Midwest Living Review
When Polish immigrants poured into the Detroit area in the early 1900s to work at the new Dodge car plant, they settled in the suburb of Hamtramck. Decades later, the community now boasts burgeoning African-American and Middle Eastern populations, but its original roots remain strong thanks to the Polish Market and the small clearing across the street known as Pope's Park. Polish Market is a one-stop-shop for all kinds of Polish delicacies: potato pierogi, smoked sausage, head cheese, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut and pickles, not to mention an array of freshly made breads and pastries. Customers line up to buy deli meats and cheeses as well as hot prepared foods, produce and other groceries. The place is really hopping on Sundays after Polish Mass at nearby St. Florian's Church. And anyone who doubts the neighborhood's pedigree need look no further than Pope's Park, so-named because Pope John Paul II, the Catholic church's only Polish pope, spoke there in 1987. A larger-than-life statue of John Paul commemorates the event and a colorful mural depicts Polish culture.