Sokolowski’s

Cafeteria | Other | Tavern
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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. Continue reading

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.

Dishes to try
Sokolowski’s, Pierogi
Pierogi
Must-Try
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
Halushka
Must-Try
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.
Meatloaf
Must-Try
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.
Kielbasa
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11am - 3pm
Tuesday11am - 3pm
Wednesday11am - 3pm
Thursday11am - 3pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday4pm - 9pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 2 hr 22 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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