|A piping hot bowl of borscht from a bar mlezny (milk bar)|
|Wild boar tenderloins in forest sauce from Pod Baranem|
|Miodowka honey vodka at Wódka Cafe Bar|
You can certainly find higher-end cuisine in Krakow as well, like those wild boar medallions from Restaurantja Pod Baranem from the top of this post. Look at the cool boar sign:
We started that meal with a nice pot of bacon fat to spread on bread. I wouldn't recommend a lot of this, but a little is shockingly (even disturbingly) good:
Next up - soup. It is a Polish meal after all, and you know the saying, right? "The soup fills you up, and the dish plugs you up." I am not making that up, and I can tell you one thing ... it's not an old saying for nothing, if you catch my drift.
Poppa and I shared garlic soup, and barley soup Krakow style:
Despite the fact that the bowls were volcanically hot - leading me to believe that the soup had been reheated in the microwave - the flavor was intense and deeply soul warming. Eastern Europeans really know how to make soup - I don't think I had a sub par one on my whole trip.
For our mains, along with the wild boar medallions, we had a saddle of venison:
In both of these dishes, the sauce was incredibly rich and complex, with notes of rosemary, juniper, and of course mushrooms. I also quite liked the roasted potatoes:
My other sweet was a cheese Danish at a little pastry shop across the street from Stary Kleparz, a cool market that I'll write about in an upcoming post:
|Get in my belly!|
And now, I leave you with this shot of the main square in rainy, moody, beautiful Krakow.