Travelling the world opens you up to lots of different cuisines and experiences. Yet sometimes you are in a popular touristy area and everything just seems the same as before, you’ve seen it all, tasted it all. Well I thought this was the case too when I was walking down The Strip in Pittsburgh. Then suddenly I found what must be a rare opportunity for eating Polish food in Pittsburgh.
Whilst The Strip is a popular touristy area, full of food stalls, markets and crafts there are a few places to eat too. Bars, cafés, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese restaurants a plenty. To be honest I see this type of food in many places.
When I visited Washington D.C. for a weekend a few years ago I went to eat Ethiopian food. Why? Because it was something different from the norm, not everywhere. Trying this would open me up to a type of cuisine I will not find in every location.
This was the same in Pittsburgh.
I’ve been to Poland once yet it was 21 years ago. I’d tried some things there then but it is long distant in the memory.
Now, I was in a packed tourist spot at lunchtime. All the eateries in the main areas were packed out. I also didn’t fancy the standard fare of burgers or pizza. How original!
As I walked to a less busy part of The Strip I found something catch my eye. It was the S&D Polish Deli. Immediately this made me think of my Polish travel blogging friends Agness and Cez of E-Tramping so I thought I would try this in honour of them.
The menu was on display outside. The descriptions were able to guide me and to be honest the prices looked reasonable too. Agness and Cez would be proud in their efforts to travel the world on less than $25 a day.
As I walked in it was clear that this was a varied spot. It was a combination of a Polish deli, café and mini market. Apparently they offer over 1,000 products, mostly imported which is staggering when you think about it.
I found my way to the counter and ordered the Pork Stew. Stew is nothing new to me. I’m from Irish parents so have always loved Irish stew.
The only down side to the place was that they didn’t have any hot drinks, only cold drinks from a fridge.
I sat down in the basic looking café area and pretty soon my Polish Pork Stew was ready. When I got it I was really pleased with my choice. Whilst it might look very basic, pork with potatoes in a stew it was a very hearty meal.
S&D Polish Deli openly state that they have a small kitchen with little by way of freezing facilities. This meant the food was very fresh. Succulent, melt in your mouth pork. Delightful and tasty potatoes. Whilst not full of spices to create a varied taste sensation the meal was as of as high a quality as these ingredients could ever be. When I left the Deli and walked down the street again I felt stuffed. This was a more than adequate meal.
It is little wonder they received a 97% approval rating on Urban Spoon.
It was whilst sat at my table that I discovered many interesting things about this place. Not only is it great for eating Polish food in Pittsburgh but there was so much more.
They offer Polish Cooking Classes and Polish Tradition Classes. They have an online store which brings them custom from all over the country. To top it all off they even had some great Polish branded souvenirs like hats and T-shirts.
They even have a leaflet which includes their story. They were a family of 6 who emigrated to the US in 2002. Whilst working hard over in the US they noticed there was a real demand for home made food especially within the Polish community. So in 2007 the S&D Polish Deli was born!
Now it is a great little find at 2204 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222.
I may not have thought too much about The Strip in Pittsburgh, however I loved eating Polish food in Pittsburgh at the S&D Polish Deli.