A new Polish-American restaurant recently made its Texas debut: Ziggy’s Kielbasa House is now open in Leander at 2403 South US 183 Highway. Though the casual counter-service deli actually opened in late August, it’s hosting a more-official we’re-open party on Wednesday, October 30, during which it will give away free pierogies.
The main star of Ziggy’s deli case is, after all, kielbasa: a large smoked pork sausage. There’s the original, cheddar, serrano pepper, and long thin versions known as kabanosy (which Ziggy’s are calling “snack sticks”). Then there are sandwiches and burgers made with kielbasa patties and brats. Other porky items include the pasztet (a baked pork loaf that’s like pate) and roasted pork loins.
Then there’s pierogies with fillings like potato/onion, potato/bacon/cheddar, sauerkraut/mushroom, and sweet cheese. Elsewhere, the menu features sides like potato pancakes, pickles, and sernik (Polish cheesecake), plus all sorts of house-made sauces (mustard, barbecue, etc.)
Ziggy’s co-founders Andy and Susie Szymczyk moved to Austin from the northeast area with their three children to be closer to their brother and the deli’s namesake. “We love Texas, but we missed our deli food from Poland,” Susie explained the catalyst behind the restaurant in a release. The menu’s dishes were items they were already making at home, using her grandmother’s recipes, and they wanted to share it with others.
Ziggy’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.