4112 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006534.125401 -118.231780
Neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, East LA
Best Soups! – I discovered Polka years ago and been going through the years for one thing only and you don't have to pay for it.
It's the complimentary soup they serve before your meal. I just love their soups. You never quite know what you're going to get but it's always cooked with love and is so tasty. I talk about their soups so much, some people tell me they crave them too and they've never been there!
I also really like Polish food and Polka's some of the best I've had.
Great food horrible service bad experience – I learned about this place from Guy Fieri on Food Network and wanted to check it out myself. My brother and I had already decided to order the same items that Guy had cuz they looked good on TV and we figured the restaurant would want to feature their best dishes. We made the mistake of not making reservations (it was a Sunday at 1:30). Upon entering the small, and tacky-looking joint, we were told it would be a 25-40 min wait. We waited for 50 minutes. Once inside, the owner immediately brought the house noodle soup (it was ok) and she didn't come to our table again for 15 min. At this time we were both thirsty from waiting outside in the heat this whole time. Finally when she came, my brother asked for the goolash. She said that they ran out and it would be another 20 min and to order something else. As he took a moment to see what else he'd want, she rudely said, "I'll be back". She didn't return to get our order for another 10 min or so and only after my brother got her attention. At this point we were both annoyed and irritated by her rudeness. No sorry to make you wait, no sorry we ran out of the most popular dish at lunch time, none of that. I ordered the potato and cheese peiurogi (sp?) and the bro ordered the chicken kotlat (cutlet), and both were equally delicious dishes. B/c we'd been there so long, we ordered the crepe dessert to go which was also very delicious. I'm still on the fence about going again just because of the rude and slow service...I'm hoping it was just a one-time thing b/c it happened to be a full house and almost everyone was asking for the goolash.
Down Home Comfort Food – After watching Huell Howsers "California Gold" segment on this restaurant, a friend and I decided to try Polka. We were very pleased with the food, I had the stuffed cabbage, and he had the meatballs. It reminded us both of down home comfort food. I make a mean stuffed cabbage, but I would order theirs any day. The other entrees we saw coming out of the kitchen were of good portion size. The soup that automatically comes to your table as part of the dinner was delicious, although the salad was not chilled well, but their homemade dressing made up for it. The veggies that come with the meal (fresh sliced carrots, mashed potatoes, canned corn) were a little overcooked, but perfect if you didn't have teeth. And I mean that in a good way. Dessert was a small dish of vanilla pudding with a raspberry sauce, and it too was not chilled at all. For the price of a 4 course meal, you can't beat it. Service could have been a little better, but hey, it's a small place, you can't get lost in the crowd, the server will eventually know he/she forgot to bring you something, or just a wave of the hand will get his attention. The ambiance feels like your dining in the owners' own dining room, with kitsche everywhere to keep your eyes busy. Parking, during peak hours, can be frustrating as the restaurant shares the parking lot with a tiny strip mall, then it's street parking. I will definitely be a return customer when I'm craving polish comfort food.
Best Polish joint outside of Warsaw – I moved to LA from Chicago nearly 7 years ago and have been searching for a Polish or German restaurant. Last weekend, I found one of the best Polish restaurants I have ever been to!! Polka is it!! Yes, I am Polish and yes I know good Polish food. The service was exceptional, the best I have had in LA. The food was so delicious, I was waiting for my mother to walk out of the kitchen. The Polish beer...the Porter...kinda strong for me, but good with Coke. Yes, you will have to wait, I waited nearly an hour and a half, I would wait three hours. Everything was fresh, flavorful and very cozy. I will be back so often, they will get tired of seeing me.
Never Never Again – I wouldn't recommend this place at all! I was going off of the recommendations on that have been previously posted thinking I was in for something great and that was so far from the case. To give myself some legitimacy to this posting I would like you to know that I am Polish. My parents are from Myslenice, Poland, I have just recently relocated to LA from Chicago and have spent ever summer in Poland with the extended family. Recently I was needing some familiar food and I came across Polka. I was so excited to have some yummy Polish food but all I found was the food extremely greasy and over cooked. I won't even talk about the ambiance because everyone else has that covered. The food at Polka I found was extremely sub-par the cabbage rolls were horrendously seasoned, the breaded chicken could have been from KFC, and the perogis were well over the point of being over done. The only thing that was somewhat decent was the beef stew but even that was over cooked. I was so disappointed! Is there no good Polish food in the LA area?
who likes peasant food? – this restaurant is outstanding. i'm writing this based from an experience with their take-out, and four people loved their food. i had the kielbasa lunch, which included a fantastic cabbage soup. those who had the perogis and cabbage rolls expressed their deep affection for the whole meal. perhaps a dark horse to cater a wedding.
Great little find! – I took my girlfriend for her birthday last night after reading the other reviews on city search. What an amazing find! Delicious home-cooked food (with good vegeterian options). Big portions. Very authentic. You can tell a lot of love and care was put into this small, cozy restaurant. The service also really stood out. Very welcoming and friendly. So glad places like this exist in LA.
It is a great experience – The food is always amazing. The family that owns this place is sweet, and genuine, just like the food and atmosphere. You will get a kick out of the decor as you enjoy your meal.
Collection of Polish charm, character and cuisine in an Eagle Rock strip mall. – In Short
Walls covered with a kitsch collection of lanterns, clocks, kaleidoscopes and glass fish clutter this garage sale collector's paradise of a restaurant. A goldfish tank and bookcase partition the rows of wooden booths and benches filled with long-lingering diners. Sinatra and his contemporaries croon over the speakers while families and friends sift through menu maxims such as "the crises of today is the joke of tomorrow" to find Polish classics including pierogi, kotlet schabowy (breaded pork loin) and stuffed cabbage.
Polish Gem! – What a wonderful find! This little place is just adorable! The food just keeps on coming!! I love the homemade soup, the sweet salad and yummy food! The owners treat you like family. I'll keep coming back!
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