More Than a Mainstreet - Unique Food Attitudes
Updated: Sep 4
Barbara Czyz of Unique Food Attitudes
The series 'More Than a Main Street' spotlights the people behind the businesses in OEV that make it a vibrant community. Known as a scrumptious gem in Old East Village, Unique Food Attitudes has a wide selection of traditional Polish food, including classics like Perogies and Cabbage Rolls and new favourites to try like Bigos or Krokiety and Red Borsch. Unique Food Attitudes, run by Barbara Czyz is the place to go to for a fresh, home-cooked Polish meal. In addition to great meal options, they specialize in custom cakes and delicious desserts.
How long have you been in business? How many years in OEV?
Unique Food Attitudes has been part of London for 25 years. I moved to OEV 9 years ago.
What drew you to Old East Village? What’s your favourite part of the OEV community?
Location, it was in the central part of the city. When I opened my place, I felt like I belonged here. The community, friends, and neighbours are my favourite aspect.
Unique Food Attitudes
Delicious freshly baked bread.
What makes your business unique?
We are unique in so many ways. We specialize in Polish cuisine and are one of the only Polish restaurants in London. Our food is based according to my mother’s family recipes, including our desserts. Additionally, our recipes are featured in the Forest City Cookbook.
I hired a designer for our restaurant décor to create a stylish and welcoming environment. I also support local artists by displaying their work on the restaurant walls.
Local art displayed on the walls of Unique Food Attitudes.
What’s your most popular menu item?
A popular selection is Goulash potato pancakes and dill pickle soup.
Fresh plates of Polish food.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?
I am from Kraków Poland and moved to Canada 31 years ago.