Chicago >Food & Dining > Red Apple Restaurant
3123 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061841.937877 -87.721267
Neighborhoods: Avondale, North Side
Absolutely Incredible Eating Event! – Oh ? My ? God. This is the kind of place you only discover if you know locals. You know it?s a good thing when there?s a sign that reads, ?Buffet Continues Around Corner.? This buffet is all-you-can-eat (including soups, desserts, and ice cream) for under $10, and everything I ate was amazing. From fresh fruit (OK, why pretend to be healthy) to the viener schnitzel, kielbasa, breaded pork cutlets, meatballs, corned beef, cole slaw, chicken salad, tuna salad, sauerkraut, breads, pastries, pierogi, blintzes, potato pancakes, apple pancakes, kolachy (bread-nut rolls), and apple fritters ? all of it was incredible. I had two FULL plates of main dishes and another FULL plate of desserts. We spent the rest of the night watching Dr Who on television and announcing every twenty minutes or so that we were all still full. Mmmmmmm?.
Don't eat all day, loosen your belt, bring something to read or a freind to chat with, and make an afternoon of it!!
A lovely time – There have been some changes since the last reviews have published; first, the restaurant has expanded into the storefront next door, and the address is now 3121 Milwaukee Ave. Also, the name on the sign is now "Czerwone Jabluszko" ("Red Apple" in Polish?). It's also become 100% non-smoking. I wasn't in the old restaurant so I don't know what the atmosphere was like, but the larger place felt more like a family restaurant than a diner. Easy parking on the street at 7 pm on a Tuesday.
What hasn't changed, judging by previous descriptions, is the food. We started with excellent soups (me split pea, my partner chicken noodle). The buffet has a huge selection; I had pierogi (potato-cheese and strawberry), cheese blintzes, potato pancakes, potatoes with mushroom gravy and chopped beets; my partner shared those along with a chunk of sausage, sauerkraut, cabbage pierogi, apple pancake and a "stuffed cabbage" (not a cabbage roll, really). For dessert she got a chunk of cake that looked like chocolate but proved to be plum or something similar, very good; I had a cookie that brought back taste memories of Askow's Bakery on the south side.
Everything was excellent -- no, make that superb. I was particularly struck by the beets (the best I've had, and I love beets) and the blintzes, while my partner was bowled over by the potato pancakes and the cake, as well as the beets. Good Polish beer, too. While we were there, by the way, three successive cars carrying police officers stopped in for dinner. All of the staff were friendly, and the place was very, very clean. It remains the case that some of the food isn't particularly heart-healthy, but you can probably put a heart-healthy meal together if you work at it. I confess that we didn't.
We walked out very full but content, at $9 apiece plus drinks and tax. (I believe the lunch buffet is $8.) All in all, a restaurant I'd recommend highly.
This Polish spot in Logan Square serves an authentic, inexpensive buffet. – In Short
Located in a thriving Polish community, this comfortable diner offers buffet fare at cheap-eats prices. Unless you want to start off with soup or a drink, head straight for the buffet, which has more than 20 items, including Polish sausage, meatballs, roast chicken, and four types of pierogi (and those are just the warm dishes). There are seven salads and a table devoted to desserts, too.
Best Sunday Afternoon in Months – Red Apple has taught me the REAL value of a dollar. What an amazing place to idle and gorge oneself on seemingly endless quantities of delicious home-cooked Polish (and not-so-Polish) specialties. Infantile oral fixations are catered to and satisfied in spades. My dining partner, an actor in Chicago for many years, told me this was THE PLACE for starving actors and others with healthy appetites and sparse folding money, because you could live on one meal a day. I think once a week is more like it; after this meal I felt like a pleasantly filled Anaconda that just devoured a family pet or two, or perhaps a Grizzly preparing for hibernation. I will be back!
Comfort food – The Red Apple offers an excellent weekend buffet where you can pile your plate high with pirogi, potato pancakes, hearty stews and other Polish comfort food. It's a great spot for a hearty winter meal.
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