Who needs Jax when you can do Polski Flips? (That’s what she said.)
There is a stretch of promised land over in Port Richmond where it’s still permanently 1986. It’s a place where Bonk’s and Byrne’s serve up Maryland blue crab all year long, Port Richmond Books remains a towering wonder, and a corner store called Sam’s sells Christmas decorations for one half of the year and wooder-ice for the other. But Richmond Street is mostly known for what it’s been for about a century now: The epicenter of Philly’s Polish community. And though many swear allegiance to Syrenka (YES) or The New Wave Cafe (INDEED) or Czerw’s (HOLY MOTHER OF GOD) for their fix of keilbasa and the like, Krakus Market remains the area’s one-stop shopping destination for everything you might need to construct a proper Polish feast at home.
Boasting smoked-fresh-daily kielbasa, golabki, bigos and pierogi (all homemade), Krakus also has mustards, soup bases, Polish juices and junk food and is basically a trip into another place and time. On our recent trip there, we found the place a little picked over (it was Orthodox Christmas), but still slinging a mean wedding kielbasa (we’ll let you write your own joke there) and bangin’ ‘rogis. Consider putting a Krakus trip into your 2013 insane Sunday dinner shopping rotation. And do not, under any circumstances, admit it to your physician.
Krakus Market, 3150 Richmond Street. 215-426-4336