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at the milk bar

16 October, 2011
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This afternoon, while exploring the streets of Warsaw, The Husband and I were looking for somewhere to have lunch.

During his previous stay here, he mentioned eating at a milk bar.  Being familiar with the term only from how it was presented in one of my favorite movies as a teenager, what I saw when we stepped in was drastically different from what I had imagined.

The milk bar, or bar mleczny, was created under Communist rule to provide inexpensive meals to workers cafeteria-style.

Upon entering this Mokotów District establishment, I saw a window where you place your order, a large menu taking up half the wall, another window where you present your receipt and later pick up your food, and enough tables and chairs for about 30 people.

We stared at the menu for so long that the woman who takes orders left her booth and went to the kitchen.  Not yet knowing the language, we took quite a while to figure out what we wanted to eat from what was available and vegetarian.

For about $6 US, we ordered two bottles of water, a portion of bread, two bowls of beet soup with white beans, and a plate of sugared pierogi.

After having my first taste of a milk bar, I look forward to checking out another one.  I like quick, economical food options, and this was a nice alternative to chain fast food because the offerings are much more like a home-cooked meal.

You can find a listing of milk bar locations here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. The Mother permalink
    21 October, 2011 03:45

    Oh Sissy, you never cease to amaze me. OR O Sissy, nigdy nie przestanie mnie zadziwiać

  2. 26 October, 2011 17:22

    No ultraviolence to be found on the menu?

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