Polonez meetup- Was: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee

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Polonez meetup- Was: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 12/5/08 9:06 PM
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OK title was edited/changed to reflect change of thread direction!
 
On a near zero winters night Mrs. MFL and I ventured out for some hardy dining. We chose Crocus, a venerable South Side Milwaukee dining destination.


You could almost feel the frigid air outside.


The menu


What's Polish food without mushrooms? In my case I had them pickled in a dry CC Manhattan!


Mrs. MFL had an almost German dish of beef rollups and dumplings which looked like Rouladen mit spaetzles!


I had a sinfully succulent pork shank with parsley boiled potatoes and sauerkraut (some of the best I'd ever had).

We had started the meal with a perfect beef barley soup which I finished before realising I hadn't taken a picture.

Crocus Restaurant

3577 S 13th St
Milwaukee, WI 53221
(414) 643-6383
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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 12/5/08 9:56 PM
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MFL- I'm not getting the pictures...

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 12/5/08 10:03 PM
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That's strange-I'm seeing them fine. Try going to the Kodak Gallery.
http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?UAUTOLOGIN_ID=2973662102&collid=2973662102.591230776603.1228532451741&page=1

You'll have to double click on them to blow them up or view as a slideshow.

(added) Ok, I switched the above pictures to smaller ones using ImageShack and all seems well now in my original post.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 1:41 AM
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That pork shank looks dang good! We'll need to make a point of meeting there on one of our trips up your way.

Thanks for the post!

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 1:42 AM
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Is is better than Polonez? How funny, we were just talking about Polish food @ work yesterday. Those pics look great.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 7:51 AM
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MFL-
Thanks for the great photos of a terrific restaurant. I ate there in 2006 and had a wonderful meal. The owner and waitress both had thick Polish accents, which is music to your ears in a place like this.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 7:55 AM
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Pictures came thru fine for me.

Looks like a great meal. What was the tab?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 8:01 AM
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stricken_detective-
I realize you are not asking me, but thought I would stick my nose in anyway.....
I have been to both Crocus and Polonez one time each, so I am no expert. The food at both places were comparable, but I liked the atmosphere at Polonez better. Of course, that may have been because they had live polka music the day I stopped in.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 8:32 AM
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Our dinners along with 2 tap (draft) Polish beers and two dry CC Manhattans came to $43 w/taxes!!!
Crocus was closer to our house than is Polonez (which is for sale I understand-they would like to retire) and we enjoy dining at both. Crocus certainly is the less expensive of the two.

(edited to add Polonez link which Crocus does not have)

http://www.foodspot.com/polonez/

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 8:52 AM
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I have heard Crocus actually has a pretty good Fri.night fish fry...

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 8:54 AM
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Is there any restaurant in Milwaukee that DOESN"T have a good Friday night fish fry? Just another reason I love that city!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 9:13 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by annpeeples

I have heard Crocus actually has a pretty good Fri.night fish fry...

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...Is there any restaurant in Milwaukee that DOESN"T have a good Friday night fish fry? Just another reason I love that city!...
Actually I had made a fish fry with some from scratch french fries and cole slaw at home Wednesday and so we weren't looking for the same. It came down to Polish or Vietnamese and with the weather so cold, good Polish food sounded best. The restaurant was almost to capacity and we noticed a fellow next to us enjoying a crepe but everyone else looked to be enjoying the fish fry. They had three fish fry daily specials besides the menu fish fry but the only one I remember was a white perch one. They all looked great in that the the breading was a light golden brown instead a dark brown which to me means overcooked.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 3:56 PM
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Your meals look great MFL-just wanted to mention that I heard their fish fry was pretty awesome!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 4:05 PM
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Miss Ann,what's a Midwestern fish fry like ? What do the folks serve ?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 12/6/08 10:16 PM
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Buffetbuster, I don't mind. I love Polonez, they sang Happy Birthday to my friend in both English & Polish.

quote:
Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers

Crocus was closer to our house than is Polonez (which is for sale I understand-they would like to retire) and we enjoy dining at both. Crocus certainly is the less expensive of the two.


Aw man. Do you think we should try & get a group together to visit there one last time before someone buys it?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 11:04 AM
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Miss Susan-Cod is usually the fish of choice. Battered or breaded than deep fried.I have also had some wonderful lake perch prepared the same way.Typically, the meal is servrd with cole slaw,and your choice of French Fries, Potato Pancakes and on occassion, German potato salad.Oh, and dont forget the Tartar sauce!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 11:10 AM
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Miss Ann,what's a Midwestern fish fry like ? What do the folks serve ?

Why isn't there an active Go To thread on Wisconsin Fishfries?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 11:11 AM
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Buffetbuster, I don't mind. I love Polonez, they sang Happy Birthday to my friend in both English & Polish.
Now THAT is cool!!!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 11:27 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by annpeeples

Miss Susan-Cod is usually the fish of choice. Battered or breaded than deep fried.I have also had some wonderful lake perch prepared the same way.Typically, the meal is servrd with cole slaw,and your choice of French Fries, Potato Pancakes and on occassion, German potato salad.Oh, and dont forget the Tartar sauce!


Oh Darling ... That sounds sooooo GOOD !

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 12:42 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by iqdiva

quote:
Originally posted by annpeeples

Miss Susan-Cod is usually the fish of choice. Battered or breaded than deep fried.I have also had some wonderful lake perch prepared the same way.Typically, the meal is servrd with cole slaw,and your choice of French Fries, Potato Pancakes and on occassion, German potato salad.Oh, and dont forget the Tartar sauce!


Oh Darling ... That sounds sooooo GOOD !

We don't have any one favorite fish fry but we often go to Beer Belly's, a tavern near our airport.
Not mentioned here but they usually also offer smelt and catfish (good but not comparable to many we've tried in the South). I'm partial to the pan fried fish and usually change my mind 6 times before deciding on my choice.

Beer Belly's
http://www.foodspot.com/beerbellys/
512 W. Layton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: (414) 481-5520
Fax: (414) 481-5511
Specializing in Pan-Fried Fish since 1997

Also enjoy up to 11 choices of fish!
Including...
Beer Battered Baby Walleye
Cod Fry
Baked Cod Dinner
Shrimp Scampi
Thai Shrimp
Pan-Fried Baby Walleye
Pan-Fried Blue Gill
Pan-Fried Lake Perch
Crab Legs

All of our Fish Fries are served with coleslaw, rye bread, and choice of potato of the day, homemade potato pancakes, French fries or rice pilaf.



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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 1:06 PM
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Boy Mr. MFL ... Sounds luscious ! I would make a beeline for the Walleye !

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sun, 12/7/08 2:54 PM
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Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers
Crocus was closer to our house than is Polonez (which is for sale I understand-they would like to retire) and we enjoy dining at both. Crocus certainly is the less expensive of the two.
Aw man. Do you think we should try & get a group together to visit there one last time before someone buys it?
Pick a Sunday sometime after the first of the year and we'll make the trip!

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 1:47 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by stricken_detective
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Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers
Crocus was closer to our house than is Polonez (which is for sale I understand-they would like to retire) and we enjoy dining at both. Crocus certainly is the less expensive of the two.
Aw man. Do you think we should try & get a group together to visit there one last time before someone buys it?
Pick a Sunday sometime after the first of the year and we'll make the trip!

Buddy


How is January 11 or 25?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 2:43 PM
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Got no plans for either of those dates-and it's not likely the Packers or the Bears will be in the playoffs, so nothing to conflict with anyone's schedule.

What's the menu like at Polonez? Any vegetarian dishes? I've got a pal here in Chicago who, along with his wife, are veg-heads. They've been hankerin' to come along on one of our treks to the northlands and I thought this might present a good opportunity.

Hope to see everyone real soon,

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 4:53 PM

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 7:10 PM
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Good looking menu. So who else is available on either of those dates?

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 7:19 PM
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Just a note about Polonez restaurant. They have a wonderful brunch on Sundays starting at 11:00. You can enjoy excellent homemade(the owner himself) cooked food while you are seranaded by an accordion player live. This has to be the best local polish food in Milwaukee bar nunn.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 9:17 PM
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Those should work for us. If we go on the 25th, my son and his s.o. will probably join us.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 10:08 PM
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I love Polish cooking. Non existent here in Dallas but when I lived in London, I frequented a really good Polish (Restaurant Daquise) restaurant near my house in Chelsea. Their mushroom dishes in the fall months were incredible. Actually, everything was incredible!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 12/8/08 10:13 PM
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Never been there for the brunch, sounds fun, although we would have to order a side or two or 12 of the pierogi. Pan fried, they are AWESOME.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 1:57 PM
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Can we get a headcount for the 25th for 11:30AM?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 2:49 PM
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Roadhouses for 2.

Hate the new format,

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 3:11 PM
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I hate it as well.

How about the Froeman household?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 4:00 PM
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MFL et all are in for 4.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 4:33 PM
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stricken_detective
I hate it as well.

How about the Froeman household?
That will be up to the froeman household to answer.

Still hating the new format,

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Mon, 01/5/09 6:38 PM
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I love Polish food! Of course, there no true Polish restaurants in Dallas although there is one Polish deli that's very good. All of his cold cuts come from a (excellent) Polish source in Chicago.
If any of you go to London, England and want really, really good, (and inexpensive) genuine Polish food, try, "Daquise" close the South Kensington tube station. You'll think you've entered a time warp and have been transported to Warsaw pre-WWII.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Tue, 01/6/09 6:16 PM
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Milwaukee-Chicagoland Crew, I'm doing a roll call. If I didn't remember you, please don't take it personally & if you're in the area & want to join us, please post here before Midnight on the 23rd so we can give them an accurate headcount for brunch. Thanks! :)

ChicagoStyleDog & Mrs CSD?
JRPfeff & Mrs  (and your friends C & P? or kids?)
X1?
ChuckL?
Gyp?
annpeeples & Mr?
packrwmn?

ChiTownDiner & crew?
abe_froeman & crew?
guspas?
tsores?
luvs2eat, we haven't seen you in a lonnnnng time?
tommy2dogs?
danimal?
Brad_Olson?
irisarbor?
tracy20?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Tue, 01/6/09 6:17 PM
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Headcount so far

Stricken_d
Stricken's Crazy Friend Diane
Stricken's other friend
Mr & Mrs Roadhouse
MFL, Mrs MFL & 2
Gyp
ChuckL
X1 & Twitter person
Stan & Yosh
irisarbor +3
Bob +1
abe_froeman + 1

23 so far. I will edit this post this week if more are coming. Hope to see you all there!
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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Tue, 01/6/09 9:02 PM
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Gyp?

 
Thank you. Count me in. Sounds like fun.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Tue, 01/6/09 11:54 PM
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stricken_detective


Brad_Olson?


I'd like to be there but my presence is required in Appleton that weekend.
 
If you want to make a dry run I'll be in St. Francis the Sunday before, though!
 
Brad

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Wed, 01/7/09 8:00 AM
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Count me in.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Wed, 01/7/09 10:14 AM
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As of now - count me in.

I, too, do not like the new format. Then again, didn't like the old format, so.....meh.


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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Wed, 01/7/09 10:16 AM
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Brad_Olson


stricken_detective


Brad_Olson?


I'd like to be there but my presence is required in Appleton that weekend.
 
If you want to make a dry run I'll be in St. Francis the Sunday before, though!
 
Brad


I live in St. F!! What are you doing? What time will you be here? Have time for breakfast/coffee/lunch/dinner?


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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Wed, 01/7/09 10:46 AM
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X1


Brad_Olson


stricken_detective


Brad_Olson?


I'd like to be there but my presence is required in Appleton that weekend.

If you want to make a dry run I'll be in St. Francis the Sunday before, though!

Brad


I live in St. F!! What are you doing? What time will you be here? Have time for breakfast/coffee/lunch/dinner?


My aunt and uncle live on S. Arctic Ave (just north of Howard and on the western edge of Lake Parkway) and we're having a delayed Christmas...around 1pm, I think.  However, the rest of my family will be with me and while Mrs. O is a good dining companion (she's bought into the Roadfood concept, too) the Horrid Teenagers definitely aren't, so you might want to think twice about extending any invitations!  Otherwise an early, light dinner wouldn't be a bad idea at all and Kathy would definitely enjoy hearing about New Orleans.  Just the other day she was saying that she'd like to visit it again.
 
Brad

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Thu, 01/8/09 12:53 PM
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Irisarbor +3
(I think) need to confirm with family)
have had some computer woes of late-
This site needs an events forum....
this did get missed- I only picked it by reading CTD's trip report....

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Thu, 01/8/09 8:26 PM
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Count us in for two.

Sincerely,

Stan & Yosh Schmenge

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Thu, 01/8/09 9:45 PM
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Bring your accordion(s), a polka could break out at any moment.

Buddy


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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Thu, 01/8/09 11:32 PM
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Buddy,

We are the finest Leutonian polka stars in South Milwaukee serving up cabbage rolls and coffee, mmm, mmm, good.

Yosh & Stan

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 1:03 AM
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That sounds fantastic Yosh (or are you Stan?)!  I hope one day to visit your home country of Leutonia.  I hear your national dish, pan fried Vrdystchlob is quite delicious.  Of course that's only if you like yak livers...

Buddy

P.S. Today's restaurant review, Klinger's East, looks like a future get together.  Dat's some tasty lookin' fish and potato pancakes dere, eh?

B.
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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 4:40 PM
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Buddy, as you suggested, I'm posting my "intro" here on this thread. My name's Bob and I'm a 56 year-old retired railroader and a passionate lover of America's highway system ( REAL highways, NOT interstates! ) Give me a good old-fashioned two-lane anyday. As you can imagine, my love of the open road and my passion for good roadfood go hand in hand. I'd very much like to be part of your Chicago / Milwaukee group, and I hope you'll welcome me to your Jan. 25th gathering. There's a possibility that a friend will be accompanying me; he's not a roadfooder yet, but I'm working on him!

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 5:40 PM
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Good to have you Bob!  Pay attention to this thread for details as we get closer to the date of the brunch.  I myself am a Route 66 fan, having made the trip from Chicago to Meramec Caverns, taking our time and exploring in detail the wonders along the way.  I'm sure we'll all have much to talk about on the 25th.

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 5:48 PM
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For you Buddy, we cook up a pot of hot gnip-gnaps.

Yosh & Stan

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 8:26 PM
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What are the prices like at Crocus?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 8:47 PM
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chicagostyledog
For you Buddy, we cook up a pot of hot gnip-gnaps.

Yosh & Stan
Radish or turnip flavor?

Buddy



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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Fri, 01/9/09 9:38 PM
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Milwaukee-Chicagoland Crew, I'm doing a roll call. If I didn't remember you, please don't take it personally & if you're in the area & want to join us, please post here before Midnight on the 23rd so we can give them an accurate headcount for brunch. Thanks! :)

ChicagoStyleDog & Mrs CSD?
JRPfeff & Mrs  (and your friends C & P? or kids?)


Stricken - We are not ignoring you, we just have a lot on our plate right now.  We are planning a major kitchen expansion which is occupying our time and will probably have us tied up on the Crocus weekend.  I created a new blog to document the kitchen expansion.  That is also close to Bobbi's birthday and she made reservations at some place called Lake Park Bistro that weekend.  I think that's a long-winded and round-about way to say that we won't be at Crocus.

We'll see you next time.

Jim


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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 01/10/09 12:45 AM
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Whatup, guys? Sorry I haven't been able to attend to the thread properly. Details @ brunch.

abe, we are not going to the Crocus. We are going to the Polonez. Just wanted to make sure we are clear on that so you are not waiting for us there.

http://www.foodspot.com/polonez/menu.html#brunch

The prices are on the menu. I am going to have Brunch & I personally am also going to have some sauerkraut pierogies & potato pierogies. I know my friend Diane will want some charnina (I am not even going to try to spell that!) aka duck blood soup. So if you see something you want to try, chances are with a crowd this size, there will be someone or several someones to share with.

Bob, welcome! We are happy to have you, I will put you down for 2.


Yosh & Stan--tell Big Wally I've missed him & I'm looking forward to seeing him this spring. ;)


Jim--We won't be at Crocus either! :D  I didn't think you were ignoring or long-winded, I know you guys are busy. Happy Birthday to Bobbi & I'll see you this year I'm sure. Gelato place is 3 blocks from me. *cough*

Gus can't make it but did you know he is now serving DEEP FRIED BACON????!?!?!?! I see a trip to Evanston in my future.

ChiTownDiner? AnnPeeples? Anyone I missed?

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 01/10/09 11:58 AM
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I think it may be my fault that some people (including me up until this vey moment)  think we're going to Crocus.  In my enthusiasm to recruit new members to the group (nocarolina), and in many of my references to the event, because of the topic heading, I may have implied that Crocus was our destination.  As we get closer to the actual date, and as we get an accurate head count, it might be a good idea to very clearly post the proper information so we don't have a split group.

See you at Polonez on the 25th,

Buddy

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 01/10/09 1:30 PM
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And here I thought the only place for Polish food was Gary, Indiana, where pizza was invented in a Polish restaurant.

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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Sat, 01/10/09 11:27 PM
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BuddyRoadhouse


I think it may be my fault that some people (including me up until this vey moment)  think we're going to Crocus.  In my enthusiasm to recruit new members to the group (nocarolina), and in many of my references to the event, because of the topic heading, I may have implied that Crocus was our destination.  As we get closer to the actual date, and as we get an accurate head count, it might be a good idea to very clearly post the proper information so we don't have a split group.

See you at Polonez on the 25th,

Buddy


No, I can't let you take the rap for this one. It's posted in a couple of different posts that we are going to the Polonez, before they sell the business to a different owner. The reason for this is so that when the new owner takes over, we can go again to compare & contrast.

Then someone reminded us that they have brunch. And it went from there. In my excitement over the thought of delectable pan-fried sauerkraut pierogies, scrumptious Polish sausages, and delicious golembke's, I forgot to make sure everyone knows that is where we are going.

Also, the title of the thread is misleading. I should have made a new one. My bad. I will know for next time.

Annnnnnnnnnnd Diane's birthday is January 30 & I fully intend on telling them that so they sing Happy Birthday in English & in Polish.

So just to recap, we are going to the Polonez for brunch on Sunday January 25. We are meeting there @ 11:30am. They are located @ 4016 S Packard Avenue.


"Directions:
From I-94: Exit Howard and drive East to S. Packard. Turn right (south) on Packard continue one block and you’ll find us on your left.

From the Airport: Take Layton Ave. east to Hwy. 794 (John Plewa Parkway). Go north on Hwy. 794 and continue to Howard. Drive east on Howard to S. Packard and turn right. Drive one block and you’ll find us on your left.

From the South Side: Take Layton Ave. to South Packard. Turn on South Packard and continue for 6 blocks. You'll find us on your right."


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RE: Crocus Polish restaurant in Milwaukee - Tue, 01/13/09 12:35 AM
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Can't we (or ask a mod) edit the title of the thread to something like "Polenz Restaurant Outing, Milwaukee 1/25/08 (formerly Crocus)" just to clear things up?

So we're doing lunch, then?  Prices look pretty reasonable and I'm sure there will be lots of sharing.

I'm going to put in a tentative "yes" for two.  I feel like I'm forgetting something that's going on that day, though.  I'll give a final yea/nay soon, though.  I just bought my 2009 calendar today, so I've been trying to remember all my upcoming obligations in my head until now!

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