611 Dorchester Ave
South Boston, MA 02127
Cafe Polonia is located in Andrew Square in South Boston. We went on a Sunday night and were able to find street parking fairly easily. The cheery exterior is warm and inviting. Once inside, we were ushered to our reserved table and handed the menus. The inside of the restaurant was cozy with yellow walls and chunky pine tables and chairs. The dining area is quaint and charming and it definitely made me feel like I had stepped into a neighborhood restaurant in Europe. The background music was an interesting mix of Polish pop & rock music and traditional polkas. The menu describes the food as “Fine Polish Cuisine” and has a nice selection of Polish comfort foods including borscht, pierogis, kielbasas, and more. Along with the items on the menu there were half a dozen specials written up on a chalkboard. Their prices are very reasonable.
Our server was very friendly and suggested some Zyweic Polish beers for the 2 men in our party based on their described beer preferences. Both were very pleased with her selections.
They brought us a bread basket that came with a small tub of lard mixed with bacon and caramelized onions. Since a couple of us don’t eat pork, we opted out of trying that. But, one brave soul gave it a try.
For an appetizer, we ordered the Potato Pancakes with smoke salmon and sour cream. The pancakes were very generously sized and fried to a golden brown. The exteriors were nice and crispy while the insides remained soft and flavorful.
Two from our party ordered the Polish Plate which is a sort of sampler that includes stuffed cabbage, pierogis, kielbasa, and Hunter’s stew.
I ordered the Beef Goulash with Potato dumplings. It came with sides of chilled beet salad and pickles. It was good and very generously portioned. My husband ordered the Rainbow Trout. The trout was stuffed with red peppers and capers and baked whole. He said it was very good and he really liked the potato medallions that were served with it. He deemed the asparagus that was served across the top of the fish as “overcooked”.
I give Cafe Polonia 4 out of 5 stars. I will be back!