Have you ever eaten in a Polish milk bar ?

A bar mleczny (milk bar in Polish) is a type of cafeteria in Poland which according to Wikipedia “during the communist era provided government-subsidized traditional Polish cuisine at low cost”. The first milk bar opened in Warsaw in 1896 by the Polish dairy farmer Stanislaw Dluzewski. He named it milk bar due to the large number of dairy items on the menu. But at the same time it served a wide range of traditional Polish dishes like soups, sausages, dumplings and cakes. The commercial success of the first milk bar encouraged other businessmen to open more restaurants like it. After World War I milk bars became more popular and appeared across the country. They offered cheap but tasty comfort food. This was the reason why they established more their postition during the economic depression of the 1930s and World War II.

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