Two Places To Find Polish Food in North Carolina

Two Places To Find Polish Food in North Carolina

by Esme Addison

Isn’t it annoying when you’re mad for some good Polish food, you do an internet search and find a bunch of German or vaguely European restaurants? Hello, they’re not the same. Don’t worry, we’ve done the search for you – hey, we know how hard it is to find a good Polish place to eat in the south. It’s near darn impossible, not like up north, where you can’t throw a stone for hitting a Polish deli.

But guess what? We found two places that serve Polish food in North Carolina and they’re both good. I write a mystery series featuring a Polish-American family in a small beach community near Wilmington, North Carolina. And there is a lot of Polish food featured in the story. Now that my mother-in-law is back in Poland, I try to eat authentic Polish food wherever I can find it. And when I’m home in the Raleigh-area, I go to J. Betskis.

J. Betski’s Raleigh, NC

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The owner of J. Betski’s is half-German and half-Polish, and that’s what you get on the menu. A little bit of Polish and a lot of German food. When you go, just order the kielbasa. It’s an appetizer but enough to make a meal out of it. And… it’s what you came for. The kielbasa is made fresh in-house. My husband who is from Poland said this was the real deal. Go. There. Now.

Euro Deli Mart Greensboro, NC

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Euro Deli Mart bills themselves as a European mart, but they have a lot of Polish goodies in their store, so we have to include them. It’s about an hour trip for me and a bit out of the way but totally worth it. Go there for their pierogi, smoked kielbasa, and stuffed cabbage.

There are two great choices for authentic Polish food in North Carolina. If you’re in the area do stop by.

Updated: September 12, 2022 – This article was originally titled Three Places To Find… but one of the restaurants: Halgo European Grocery & Deli (Durham, NC) went out of business and the owners returned to Poland.

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