History in Noble Square
Vintage Restaurants

1549 West Division

Podhalanka Polska

The non-descript, two-story brown brick house at the six-corner intersection of Division, Milwaukee, and Ashland (1549 West Division) is marked by a sign resembling a cheap do-it-yourself business card.  The restaurant inside is so inconspicuousthat you could walk by it every day for years and never notice it.  Since sometime around 1950, it's been serving authentic Polish home-style cooking.  Sit at the countertop or one of the tables and fill up on borscht, potato pancakes, blintzes, pierogi, sauerkraut, and any other number of delicious ethnic specialties.  There's absolutely no decor, but that's what makes it great.  And the owners are known for being extremely hospitable to their guests.