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February 8th, 2012 12:01 am MARTIN CIZMAR | Food Cart Reviews

Food Cart Review: Polish Kitchen

food_polishkitchen_3814BIG DOG: Polish sausage is the centerpiece of a combo plate. - IMAGE: Mike Grippi

What do Poles eat during the summer? The Polish fare familiar stateside is heavily skewed toward cured meats and root vegetables—foods that are hard to imagine enjoying on Baltic beaches. I can’t speak about a warm day in Warsaw, but the pierogi at the Polish Kitchen cart at the Q-19 pod tasted great on a shockingly bright and balmy Groundhog Day. Fat, pan-cooked kielbasa with mildly spicy brown mustard is the cart’s main protein option, either as a big sandwich on a hoagie roll ($4.75) or as the centerpiece of the combo plates. Go for one of the plates with pierogi, as this cart’s impressive potato-and-onion and vegetable-stuffed versions topped with a dollop of sour cream and a few slices of cucumber are the sort of thing you might want to order as a plate. And you can—nine for $6.50. The stuffed cabbage ($3.50), filled with rice and ground beef and topped with a thin tomato sauce, is also respectable if not deliriously good. Ditto the Hunter’s Stew, a sauerkraut dish with big hunks of sausage cooked until it was a little too soupy for my taste. Cabbage tastes better with a little crispness, especially on a warm day—it might be worth returning to on a gray, drizzly afternoon. Portland will surely have a few to come, if Phil was right.

  • Order this: Combo plate No. 1 ($7).
  • Best deal: Kielbasa sandwich ($4.75).
  • I’ll pass: Beef-stuffed cabbage ($3.50). 

EAT: Polish Kitchen, Q-19 cart pod, Northwest Quimby Street and 19th Avenue. 11 am-3 pm, Monday-Friday. $.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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