Driving east on Route 25 on the North Fork this weekend, I kept seeing signs for “Polish Deli." I followed them into a little shopping center in Cutchogue where I found myself at Taste of Poland, a year-old offshoot of the original store in Patchogue. In addition to a imported grocery items, Taste of Poland has various hot offerings (soups, stews, pierogies, potato pancakes) and Polish sausages and hams –a nice counterpoint to all the local organic produce. I wanted my sandwich of “kielbasa loaf” (a sort of cross between meatloaf and mortadella) on rye bread; the fellow behind the counter only had rolls. So I bought a loaf of Lithuanian rye bread (Polish markets always sell great rye bread), peeled off two slices, and got this delicious sandwich. Total cost: $5.50.
Taste of Poland is at 32845 Main Rd. / Route 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-8541 (and at 500 Medford Ave. / Route 112, Patchogue, 631-289-1599.
Newsday photo / Erica Marcus