Kolatek's Bakery & Deli

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4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

This deli and bakery, with a focus on Polish fare and health-focused ingredients serves up an array of Eastern European breads, imported sweets and Polish deli staples.


Venue name: Kolatek's Bakery & Deli
Address: 2445 N Harlem Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Transport: Bus: 90, 319.
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So, this is my debut review for Timeout Chicago. You may wonder why I'd choose a small, Eastern European (primarily Polish) market as my first? Well, I'll tell you why: its amazing. It's on the far west edge of Chicago on Harlem, (in my 'hood) and one day, about 7 years ago, I was curious to check it out. Let's get something straight--I'm not Polish, just open to learning and trying new things. I'll admit, it was a bit intimidating--everyone was speaking Polish, including the ladies behind the deli counter. But guess what? It didn't matter because the sights and smells were out of this world. They have a huge selection of in-house smoked meats, homemade kielbasa (like 8 varieties), homemade pâtés, as well as a fresh meat case and specialty Polish cheeses. There's also a delicious selection of hot prepared specialties, like cabbage rolls, pierogi, meatballs and homemade soups. The prices are beyond affordable--take a few things to try home, you won't be disappointed. Honestly, I've been thrilled with everything! Beyond the deli are the on-site baked breads. These are not to be passed by, we're talking simple, high-quality artisan loaves. From 4 different types of sourdough, to multigrain and various types of rye. And don't neglect to check the day-old rack for amazing deals--like 69¢! Then there's the gorgeous pastries... Over in a far corner of the store is a wall of bulk grain bins, which is somewhat new, as they've seemed to shift to a healthier, organic version of what they once were. Next to the bulk bins is my favorite secret--3 steel bins of fermented delight! Cucumbers in brine, dill pickles and sauerkraut. This stuff is fresh and amazing. All-in-all, if you're into "artisanal", homemade, specialty foods using high-quality ingredients, minimal preservatives and processing, while maintaining the traditional specialties of Eastern Europe, give this little gem a try.