Ellen's Restaurants

L.A. Is My Beat - The Restaurants of Los Angeles as I experience them

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


In Saturday we drove over to Atwater to visit Tom and Claire. We had planned to go out to dinner somewhere in their neighborhood. I asked them to surprise us with a place. We ended up going to a restaurant I've wanted to visit for years! It's called Polka and it's in a mini-mall at the corner of Colorado and Verdugo Road on the border of Eagle Rock and Glendale.
Tom and Claire
The owners have turned a boring mini-mall space into an Eastern European, homey and cozy restaurant. There are burgundy lace curtains on the windows, obscuring the views of the city; lots of European knick-knacks and paintings covering the walls; charming little lamps on every table and they serve your food on old-fashioned, colorful china.
The menu seems authentic. I am one-quarter Polish and I love Eastern European cuisine. Two minutes after you sit down, the waitress (ours was Kasia) brings you the soup of the day. On Saturday it was a very flavorful pea soup, followed by a delicious salad. Claire and I both ordered the special Polka tea (which has a shot of bourbon in it). Polka does not have a liquor license, but you can bring your own bottle of wine for a $3 corkage fee. Claire and I also both ordered pierogi for dinner. Claire had the sauerkraut & mushroom combo. I had some potato & cheese and also some pork and chicken pierogis. They were delicious. Tom ordered bigos, which is Polish stew, a mix of stewed sauerkraut, mushrooms, Polish sausage and chunks of pork. Larry ordered the mild kielbasa. The sausage looked slightly graphic sitting on the plate, but it was really delicious. All meals were served with rice and vegetables. Our meal also included dessert of vanilla pudding, topped with fruit and whipped cream.Needless to say, this was a hearty meal!
Special Chocolates for Preferred Customers
The service was good. The staff friendly. The prices were reasonable. Everyone else in the restaurant seemed to be having a good time. I'd definitely go back. Thanks, Claire and Tom for introducing us to Polka! Next time, we'll bring our own accordion!
4112 Verdugo Road, LA, CA 90065
(323) 255-7887 or (323) 255-1000


At 1:49 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I haven't been there in YEARS! used to eat there when I lived closer that part town. So yummy and the staff was really friendly. What I wouldn't give for a pierogi right about now...

At 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We eat here allll the time. It is amazing how you don't even feel like you're in a mini-mall once you're inside the restaurant.


At 11:46 AM , Blogger woolanthropy said...

Holy Kielbasa Batman!
The precise cut vegetables and the sprigs of parsley remind me of old time Better Homes and Garden cookbooks.

At 2:39 PM , Blogger mj said...

I LOVE that place! All the clocks and you can't beat the mural on the wall.


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