Secreted away in a wood-paneled lodge in Fontana, Slovene Hall echoes most weekend afternoons with that unmistakable oom-pah-pah beat, as polka bands take the stage. Known mostly by locals, this hidden niche of old-world dancing has an attached bar with reasonable prices, a pool table and a large selection of a Eastern European beer. It offers a great chance to practice polka dance steps with seasoned regulars, hear music with plenty of accordion and eat Slovenian favorites such as sauerkraut, kielbasa, pierogi and apple strudel. At times, the place can seem a bit surreal and David Lynch–like; don't be surprised to find yourself caught in the middle of a Slovene line dance, or spinning around the room with an 80-year-old world polka champion.
Credit: Nikki Kreuzer