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Why are Polish restaurants not successful in the USA?


Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #1
Compared to Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and many other ethnic restaurants, Polish restaurants are relatively unknown. Why is this?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
15 Jul 2011  #2
Kielbasa is one of the favored sausages but you don't see it in restaurants so much, mostly at grocery stores. One reason you don't see so many Polish restaurants is Poles do not come here and open that many. Most the Mexicans and Asian restaurants are opened by Latinos and immigrants from Asia.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #3
One reason you don't see so many Polish restaurants is Poles do not come here and open that many.

Are you sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Americans generally don't like Polish cuisine compared to other ethnic food?

There are a few Polish restaurants in my state and they are rarely crowded. They'll be lucky if they manage to have three tables occupied at the same time. One of the restaurants actually went out of business a few years ago.
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #4
Polish cuisine is not very sophisticated.
Btw have you ever heard of an English restaurant or Scottish?
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
15 Jul 2011  #5
Btw have you ever heard of an English restaurant or Scottish?

Yes. Round the world there are many.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #6
Polish cuisine is not very sophisticated.

It certainly does get overrated by Poles though. The most annoying thing is when Poles act like pierogis are the most tasteful thing in the world.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
15 Jul 2011  #7
Are you sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Americans generally don't like Polish cuisine compared to other ethnic food?

Americans will eat any kind of food. Even Sushi. It's just that Poles do not come to America and open Polish restaurants, not at the rate Vietnamese open Chinese restaurants, so it might appear Polish cuisine isn't popular but it is. Everyone loves to make Jambalaya with Kielbasa? Kielbasa is part of American culture.
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #8
Yes. Round the world there are many.

What kind of food do they serve there? Besides the English breakfast and fish and chips? Do you know any, let's say, in Warsaw?
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
15 Jul 2011  #9
The most annoying thing is when Poles act like pierogis are the most tasteful thing in the world.

And not especially specific to Poland.
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #10
The most annoying thing is when Poles act like pierogis are the most tasteful thing in the world.

Maybe not the most tasteful in the world but tasteful. Funny coincidance... I've just ate a few pierogis with blueberry filling. Yummy :)
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #11
Even Sushi.

That's a bad example. Sushi is glorious. Sure, there are types of sushi that are gross but in general everyone loves sushi if they give it a chance.
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #12
And not especially specific to Poland.

I'm afraid that most of traditional dishes of every ethnic group is shared with a few other nations...
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
15 Jul 2011  #13
I'm afraid that most of traditional dishes

I'm not sure I'd describe Poland as an ethnic group, but what would you describe as uniquely Polish?

Normally I wouldn't agree with 'Rebirth' but in this case he is right. Polish cuisine is notespecially good. Home-cooked is OK but nothing special, in restaurants in Poland it is usually bad.
Marynka11 4 | 675
15 Jul 2011  #14
Why is this?

Except for Italian, I don't think any of the European country's cuisines are that common in small towns in the US.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #15
Home-cooked is OK but nothing special

Even kielbasa is overrated though. If I'm having a barbecue, I usually prefer cooking bratwursts or various Italian sausages.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
15 Jul 2011  #16
I usually prefer cooking bratwursts or various Italian sausages.

There's a placedown the road in Saska Kepa that does Merguez.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #17
Except for Italian, I don't think any of the European country's cuisines are that common

What? German, French, Spanish, and Greek are definitely more popular.
Marynka11 4 | 675
15 Jul 2011  #18
Even kielbasa is overrated though.

FYI, all supermarket kielbasa has to do with real kielbasa is the color and shape. I wouldn't feed the supermarket stuff to a dog.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #19
Merguez

I don't think I've ever tried that...yet.
Marynka11 4 | 675
15 Jul 2011  #20
What? German, French, Spanish, and Greek are definitely more popular.

Where I am they are as popular as Polish.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
15 Jul 2011  #21
The place on ul. Francuska serves it with overpriced fries. Frozen ones, fried and refried until transparent. :-(
pgtx 29 | 3,159
15 Jul 2011  #22
German, French, Spanish, and Greek are definitely more popular.

are you sure? Americans don't like fancy food, they stick to bbq, burgers and Tex-Mex...
all cuisines are "americanized" to fit an american taste and sell... so nothing original here...
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #23
German

German?! Really? What would you suggest me to try in German restaurant for most? (please don't say golonka)
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #24
all cuisines are "americanized" to fit an american taste and sell... so nothing original here...

Oh really? So I guess Polish food is so bad that even when you Americanize it, it's still awful.
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #25
FYI, all supermarket kielbasa has to do with real kielbasa is the color and shape.

tell him that kiełbasa means no more than sausage and it's not a name for any particular product (unless in America). There is whole range of different kind of kiełbasa (sausages) and not every is best for bbq.
urszula 1 | 253
15 Jul 2011  #26
In Chicago where there are millions of Poles, the Polish restaurants are thriving. In other states, where there are many Germans, the German restaurants are popular. Not every black person, Chinese, Italian, Asian, Mexican or Jewish likes Polish food. Some is tasty, some isn't ( like czarnina, flaki ) and all those immigrants that sit in America prefer foods from their home country. Why do some Poles think that Polish food is the best in the world? Much of it is unhealthy and greasy, such as the greasy kielbasa or pierogi fried on bacon bits. Not everybody enjoys heartburn. The trend in America now is to eat healthy foods.
OP Rebirth
15 Jul 2011  #27
German?! Really? What would you suggest me to try in German restaurant for most?

Ever hear of Michigan's Little Bavaria aka Frankenmuth? I've been there many times to many different restaurants and I can confirm that everything I've tried on the menus is better than the garbage I've been served at Polish restaurants.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
15 Jul 2011  #28
So I guess Polish food is so bad that even when you Americanize it, it's still awful.

it's not bad... American market just isn't a good place for it... because if you "Americanize" Polish food, it won't be Polish anymore...
jyjkhfa
15 Jul 2011  #29
So I guess Polish food is so bad that even when you Americanize it, it's still awful.

Probably. Why this problem bother you so much?
pgtx 29 | 3,159
15 Jul 2011  #30
bacon bits.

perfect for Americans than... hehe

flaki

Mexicans have menudo... stop trolling...


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