Does L.A. Have a Pierogi PR Issue?
” I was sort of anticipating …”
” A lot of old girls?”
Poland-born chef Michael Budny knows the preconceptions surrounding his nation’s food. His dining establishment, Polka Polish Food, is among just 2 Polish dining establishments in L.A. County (the other is Uniformity in Santa Monica). Hilariously enough, Foursquare lists Costco as the 3rd finest location to get Polish food in L.A.
Granted, Polish food isn’t what individuals consider when they consider L.A.’s melting pot of worldwide foods. Packed cabbage does not precisely shriek Southern California. Pierogis aren’t haute. Polish food isn’t ripe with chiles or grilled meat and it’s not being served out of vibrant trucks or street carts. Open given that 1994 in a Glassell Park shopping center, Polka is a sit-down dining establishment from another period. Thick flower billow from the windows and antique ornaments cover the walls, among which appears to be devoted totally to pictures of chickens. A nutcracker doll impersonated a chef sits atop among lots of wood cabinets. The dining establishment seems like the whimsical home of a mini male whose villa is an accordion.
In a city with such cooking variety, it’s strange to believe that this is the only dining establishment of its kind. There’s something incredibly out of location about Polka. “In Chicago, in New York City? Great deal of Polish individuals. There’s a Polish dining establishment on every corner,” Michael states when I ask him why Polish food isn’t more popular in L.A. “In Los Angeles, it’s so far from Poland that it didn’t get here.” There’s no Polish District in Los Angeles. Orange County has a more focused location of Polish individuals, according to Budny, however here things feel a bit more spread.
Prior to concerning America to get his undergrad in company marketing and a masters in worldwide company, Budny found out to prepare in Poland’s four-star hotels. In 2011 he was a prime prospect to take control of the dining establishment from his cousins when they retired and returned to Warsaw. 2 years previously, in 2009, the dining establishment got a burst of promotion when TELEVISION Flavortown citizen Man Fieri came by to tape a section for Restaurants, Drive-Ins and Dives A signed picture of Fieri that states “Keep cookin'” still hangs near the door.
Now, Budny sees the difficulty in attempting stay up to date with a quickly altering food scene. “There’s inadequate marketing for pierogi,” he states, albeit prior to exposing that he’ll quickly be catering a lunch for Clippers center Marcin Gortat, that he’s partnering with Beyond Meat to attempt a vegan pierogi, which he’s opening another dining establishment in Santa Clarita in the spring.
Polka Polish is home cooking to its core, rib-sticking and rewarding. Fatty kielbasa is scored and topped with shining caramelized onions. The pierogis are soft and chewy, like fun-size edible toss pillows. Meals get a pop of freshness from aromatic sprigs of dill set down atop apparently whatever.
Polish food might never ever reach peak appeal in L.A., however Budny is content with being the only video game in the area, a minimum of east of Santa Monica. ” Stay bit,” he states. “Make your cash. More than happy.” Possibly there is a crisis in marketing for Polish food in Los Angeles, however who requires a slick marketing campaign when you have bitchin’ potato dumplings and Saint Fieri watching on the procedures?
Polka Polish Food, 4112 Verdugo Rd., Glassell Park.