It's 7am, and the talented cooking staff at Warsaw Inn has just walked through the doors of the restaurant to create yet another days worth of delectable treats. In a handful of hours, the staff will create over 60 homemade items for their loyal patrons to enjoy.
And while some of us will have trouble cooking just a few items for dinner tonight, Warsaw Inn owner Angie Golom has grown accustomed to the day to day workings of her popular European American buffet, a favorite of food lovers since 1972."We originally opened in the Blue Island area and moved to our current Lynwood location in 1980," she explains. "We are very blessed to be one of the very few restaurants left that actually make everything from scratch."
From the fresh polish sausage to the homemade pastries, the Warsaw Inn is the home to countless culinary favorites. Nightly specials include roast duck on Tuesdays and BBQ ribs on Saturdays. "Every single day, I have to have a pierogi and maybe some sauerkraut," chuckles Golom, who comes into work six days a week. "I also love our stuffed cabbage and sausage....and our potato pancakes. It really is excellent food."
And while she puts much of her trust in her talented stable of cooks in the kitchen, Golom herself has been known to go back into the kitchen, especially if someone is on vacation or sick. "Yes, I know how to cook or bake every food item that we offer," she laughs. "These are all our family's best recipes."
With three grown sons now living outside of the state, Golom says that coming into the restaurant truly fulfills her life these days. "I've really never imagined doing anything else," she says. "When I go on vacation, I just want to come back and get back to work. I just love the sounds of the restaurant business, from the clinks of the glasses to the drinks being poured."
And while she mentions that many of her longtime clientele may have moved out of the area in recent years, she says they all come back to eat at the Warsaw Inn. "Some of my employees have been here with me for over 25 years," she says. "This restaurant is my baby. I just love it."