Warszawa Santa Monica

Potato vodka martinis, one with olives and one with onions.

It was a toss up between neighborhood favorite Warszawa and vegan restaurant Real Food Daily.  It’s not hard to see what won out.  Following a brief German food phase that encompassed such restaurants as Suppenkuche (SF), Walzwerk (SF), Teske’s (SJ), Gunther’s (SJ), and Red Lion Tavern (LA), we moved east in search of comfort foods that Tom grew up with, like stuffed cabbage and pierogi (which apparently, like blini, are the plural form of the word).  Eating at Warszawa is like hanging out at someone’s grandma’s house; the building looks like a converted house with beautiful Polish opera posters on the walls and fresh cut flowers on every table.

They are really well known for their pierogi and there’s the option for a number of different fillings, but my favorite is always potato and cheese.  What can I say, I’m a woman of simple tastes.  The wild mushroom is pretty damn good, too.  The herring and steak tartare are also deliciously old school.

Bigos (hunter’s stew).  So good on a chilly night.  I’ve also had their veal paprikash and beef stroganoff, which I think is my favorite, but I just can’t pass up egg dumplings.

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