Magnificent dancing at Krakus
Krakus Restaurant & Bar (12900 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck) a great Old World restaurant that serves solid, traditional Polish fare that many consider the best Polish restaurant in Detroit. The home-style meals are prepared by a staff led by owners Alicia and Stanley Zacny.
But it’s after normal restaurant hours that Krakus comes into it’s real glory, when the floor opens up to numerous eager dancers, many of them senior citizens, who demonstrate traditional waltz and Forties-style ballroom steps. For years this has been a gathering spot for lovers of these dance styles, and we were fortunate to visit at the height of the activity to interview Stanley and marvel at the fluid skills of these wonderful dancers.
SOME OTHER POLISH FAVORITES IN AND AROUND DETROIT:
Ivanhoe Cafe; 5249 Joseph Campau Street, (313) 925-5335. Located along the Detroit River, this cafe specializes in seafood.
* Polish Village Cafe; 2990 Yemans Street, (313) 874-5726. This subterranean restaurant beneath an historic Hamtramck home offers classic Polish dishes like nalesniki (crepes) and golabki (stuffed cabbage). During 1996, President Bill Clinton ate perogies here.
* Holbrook Cafe; 3201 Holbrook Street, (313) 875-1115. This site of the former Polish American Century Club is known for its Friday night fish fry.
* Under the Eagle Cafe; 9000 Joseph Campau Street, (313) 875-5905. In addition to roast pork loin, sauerkraut and pierogis, the restaurant is known for dill pickle soup.