Smiarowski Farmstand & Creamy

Hot Dog | Ice Cream Parlor | Polish | Roadside Stand
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Having eaten very well on a drive through southern New Hampshire and Vermont, I was cruising down Route 5 in Massachusetts looking for nothing more than an ice cream cone, maybe. Smiarowski appeared to be just the ticket, since it calls itself a Creamy (which I assumed was sign-painterese for Creamery). However, as I approached, I knew that the shreds of appetite I had remaining were about to be annihilated. A placard near the order window advertised “Polish Food and Ice Cream.” The enticing smells of old world cooking that wafted from the kitchen told me I had stumbled upon eats too good to resist.

At first I thought I might get away with just a hot dog, but a beautiful steamed frank topped with homemade sauerkraut demanded I drill deeper. So I ordered the Polish Power Plate, a double-barrel meal of golumbki (stuffed cabbage) and kielbasa with a choice of two side dishes. I chose beans and what’s billed as lazy pierogi, which the girl behind the order window told me is all the pierogi ingredients, but just not pocketed as dumplings. It looks a lot like what’s called halushki.

Served on a heavy disposable paper plate and eaten at a picnic table, this is a grand country meal. The kielbasa is bursting-plump, spicy, and smoky. It is so well packed that it is a tactile pleasure just to sever a disc from the link using the plastic knife provided. Golumbki is something you’d hope grandma would make: sweet and meaty, topped with bacon and thick tomato sauce. Lazy pierogi is pure comfort food, a mélange of noodles, onions, butter, and cheese. And the beans are extraordinary: cinnabar red, more bacon-sweet than sugar sweet – a Yankee dish with a Polish twist.

There is a big selection of ice creams, both Gifford’s and Snow’s brand, available in cones and cups, sundaes and milk shakes. I chose Snow’s maple walnut, which was packed with nuts and very creamy. It was just the right flavor to crown a warm square of Smiarowski’s apple crisp.

Smiarowski Farmstand and Creamy is open from April through December.

What to Eat
Smiarowski Farmstand & Creamy, Polish Power Plate
Polish Power Plate
Must-Try
The Polish Power Plate: kielbasa, golumbki, lazy pierogi, and baked beans, with a slice of rye bread on top. A roadside meal to remember.
Smiarowski Farmstand & Creamy, Apple Crisp a la Mode
Apple Crisp a la Mode
The apple crisp is served hot enough that the ice cream on top (maple walnut in this photo) begins to soften and melt right away.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 8pm
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 8pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 8pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 156 MILES | 2 hr 45 min

Along the River

A drive along the Connecticut River is described as a one of "traditions, vivid history, deeply rooted farming heritage, call of the railroads, natural beauty, and recreation." And memorable Yankee fare in diners and truck stops, at farm stands and sugar shacks, and in town cafes.

Hadley to Sunderland

These three towns…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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