January 16, 2019
Food & Drink

Pittsburgh’s Pierogi Paradise & the Best Pierogi Joints

January 16, 2019
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Pittsburgh’s Pierogi Paradise & the Best Pierogi Joints

Pittsburgh’s diverse ethnic culture hosts a robust Central European population, and in turn a wonderful selection of authentic pierogies around town.

These doughy potato dumplings are traditionally served with fried onions and melted butter, but the 412 offers a wide range of sweet and savory options to enjoy.

From traditional to high-end preparations, this tour or Pittsburgh pierogi spots features something for everyone.

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Best Pierogies in Pittsburgh

Pierogies Plus

Pierogiesplus.com

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McKees Rocks
342 Island Ave

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For over 20 years, Pierogies Plus has been crafting handmade pierogies prepared in Eastern European tradition by Eastern Europeans.

The minute I land in Pittsburgh, Pierogies Plus has to be my first stop...I can think of no better place for me to stop while in Pittsburgh."

The brick and mortar shop is simple and effective, not really meant as a dine in venue, but there’s a small area to sit down and enjoy your Polish feast if you like.

You can also order them online in a wide range of classic and creative flavors, purchase them in one of the many local retailers carrying them, or order them at many eateries around town, from Gooski’s to Union Grill.

“...I love everything they do here and I love the huge amount of different Pierogies they have to offer...The fillings are plentiful, not to spicy, and the dough is perfect and not too thick. Prices are excellent and service window is prompt...” - Yelp Review

Cop Out Pierogies

Copoutpierogies.com

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Etna
350 Butler Street

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Wed, Thu, Sat: 11am-3pm
Fri: 11am-5pm

“It’s not a party til the cops show up!”

...Very nice and helpful staff. Food was great!...

Founded by a former Police Sergeant from Shaler, Cop Out Pierogies is inspired by his Polish-Russian-Czech-Austrian heritage. With over a dozen unique flavors to try from cheeseburger and pepperoni pizza to Chicken Marsala and Spinach Feta, make sure you try them all!

Don’t forget desert with their sweet specialty pie-rogies.

“...I love pierogies, my family is Polish and makes them homemade all the time, so I'm kind of picky, BUT we will definitely be going back and taking friends when they come to visit...” -Yelp Review

S&D Polish Deli

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Sdpolishdeli.com

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Strip District
2204 Penn Ave.

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Mon: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Tue-Sun: 9:30am - 4:30pm

If you’re seeking a polish feast or sourcing authentic Polish ingredients, head to S&D Polish Deli.

 ...Pierogies are life...It's my connection to the past and my guiding light to my future...

Indulge in all things Polish, from handmade pierogies to polish sausage and kitschy Polish gifts. You can eat in or take out to enjoy your Polish delicacy.

“...All kidding aside, I do love some good home cooking.  They do it great here. So you know, the kitchen closes at a different hour during the week, so make sure you get there early in order to get you some food.” - Yelp Review

The Church Brew Works

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Churchbrew.com

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Lawrenceville
3525 Liberty Avenue

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Tue-Thu: 11:30am-11:15pm
Fri- Sat: 11:30am-12:15am
Sun: 11:30am-9pm

One of the first local venues to offer high-end takes on this classic dish is The Church Brew Works.

A haven amidst a frigid Burgh, the brewery is a great place to warm the spirits and toes...

The Church Brew Works continues to feature unique pierogi presentations today alongside their traditional take with potatoes and cheese, garnished with sauteed onions, melted butter and sour cream.

...“Savory delights like pierogies, wasabi-tossed brussel sprouts, and steak served from local sources are a bit pricey because of the small business margins, but rewarding to the community...The decor and bones of the building turn your head. The chatter and constant flow of patrons are an intoxicating buzz.”  - Yelp Review

Apteka

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Aptekapgh.com

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Garfield
4606 Penn Ave

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Wed-Sun: 5-10pm

While many of the venues on our list are focused on serving Central and Eastern European cuisine, Apteka is certainly the most hip spot in this category.

I truly cannot say enough good things about this place...

Beyond their cultural inspiration, everything they serve is vegan. You can choose between their sauteed mushroom and sauerkraut pierogies, or smoked cabbage and potato.

“...First off it's AMAZING to have a vegan place that serves food so good my meat eating boyfriend raves about it. I mean the burgers and Pierogies are out of this world. Even if you eat meat, this place should absolutely be on your must try list to visit at least once. But once you visit you'll be hooked!!...We will be back again and again!” - Yelp Review

Butterjoint

The Baller Pierogies at Butterjoint. Image courtesy of Dan Gigler/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Butterjoint.com

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Oakland
214 N Craig Street

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Mon-Sat: 4:30pm-11pm

When you’re seeking elevated pierogies with quality unique fillings, Butterjoint’s are worth every penny.

...these were perfect. The filling was delicious and they gave me plenty of caramelized onions on top...

Indulge in the grass-fed cottage cheese stuffing and garnish with Venison Merguez, Kim Chi, and/ or grilled escarole, perfectly paired with their juicy gourmet burgers.

“...Overall, we had a really delicious meal at Butterjoint. I do think this place is a little pricey, but I also think the quality of the food matches the price...” - Yelp Review

Cinderlands Beer Co.

Cinderlands.com

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Lawrenceville
3705 Butler Street

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Tue-Thu: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am

This relatively new microbrewery serves a fine selection of beer and burgers, but don’t overlook their delicious perogies.

Whether it’s a Burger of the day topped with a fluffy pierogi or their appetizer stuffed with parsnip, fennel, whole grain mustard creme fraiche pickled mustard seed, fennel kraut, and dill these gourmet potato treats will leave you wholly satisfied!

"Great beer...On the food front, it was bananas. Pierogi, Scotch egg, haluski, and schnitzel sandwich were all great.” - Yelp Review

The Foundry

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Thefoundrypgh.com

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Northside
381 North Shore Drive

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Mon: 4pm-10pm
Tue-Wed & Sun: 11am-10pm
Thu: 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-12am

The Foundry is one of the few independently owned venues on the Northshore to enjoy quality fine dining.

I've been to the Foundry several times & it's never been anything but amazing! From the minute i walked in the door, i loved everything about this place...

Featuring seasonal favorite American dishes and elevated pub fare, served alongside a robust selection of craft brews, the Foundry is another must-visit in Pittsburgh.

Their pierogi dish includes Yukon potatoes, caramelized bacon and onions, grain mustard creme fraiche, and crispy sauerkraut.

"...Every time i've gone, we always split a bunch of things with the table because we couldn't decide on just one thing. Every dish we ordered was amazing! We all especially loved the pierogis, pickle brined fried chicken sandwich & the grilled cheese sandwich!! SO GOOD! We ate until we were all stuffed and couldn't believe how inexpensive our bill was, especially for such quality food! ...This place is exactly what the North Shore needed!...” - Yelp Review

Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe

Dorothy6.com

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Homestead
224 East 8th Street

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Wed-Thu: 11:30am-12am
Fri: 11:30am-2am
Sat: 12pm-2am | 11:30am-11pm

When all you want is some delicious comfort food, Dorothy 6 is the cafe for you!

This is a solid Homestead locale. Cute interior, reasonably attentive service, and good food at fair prices...

Within the funky industrial atmosphere, you can enjoy upscale, handcrafted pub food. Dorothy’s Perogies can be served with traditional Cheddar or with Jalapenos, topped with caramelized onions and herb infused sour cream.

“...There were enough interesting items on the menu that we will have to come back to try them. Parking was easy one block south of the restaurant.” - Yelp Review

Starlite Lounge

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Starliteloungepgh.com

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Blawnox
364 Freeport Road

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Call for Hours 412-828-9842

Featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” Starlite realistically falls under the “dives” category, but for all the right reasons.

I give the Starlite 5 stars for yummy home cooked Pittsburgh-ese food! If you want hands down the BIGGEST pierogies you can get, this is the place for you...

The homemade from scratch food, transcends the no-fuss atmosphere and service, and you’ll feel like you’re at grandma’s house dining on her special recipes.

The pierogies are large, fresh, and fluffy and come in a variety of favorite flavors.

“...And you have choices of pierogi fillings such a spinach & feta. Mmmmm...They are pretty prompt on taking your order, however the kitchen can take up to an hour to actually prepare your food. At least you know it is hot and just cooked when it arrives.“ - Yelp Review

Penn Brewery

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Pennbrew.com

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Northside
800 Vinial Street

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Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm
Sun: 11am-9pm

I love Penn Brewery! If you are a lover of German foods and beers then you will love it too!...

As one of the first craft beer breweries, Penn Brewery has a distinct German influence but their menu is inspired by “ethnic Pittsburgh” cuisine, from wurst, goulash, and french fry sandwiches to the beloved pierogi.

They offer a traditional tender potato and cheese option, alongside a Buffalo Chicken option with blue cheese and hot sauce.

"...food recommendations are the potato pancakes and pierogies! Just order them, you will not be sorry...Penn Brewery is a great place to stop for apps, dinner, drinks or all 3! - Yelp Review

Forgotten Taste Famous Pierogies

Forgottentaste.com

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Moon
910 Beaver Grade Road

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Wexford
11978 Route 19

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Mon & Sat: 11am-6pm
Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm

Owner by Polish immigrants who came to Pittsburgh in the 1980s, these pierogies are hand-stuffed by their family.

Offering 13 varieties alongside other traditional Eastern European dishes like stuffed cabbage and peppers, and haluski, you can order it hot and fresh or frozen to bring home.

“When coming to Pittsburgh, seek this place out for pierogies and stuffed cabbage. Just like home. Simple, delicate and like home.” - Yelp Review

Stuff’d Pierogi Bar

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Downtown
130 Seventh Street

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Tue-Thu & Sun: 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-2am

This intimate downtown eatery serves a nice selection of homemade pierogies with ingredients sourced locally.

...The foods are very rich and tasty. The desserts are delicious, particularly the strawberry cheesecake Pierogi...

First you pick your flavor, from unique options like mac and cheese and spring roll to more traditional options like spinach and feta, and of course potato and kraut. Then decide if you’d like them boiled or fried. They’ll be served tossed in butter with sour cream on the side.

Make sure you save room for their seasonal dessert pierogies!

“...The customer service was exceptional. Our group was there to celebrate a day of winning in our girls volleyball national tournament. They toasted us with two bottles of champagne. This a place definitely worth going back.” - Yelp Review

Gosia’s Pierogies

Gosiaspierogies.com

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Find Them

This roaming pierogi vendor is worth stalking!

...The potato and cheese pierogi tastes exactly how you would imagine.. delicious...  

You can purchase their homemade pierogies crafted from a secret family recipe at various local markets like East End Co-Op and Lapp Family Market, or head to the Farmer’s Market in Market Square to get your fix.

They also set up shop at various festivals throughout the year and sell them online.

Their simple menu includes many traditional options with a few unique twists like sweet potato or feta stuffed treats.

“I was lucky enough to taste Gosia's Pierogis at the Pierogi Festival...Gosia's booth was by far the best price and they even offered a variety - frozen for purchase...They were mouth-watering and I will no doubt be visiting in the future.” - Yelp Review

PGH Pierogi Truck

Pghpierogitruck.com

Definitely worth chasing, this food truck specializes in Eastern European dishes, with pierogies, of course, as the star.

Okay uhm AMAZING. These were some of the best pierogies I've ever had...

Run by a group of Polish friends who grew up pinching pierogi at church, they began by selling their fluffy creations online before hitting the streets in the food truck.

“...The pierogi was so fluffy and light and just cooked so well. The cheese was perfect, along with the onions and butter. I could've eaten 10. They are also priced really well, which is great...!” - Yelp Review
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