So out of all of my random restaurant finds in the Denver area, my favorite might possibly be Cracovia, located in Westminster, CO. Cracovia is this awesome Polish restaurant tucked away in a half dead strip mall, and I would love to slowly work my way through everything on the menu.
At some point in the last several years I went from hating beer to being ambivalent towards beer to liking beer, so that now whenever I try a new place, I’m all like “Do they have any intriguing beers?” And indeed Cracovia does.
Drew and I each got a Polish beer, and they were tasty. Alas, I am still too much of a novice to the beer-drinking world to be in any way capable of talking about hops or foam or fizzies or whatever it is that makes one beer superior to another.
The “bread appetizer that comes with the meal” was an assortment of breads with…pate? I think it was pate. I’m really not sure, though. It’s not listed on the menu anywhere. So I did a Google image search for Polish pate, and found something that looked really similar to what we had, and it was indeed pate, called pasztet in Polish if I am correct.
On a completely unrelated note, it was rather dark in the restaurant. Dimly lit, as it were. Which makes for awesome ambience (with bonus ambiance on Friday and Saturday evenings, when they have live music as well), but not the best of pictures when you are me and have apparently decided that there is nothing better for taking professional pictures then my phone. A super bright one, I am. Alas, I did the best I could, but the photos are still kinda grainy and teenier than they could be, due to excessive zooming in causing The Granulation From Hell. No really, Jesus got As in photography and Photoshop class while Satan sat in the back flicking spitballs.
And speaking of bad photography, this is an unfortunately grainy photo of one of the best soups I’ve ever had in my life:
Pickle soup, AKA Zupa Ogorkowa. I didn’t expect it to be as delicious as it was. Incredibly flavorful broth, with potatoes and vegetables. My entree came with soup, and I was unsure what to get until a woman eavesdropping at the table beside me recommended the pickle soup. Apparently when she’d been ordering earlier, a guest at another table recommended it to her. I was extremely glad I took her suggestion, and I will continue the Circle of (soup)Life by recommending it to anyone reading this post. Simply amazing.
Drew, not feeling up to soup, opted for a salad, which was…a salad. Nothing too special. I didn’t even bother to include the picture, due to it’s resembling pretty much every other generic house salad. So, order the soup instead of salad.
For his entree, Drew opted for the mielony, which is breaded snytzel (made with ground pork meat). This was delightful, and I kept picking at that, along with the cute little mounds of potatoes it came with. Eventually he had to resort to stabbing me in the hand to keep me off his delicious meats and starches – lucky for me I always carry a spare hand for instances like this. Anyhow, delish. His meal also came with peas and carrots in butter.
Due to this involving peas and carrots, two of my least favorite vegetables, I was rather ambivalent about the dish. Drew, who has a much higher regard for these vegetables, was quite content in eating it, so it still gets a thumbs up, even if they’re not my thumbs.
As for my entree, I got the golabkis.
I ate something strikingly similar to this dish growing up. We called it glomkis, which is a strikingly similar name to golabki. Both were conceptually similar as well – ground pork stuffed into cabbage, covered in a tomato sauce – though the one I ate growing up involved ground beef and rice, and this one involved ground pork and no rice. I’ve never had a high opinion of cabbage, and used to choke down the cabbage wrapped around the ground beef from the glomkis of my youth. The golabkis at Cracovia have given cabbage a whole new meaning for me, though. It’s good. Cabbage that is actually delicious. A baffling concept, indeed! Cabbage that I actively want to eat! A beautiful thing, really. Also, these things are massive, so you can totally look forward to eating the still delicious leftovers for lunch the next day.
So I wish I could talk about the awesome dessert there, but I’ve never made it that far. One of these days, however. One of these days. In any case, go to Cracovia, for it is delicious.