Little Polish Diner

Diner | Polish
Worth a detour

Scarcely bigger than a walk-in closet, with seats for 22, six of those counter stools, the first adjective in this diner’s name is no lie. Neither is the second. For an east-of-the-Danube lunch in the coziest possible surroundings, the Little Polish Diner can’t be beat. We were fortunate to stop by on a Wednesday when the special was a Warsaw combination plate: a pork chop, stuffed cabbage, bigos (hunter’s stew) and mashed potatoes. The chop was dense with a fragile crust; the cabbage sweet and beefy, the hunter’s stew a rousing chord of pork, cabbage, and who-knows-what else. The soup of the day was chicken noodle, well-populated with shreds of dark meat. Pierogi are lovely little rounds served five to an order, glistening with butter and nestled among sweet chopped onions.

Service is fairly slow, owing no doubt to limited kitchen facilities as well as to the fact that so many items on the menu are cooked to order. On Friday lake perch stars on the menu; and Saturday the special is chicken paprikash with spaetzel and cucumber salad.

What to Eat
Little Polish Diner, Warsaw Plate
Warsaw Plate
The Wednesday special, a ''Warsaw Plate,'' is a sampler of the kitchen's talents, including a lovely pork chop, a galumpki (cabbage roll) and hunter's stew. Plus, of course, gravy and mashed potatoes.
Little Polish Diner, Pierogi
Northern Ohio, with its surfeit of central and eastern European restaurants, is home to many fine pierogi plates, including this selection of five -- one potato, two potato and cheese, and two sauerkraut.
Little Polish Diner, Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
The chicken paprikash is a Saturday special. This dish features incredibly tender meat, a sauce that isn't overpowering with paprika, over top of spaetzles. An excellent cucumber salad comes on the side.
Little Polish Diner, Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
The chicken noodle soup is made from scratch each morning.
Little Polish Diner, Potato Pancakes
Potato Pancakes
The potato pancakes are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday11am - 7pm
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 6pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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