If your New Year’s resolution this 2019 is to be more adventurous, you might want to consider trying new cuisines. For a unique meal, stop at Solidarity, a Polish eatery with a patio bar. This restaurant, located on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, was founded by Polish immigrant and chef Elina O’Lague in 1979. Solidarity serves traditional Polish cuisine made from scratch daily.
This cozy Santa Monica restaurant is constructed in what was formerly a house. There is even a hidden bar located behind a bookshelf (not accessible to minors, of course). The waitstaff at Solidarity are welcoming and eager to recommend their personal favorites on the menu. The walls are adorned with both Polish flags and Santa Monica-themed posters. Solidarity’s menu features Polish staples, such as a variety of pierogies (dumplings typically stuffed with potatoes, cheese, or meat), placki (Polish potato pancakes served with house-made applesauce), borscht (a soup with a beet broth), and kielbasa (a type of sausage). Other delectable dishes include nalesniki (savory Polish crepes), schnitzel (fried and breaded meat), and bigos (a meat-and-sauerkraut stew).
Indecisive diners should consider ordering the small plate taster (featured image), which comes with two potato and goat cheese pierogies, two placki, kielbasa bites, and a portion of mizeria (a salad comprised of sliced cucumbers soaked in a yogurt-dill dressing).
Solidarity also has a scrumptious dessert menu featuring blintzes (Polish crepes) with a variety of fillings and toppings, such as lemon creme, raspberry compote, and strawberries and cream, decadent chocolate cake with vanilla sauce, and Elina’s own cheesecake, a fluffy cream-cheese based cheesecake served with strawberry sauce.
Check out Solidarity’s menu here.