Polish restaurant, Polanka, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado serves up ethnic food with Old World European roots.
Glenwood’s Polish families are the purveyors of some of the town’s most charming and affordable travel lodges; but thankfully for foodies the hospitality doesn’t stop there. Outside of having to book a flight to Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk, you won’t find more authentic and delicious Eastern European fare than at Polanka in Glenwood Springs.
Within easy walking distance of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Yampah Vapor Caves and the Hotel Colorado, Polanka is located at 216 6th Street, across from the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden. Inside, don’t expect quaint cultural artifacts from the homeland or Polish folk music piped in through speakers. The space is sparse, simple and no-frills. In other words, it’s all about the food.
Dine in or take out, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Select your meal from the short menu that hangs above the counter. For a grand tour of Polish flavors, choose the combo platter which includes a generous stuffed cabbage roll in sauce, six potato and cheese pierogis served with sour cream, grilled kielbasa and a side of tangy sauerkraut. Other favorites include breaded pork or chicken cutlets served with traditional sides.
Pierogis are known as the national dish of Poland, and clearly a favorite menu item. In addition to their appearance in the combo platter, they can be ordered separately in groups of 4, 7 or 12. Potato pancakes served with sour cream and applesauce are another top selling specialty.
Don’t skip dessert; the homemade blintzes are a mouthwatering delicacy. The crepe-like pancakes are filled with your choice of lekvar (plum), apple or cheese fillings and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Pyszne! That’s Polish for delicious!
Find out more about Glenwood’s ethnic eateries at www.visitglenwood.com.