Review by: Michael Stern


It was a few weeks before Christmas and Sokolowski’s sound system was rocking with familiar carols and holiday songs, but all with a polka beat. In addition to the usual welcome signs in Polish and countless pictures of the celebrities who have come to this landmark restaurant since it opened in 1923, effigies of Santa and his elves were everywhere. It’s pretty evident, though, that the good cheer emanating from the dining room is a year-around phenomenon, not just a Christmas time event.

What hungry person could not be happy walking along the cafeteria line of this hale tavern and gazing upon beautiful pans full of pierogi, kielbasa, sauerkraut, breaded lake fish, and stuffed cabbage? This hearty food is of high quality and dished out with good cheer in abundance. Pierogies are the most famous dish in the house and they are awesome: big, tender pockets filled with cheese and smothered in onions with which they are sizzled in butter until the onions turned caramel-soft and sweet. The kielbasa is as buff as a sausage can be, nearly too muscular for the flimsy cafeteria knife and fork provided, and it sure does pack a delicious smoky, piggy, spicy flavor. I loved the balance of Sokolowski’s halushka, which is a mix of salubrious sautéed cabbage and little squiggles of dumpling.

The meal for which I want to return is the Friday fish fry, which features beer-battered cod and Lake Erie perch. There’s live piano music Friday and Saturday night, which are the only evenings Sokolowski’s is open for supper.

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3 Responses to “Sokolowski’s”

mark matthews

May 23rd, 2021

they have closed after many years in business


    Branden Shortt

    February 28th, 2022

    Thank you for letting us know.


Monica Smith

September 8th, 2012

We visited Sokolowski’s for the first time today. We were impressed with the food and portion size received. However, I noticed the owner (I think) yelling at employees in front of customers. Highly unprofessional!

When I went to ask a question about my bill at the end of our meal (after it had already been paid for; I wasn’t trying to get out of anything) I was yelled at and belittled in front of an entire line of customers. When I asked him not to be so rude I was again yelled at. I tried calling when we got home to voice my concerns. All I was looking for was an apology. Instead I was hung up on. Terrible customer service! I cannot stress this enough.

We were considering taking my mom there with the entire family (12 or more of us in all) for her birthday. That’s definitely NOT happening. In fact, we won’t be returning anytime soon. The way you treat people DOES make a difference!


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