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Bary mleczne/milk bars in Poland


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
16 Sep 2011 #1
How are the bary mleczne faring in your corner of Poland? How many do you know of? Have they reprofiled their menu to where they now also serve schabowszczaki and kurczak w rosole? What is the price of, let's say, soup and a second course (pierogi, leniwe, kasza z sosem, kluski z serem, nalesniki, etc.)
Olaf 6 | 956
16 Sep 2011 #2
Sure, In Krakow they seem scarce compared to Poznan, but I found two. There are jadlodajnie but it's a bit different (smaller menu, better interior, higher prices). Soup costs 1.74 - 2.54 PLN, There's wide choice of everything and my local milk bar - Bar Targowy is open till 7 p.m. I order a few courses, loads of food and pay about 12-15 PLN (e.g. for soup with "wkladka", salad, fruit coctail or sth else to drink, fish filet, fried cheese and potatos or chips). I can barely walk after that:)
beckski 12 | 1,617
19 Sep 2011 #3
milk bars

Every time I hear the term milk bar, the following item comes to mind:


  • Milky Way Bar
Nika01 - | 4
20 Sep 2011 #4
My favorite in Warsaw is Bar Bambino where the prices are a little bit higher as in other milkbars, but the location in the city centre and the climate redeem that.
coppermouse 16 | 62
20 Sep 2011 #5
We went to very nice one in Zakopane and prices were good and food was good. My wife always talked about them, her and her mom would always go there.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
20 Sep 2011 #6
A couple here closed but there are still plenty. A portion of 12 large pierogi ruskie will cost you 5.50PLN. A half portion is often enough for most. Polish soups are great value too. As a Scotsman, I really appreciate them.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
20 Sep 2011 #7
A portion of 12 large pierogi ruskie will cost you 5.50PLN

Think I need to visit Górny Śląsk, the last time I had pierogi in Poland, they were 11,00 PLN for 11 pierogi. Mind you, that was in Wrocław.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
20 Sep 2011 #8
These are huge ones too. VERY tasty I might add. I'm not a major pierogi eater (if you forgive the connotation) but these ones are a cut above.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
21 Sep 2011 #9
I hardly eat anything on holiday (coffee doesn't really count as "food", does it lol) but I have to have pierogi at least once. I'm more a placki or kiełbasa man really though lol.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
21 Sep 2011 #10
In Krakow they seem scarce compared to Poznan

I've lost count of the amount here - I think there's about 10, but...could be more ;)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
22 Sep 2011 #11
I might pop along to the local one tom. It's only 3 mins away. I might try sth I've never tried. Ribs, for example. It's too early for pierogi.
rybnik 18 | 1,461
22 Sep 2011 #12
Are there any near Wrocław's Rynek? I too have very fond memories and would like to re-visit one or two to compare past with present.
ShAlEyNsTfOh 4 | 161
22 Sep 2011 #13
Every time I hear the term milk bar, the following item comes to mind:

argh, I hate that bar
Moonlighting 31 | 234
22 Sep 2011 #14
In Krakow, I sometimes go to the one in Grodzka for pierogi or kotlet schabowy. The kotlet is served with mashed potatoes a salad of minced cabbage and carrots. I think it costs about 13zł and I forgot if this price includes the fresh fruit/vegetable juice I usually drink with the meal.

I know another one "Bar Flisak" near the Jubilat but it's not a very pleasant place.

My favorite is another one in Karmelicka called "Bar Smak" but I think it's not a traditional milk bar. It looks like a small inn from the mountains inside ;-). It is cosy. They serve the same food than in milk bars, at the same prices.
gumishu 11 | 5,763
22 Sep 2011 #15
Are there any near Wrocław's Rynek? I too have very fond memories and would like to re-visit one or two to compare past with present.

Bar Miś is not far from rynek on Szewska street close to the main historic building (the rectorate) of the University of Wrocław - if you go straight from Rynek to the University you won't miss it (well I hope the place still exists - it kept me alive for quite some time thanks to the ridicoulously cheap prices)
sobieski 107 | 2,128
22 Sep 2011 #16
Here in Warsaw there is one in Nowe Miasto (has anybody been there by the way?), near the Barbakan.
Another one I know of is in Bielany, on Marymoncka.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
22 Sep 2011 #17
There's also one very close to the Politechnika, unless it's closed since I was last there.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
22 Sep 2011 #18
There are a couple within walking distance but none particularly close.

If you like Bary Mleczny, try the one on Krucza, newly renovated and probably the best of them - though there can be long queues. Also try Mleczarnia on al. Jerozolimskie a modern take on them. But avoid Prasowy on Marszalkowska and the one near the barbakan - they are both bad.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
22 Sep 2011 #19
If you like Bary Mleczny, try the one on Krucza, newly renovated and probably the best of them - though there can be long queues. Also try Mleczarnia on al. Jerozolimskie a modern take on them.

:)

Likewise, the small "Zapiecek" restaurant chain, which has a branch at Al. Jerozolimskie, is great (lovely staff, nice food); whereas the branch in the Stare Miasto is nowhere near as good. Probably gets more business though, but this particular pierogi expert says "don't bother" ;) Wasn't impressed with the one in Krakow either (polystyrene plates, ffs).

My mum recommended the former branch - for her to recommend someone else's pierogi is definitely good enough for me :)

It really is time for me to pay Warszawa a visit again...
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
22 Sep 2011 #20
Are there any near Wrocław's Rynek? I too have very fond memories and would like to re-visit one or two to compare past with present.

there is a very popular one near plac nowy targ. i think it's called agata

inzumi.com/en/travel/point-of-interest/d_id/Wroclaw/c_id/Food-Drink/p_id/8149
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
23 Sep 2011 #21
Likewise, the small "Zapiecek" restaurant chain, which has a branch at Al. Jerozolimskie, is great (lovely staff, nice food)

That's the exact opposite of my experience there. We waited for about 20 mins with no sign of a waitress and were just about to get up and leave when we were given menus. When the waitress finally came back we ordered. We waited for 40 (yes 40!) minutes until another waitress came and brought another menu. When we said we'd ordered already and had been waiting a long time she explained (without a word of apology) that the previous waitress had gone home and not given our order to the kitchen. She seemed almost offended when we put on our coats and left. This was a few months after it opened.

An especially irritating thing was that both Amatorska and Piotrus sell excellent pierogi (home-made in the latter), are within 50 yards or so and are half the price.

The old-style Bary Mleczny can be a bit chaotic but at least you actually get the food!

Though to expand - I wouldn't really call Zapieczek a Bar Mleczny, not with the giant Margaritas (Bary Mleczny don't serve alcohol at all - it would breach their licence and they'd lose their tax-free status) and the table reservations etc, more a medium priced restaurant.

If you like traditional food at a good price, try Lotos opposite the Hyatt - an intriguing place more or less unchanged since it was built in the 1930's.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
23 Sep 2011 #22
That's the exact opposite of my experience there.

Just goes to show that it's all about luck in certain restaurants ;) I'd definitely go there again, though - I've been at least half a dozen times, and I've never had any problems, and I've been very happy with the food each time. Remember that I grew up on stuff like pierogi, so there's no way I'd eat in a Polish restaurant if I wasn't happy with the food :) It may have got worse since the last time, though.

Time for one of my related-but-kind-of-off-topic stories I think.

I once took my wife to a restaurant in London's Soho which was highly recommended by all the reviewers. It was one of those poncey places which (at the time) was quite new and fashionable; visible chefs, "artistic" presentation, sauce poured in funny shapes on your plate, child-sized portions (lol)... you get the picture. My meal wasn't too bad, but not really worth the money. Would have preferred the Wong Kei, but even I like to splash out a bit sometimes, especially where women are involved, hehe. Unfortunately, within a couple of minutes of leaving, my wife was vomiting it all up in an alleyway off Wardour Street lol. That never happened in KFC! haha :)

Hopefully she's not reading this (she's my ex-wife now lol) but if she is, my identity may no longer be a secret... lol.
Peter59 4 | 35
15 Dec 2014 #23
This might seem like a strange question but could you tell this Yank what a "Milk Bar" is??
pigsy 7 | 305
16 Dec 2014 #24
its suppose to be a cheap place to eat but is actually not.If you buy the whole set like they serve in a restaurant it almost comes out to 16 to 20 $ a meal except soup is cheap.There has been tales that during commi times they tied spoons to the tables,I always wonder how did they wash them when the next customer came?I love the food there though true polish ones,also the canteens in govt offices serve real tasty polish food and cheaper.

BTW im a yank also something wrong????????
Roger5 1 | 1,455
16 Dec 2014 #25
It would be pretty hard to spend $20 in my local milk bar, which, btw, is excellent. 25PLN will get you three courses. It used to be even cheaper when these places were subsidized, but that changed a few years ago. Before they cut the funding the place used to be full of poor folk filling up on very cheap good food. Now it's never more than half full. I guess that's the triumph of capitalism.

The spoons attached to tables myth came from a movie. Perhaps another poster can tell us which one.
pam
16 Dec 2014 #26
The spoons attached to tables myth came from a movie. Perhaps another poster can tell us which one.

Polish film Miś.
The bowls were screwed to the table and the spoons chained together.
Crow 150 | 9,558
16 Feb 2021 #27
Merged:

Info and idea for Poland`s milk producers and farmers > MILK VENDING MACHINES - this function!



Spread the word people, give link on this on some other Polish forums in Poland! Help the people and Poland`s economy. This puts every peasant into bigger business.

MILK VENDING MACHINES

Peasants in Serbia, small and big cow farm owners and milk producers, started to distribute MILK VENDING MACHINES in cities with fresh milk. Win Win for all >

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> b92/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2021&mm=02&dd=16&nav_id=1812679

Who says that small people don`t have chance to fight for their place on market!
mafketis 29 | 10,009
16 Feb 2021 #28
They already exist....

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Crow 150 | 9,558
16 Feb 2021 #29
E? Good then. I am glad for peasants.
jon357 67 | 17,600
18 Feb 2021 #30
poor folk filling up on very cheap good food.

They're doing very well in lockdown selling take away only. If people want to buy in rather than cook, want to stretch their legs, don't want restaurant prices for eating lunch at home and don't want the muck that is a usual takeaway in Poland, they're ideal.

you buy the whole set like they serve in a restaurant it almost comes out to 16 to 20 $ a meal

Rubbish.


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