Eat here: Touch of Europe Café & Deli
This Polish food is good, no joke.
By Linda Bladholm
A year ago, Warsaw native Jolanta Szyfter moved her Touch of Europe Deli two blocks to a larger space on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, adding "café'' to the name along with five tables. Fans still come to the new spot for cold cuts, cheeses, sausages, house-baked goods, imported spreads, juices, jams and teas. But now they can sit down and enjoy a sandwich or a daily special of homemade soup and wiener schnitzel or Salisbury steak with warm beet relish with a full-bodied Polish Tatra beer if they wish, thanks to a new beer and wine license.
Jolanta's daughter Dominica helps out on weekends, and her sister, Dorota Szczepanski, mans the register and helps make pierogi. The ravioli-like, half-moon-shaped dumplings are stuffed with fillings including potato and cheese, beef, chicken, blueberry and sweet cheese. They are boiled, brushed with butter and served with sautéed onion and/or sour cream.
Each day, there are two soups, made from scratch with seasonal vegetables and kosher chicken. The best-seller is vegetable stock with woodsy dried porcini bits, slices of sautéed portobello and thin strands of pasta. Chicken noodle has fresh dill. There's also Polish cucumber soup, made with grated pickles, horseradish, garlic and dill in a vegetable base. It tastes lemony and is not super sour. Yellow split pea is hearty with bacon and smoked ribs.
Many folks come for the kielbasa sausage topped with grilled onions or the bigos, also known as hunter's stew, made from a combination of pork parts and beef with
bacon, red wine, sauerkraut and mushrooms in a tomato base. There are also potato pancakes, blintzes (savory or with fruit preserves) and stuffed cabbage served with boiled potatoes and a choice of tomato or mushroom sauce.
Smacnego! (Good eating!)
Touch of Europe Café & Deli, 940 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, in the I-Hop Plaza. (Don't be confused by the Touch of Europe sign still up at the old space two blocks east.); 954-458-2961. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues-Fri, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Soups $4.50, sandwiches $5.50, salads $6.50, entrees $5.99-$15.45
FYI: Catering available.
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