European in Texas Market Cafe establishes Polish roots in Southlake

A popular dish at European in Texas Market Cafe in Southlake, the Polish sausage ($9.99) is cooked with sautéed onions and is served with mustard, ketchup, a side of bread and a pickle.  (Courtesy European in Texas Market Cafe)
A popular dish at European in Texas Market Cafe in Southlake, the Polish sausage ($9.99) is cooked with sautéed onions and is served with mustard, ketchup, a side of bread and a pickle. (Courtesy European in Texas Market Cafe)

A popular dish at European in Texas Market Cafe in Southlake, the Polish sausage ($9.99) is cooked with sautéed onions and is served with mustard, ketchup, a side of bread and a pickle. (Courtesy European in Texas Market Cafe)

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Sweet Pierogis ($9.99) are filled dumplings that come in a variety of flavors, including sweet cheese, cherry, blueberry, strawberry and plum. (Courtesy European in Texas Market Cafe)
The history of Poland is a complicated one, said Olga Kraszewska, owner of European in Texas Market Café in Southlake.

Because Poland did not have defined borders from the late 1700s until after World War I, Polish culture and cuisine represent a unique blend, she said.••“Where you come from doesn’t matter as much as how you feel and how you cook,” Kraszewska said. “[Customers] all find something here.”

One of the only Eastern European stores in the area, the market and cafe utilizes popular products from a number of cultures.

Kraszewska and her husband, Robert, first purchased the Dallas-based market in 2014. They moved to the current Southlake location in 2019.

The grocery store and deli now includes a café, all of which are deeply rooted in Polish culture.


“When the lease for the [original location] expired, we decided to make something bigger,” Kraszewska said.

The Southlake location also allows for easy access from across the metroplex, she said.

European in Texas Market Café features staples and a wide range of deli meats and cheeses. In addition, sweets, such as Polish donuts, are available, and the business offers competitive shipping rates to Eastern Europe through a third party.

European in Texas Market Café also has an extensive dine-in menu that features well-known dishes from Polish and other Eastern European cuisines, such as cabbage rolls, Polish sausage and pierogis.

“German, Polish, Romanian, Russian: ... We do have those products,” Kraszewska said. “For some of them, we have had to educate ourselves, but with time, we have learned what people like and how they like it.”

European in Texas Market Café

2777 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake

817-410-7001

www.europeanintexas.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Sun.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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