Polonez

Polish
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In a city full of superb Eastern European restaurants, Polonez has earned a reputation as one of the best. We originally visited on a Friday for its wonderful fish fry, but any time you go, a long list of Old World specialties makes it a rewarding experience. From warm buns and homey chicken noodle soup at the beginning of a meal to elegant crepes at the end, Polonez delivers a rare heartland feast.

Potato pancakes are especially noteworthy. Thin as a dime and lace-edged, they pack sour-creamy wallop that makes the perch they accompany seem all the sweeter.

Good as the fish-fry is, even on Friday it would be a crime to visit this immaculate Old World eating hall and not also have some butter-glistening pierogi and the hunter’s stew known as bigos, packed with ham and sausage. And of course you want to finish things off with a digestif of plum-flavored sliwowica.

From the outside, Polonez has little charm: a blocky building with a simple sign, its only real color the flags of the U.S. and Poland flying overhead. But inside is charming and elegant. Tables are covered with soft white cloth. Decor is all about Polish culture, including two life-size mannequins outfitted in traditional garb. And the waitstaff couldn’t be more caring and kind.

Polonez is a Milwaukee must-eat!

What to Eat
Polonez, Pierogi
Pierogi
Must-Try
Pierogi quartet: 2 sauerkraut, 2 potato-cheese
Polonez, Fish Fry
Fish Fry
Must-Try
Wafer-thin potato pancakes accompany elegant lake perch.
Polonez, Sliwowica
Sliwowica
Must-Try
Sliwowica -- plum brandy -- is the traditional digestif for after (or before) a good Polish meal.
Polonez, Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup
Must-Try
Chicken soup, thick with noodles
Polonez, Dinner Roll
Dinner Roll
Must-Try
Good, fresh bun to begin a meal
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 7pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday11:30am - 8pm
Friday11:30am - 8pm
Saturday4pm - 8pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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