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Where to Eat in Poland

What to Eat in Poland
This is the secret to inexpensive eating in Poland.

The Secret to Eating in Poland

Americans tend to call any kind of eating establishment a "restaurant." Here's an important tip when asking for a place to eat in Poland. Don't ask for a "restaurant." The word restaurant has a different conotation in Poland. The Polish word "restauracija" means more of a high-level, elegant dining experience. They are mostly used for weddings, banquets and big celebrations, often with live music. For a delicious, inexpensive meal in Poland, just look for the signs that say "bar". These are really cafes, and are the standard place for everyday dining.

Polish Soups

Most meals in Poland start with a "first course," which always means a soup. A generous bowl of soup in a typical "bar" costs around $2. Examples of the soups you will find in Poland are:
  • Borsh (from neighboring Ukraine). A beautiful red soup made from beets, potatoes, cabbage, and often meat.
  • Also available is a type of Borsh bullion, a deep red broth of chicken and beets. It is served in a bowl with handles. This soup is not eaten with a spoon. Just sip it straight from the bowl.
  • Zurek. This broth-based soup contains large pieces of boiled egg, as well chunks of sausage or ham.
  • Bean soup. This thick, hearty soup is usually topped with pieces of sausage or ham.
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Places to Eat in Przemysl Poland

There are two cafes ("bars") on the square directly in front of the central train station in Przemysl Poland. For under $10, you can enjoy a hearty meal. They serve a variety of delicious homemade soups, various salad, main courses of fish, chicken and meat, side dishes, etc.

A few blocks away is the Bar Rubin, which we can recommend. Their french fries are crispy and delicious ($1.50). And they serve generous "cutlets," which is the Polish word for patties formed from ground meat -- either chicken or pork.

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