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THE DISH: Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli

Photo: Gabrielle Vasquez Touch of Europe serves up its grilled sausages, left, potato pierogies, back, and cabbage rolls.

Photo: Gabrielle Vasquez Touch of Europe serves up its grilled sausages, left, potato pierogies, back, and cabbage rolls.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Touch of Europe, a Polish themed shop and restaurant located in Suwanee offers Polish food goods for sale as well as a dining area.

ON THE MENU

• Grilled sausages — Sausage with slice of bread and pickle on the side, One for $3; Two for $6

• Cabbage rolls — Fresh cabbage leaves stuffed with Danuta’s special mix of meats and spices, One for $3; Two for $5.60

• Pierogies — Boiled dumplings in either potato, potato and cheddar cheese, kraut or cabbage, Six for $4.60; 12 for $7.80

• Polish chili — White beans, veal, tomato paste, sausage, bacon and ham, $4.60 for a bowl

• Beef stew — Bowl with a choice of mashed potatoes, rice or noodles and pickles served with beef, green pepper, onion and Polish spices, $4.80 for a bowl

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Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli

Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli

Touch of Europe Polish

3463 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee

770-271-6999

www.polishstoreatlanta.com

Open Since: December 2005

Owners: Danuta and Janisz Gazur

Location: Touch of Europe is located just before the IHOP on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, coming from I-85.

Hours: The delicatessen is open for lunch only, but the deli and market are open:

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays

Atmosphere: The dining area is small and offers the feel of a casual diner. The meat and other refrigerated food cases take up much of the space in Touch of Europe, and the dry goods/bakery sections are packed with specialty items from Chicago, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. The market also offers Polish DVDs, CDs, books (children's and adult), newspapers and "Polish pride" paraphernalia.

The decor is simple, even sparse, but that does not detract from the mouth-watering smells of cabbage rolls, pierogies, homemade soups and grilled sausages.

Menu: The menu is strictly eastern European, specifically, Polish. The Gazurs take great pride in offering fresh meats ordered from Chicago (there have been times when they have actually sold out of the popular meats and had to wait on special re-orders to fulfill customers' needs). The pierogies, as well as most other dishes, can be ordered both fresh and frozen. Danuta's cabbage rolls, however, are her own recipe and are hands down the most popular dish on the menu.

The baked good section features several delectable choices, with the Angel Wings (a light sugar-dusted pastry) being customers' favorites.

The couple also caters small to large parties, and has earned quite a reputation with several corporations in Atlanta and other major Southeast cities.

Things you might not know: The Gazurs escaped Poland in 1986, by way of first Yugoslavia, then Spain and eventually Boston. After getting a taste of Boston's weather ("It's just like Poland's," said Danuta), they headed south to Georgia and have been here ever since.