Eva's European Sweets and Polish Restaurant is Awe-thentic

And, there is an Eva (Zaczynski), who emigrated here from Poland around 1990. You can see her feminine touch throughout -- yet, my male date who is a manly-man felt very comfortable. When I kept remarking about the atmosphere, he said, "Well, a woman does own it." -- Duh.

The menu and service are well done

Then the menu -- this isn't some Syracuse West Side (no offense) restaurant with some cabbage rolls. It's the real deal with all kinds of Polish specialties including several beers; and also brews from Poland's neighbors such as the Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany.

The menu is well thought out with explanations. There are soups (zupy), a host of salads (salatki) all around $4, sandwiches (sandlycze) $7 to $8 range, and then Polish Specialties (Polskie Specjaly) from $5 to $14.

The waiter appeared, and he was a very earnest young man who knew his menu and how to help us virgins navigate through it. He was also very busy, but made sure to communicate this to us -- "I'll be right back" -- in a positive manner, making eye contact and smiling.

I said, I wanted a beer with some flavor that wasn't too bitter and he recommended a Polish beer that was exactly what the doctor ordered. I should add that he said, if I didn't like it he wouldn't charge us. That's like the old days in Syracuse area restaurants -- now there always seems to be a charge.

I told him I had never officially ordered pierogi. He said we could order it in any amount, not just the six or 12 that were priced together on the menu. There are half a dozen types all with different toppings and served with either sour cream or sauerkraut.

We started the meal with the house specialty of warm cooked green beans with breadcrumbs and butter -- sounds like -- okay, green beans and buttered crumbs -- It tasted like this too, only add a "divine," because of the texture of the bean and fine ground crumbs. It was actually "scrumptious" -- a word I don't believe I've ever used as earnestly before.

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