its tastes firmly set in tradition, this restaurant has mastered the art of indulgent nostalgia and is the centerpiece to the Polish community in southeast Michigan. While visiting Wawel, be sure to check out the Center’s tribute to Polish-American athletes, and their many old photos of metropolitan Detroit’s early Polish community.

5. Celina’s Polish Kitchen

Restaurant, Polish

Although Celina’s Polish Kitchen has only been operating since 2007, it has created quite a stir amongst the Polish community around Detroit and all passersby of this little restaurant. With no more than three tables, and very limited hours of operation, Celina’s focuses on its in-house food items, and leaves the rest for the customer to explore. The restaurant’s take out is some of the best in the area, with a pierogi filling that changes daily and a kalaczki that never falters with its sweet, creamy filling.

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