Krakus Restaurant Authentic Polish Pierogi, Kielbasa, And Yummy Dill Pickle Soup
12900 Joseph Campau, 48212
- Neighborhood: Eastern Market & Central
- Price Level:
- Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
- Live Music
- Free Parking Available
- Hours: Mon - Thurs 11am - 7pm
Fri - Sat 11am - 8pm
- Phone: (313) 368-4848
- Website: http://krakusrestaurant.com
- Social: FACEBOOK
- Menu: LINK
Tucked into Detroit’s Poletown East neighborhood, just this side of Hamtramck, Krakus Restaurant offer simple, homestyle Polish fare that will wow you with flavor. The neighborhood may look a little worse for the wear, and parking can be a precarious endeavor, but the food here is worth it – so worth it.
Krakus’ interior looks untouched since the day it opened. The decor is unapologetically kitschy yet everything, from the tables to the floors, is spotlessly clean. A live polka band entertains guests in the adjacent dance hall on Saturday evenings after the kitchen closes.
Their dill pickle soup may be the best we’ve ever had (please don’t tell our grandma). A thick and creamy potato base is mixed with tons of dill and a salty pickle brine. If you’re never tried this soup before, this is the place to sample it.
The rest of the bill of fare is equally enticing. Basically, anything with a Polish-sounding name is going to be a winner. The menu is stacked with yummy favorites like beet soup, dumplings, kielbasa, golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), pork chops, pierogi, and potato pancakes.
Every dinner comes with your choice of soup or salad, potato, and one side. Your potatoes can be mashed, boiled, American style, or french fries. Side options include sauerkraut, beets fried in butter, dill pickle, coleslaw, or carrots fried in butter. If you can’t decide, order the Polish plate which comes with a little of everything.
Pierogi are the stars of the show at Krakus. You can order them boiled or lightly fried, which gives the dough a lovely golden brown crisp. We love ours filled with mushrooms and sauerkraut, but they are also delicious filled with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese. Their kraut is flavorful with good texture – not too crunchy, not too runny. If you normally top your pierogi with sour cream, ask for a little horseradish on the side and stir it into the cream for an extra punch of flavor.
The stuffed cabbage rolls are ample with a wonderfully seasoned beef stuffing. A plate of big potato pancakes – crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle – is sure to put a smile on your face.
Prices here are very affordable. Even a big dinner with soup, potato and a side rarely tops $10. Be sure to bring cash. For an authentic Polish lunch or dinner, Krakus Restaurant is always a smart choice.
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