Cafeteria | Tavern
One of the best

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.

What to Eat
Sokolowski’s, Pierogi
In the foreground is one of two pierogi that I ordered as a side dish to go with the wonderful length of kielbasa in back at the left and, of course, a heap of fine sauerkraut at the right. If you order pierogi as a meal, you get five of them.
Sokolowski’s, Halushka
I first came across halushka -- a mix of dumplings and cabbage -- in a Hungarian restaurant in Akron. Whether it's Polish or Hungarian, or both, I don't know. But I do know it is delicious. The cabbage gives it a hint of sweetness and the dumplings, while substantial, are refined.
Sokolowski’s, Egg Custard Rice Pudding
Egg Custard Rice Pudding
As is traditional in cafeterias, desserts are first in the line, and while the cakes and pies look swell, I could not resist a cup of egg custard pudding dotted with tender grains of rice.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11 am - 3 pm
Tuesday11 am - 3 pm
Wednesday11 am - 3 pm
Thursday11 am - 3 pm
Friday5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday4 pm - 9 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 119 MILES | 2 hr 23 min

Lake Erie Coastal Drive

Along this drive, you will cover 119 miles in a little under two and a half hours of drive time. Driving from Toledo to Cleveland, we have picked out four favorite local restaurants to eat at along the way.

Toledo and Sandusky

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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