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I went to Cafe Polonez in Roncesvalles Village last night looking to satisfy my craving for perogies. I was told that they were the veterans in that realm here in Toronto. For starters, I ordered the Soup of the Day - Barley Soup, and my BF ordered the Borscht. Both were very tasty and authentic. We then ordered the potato and cheese perogies (which came boiled), and the potato pancakes with beef. I must tell you that, although both orders were good, they were nothing special.
Perhaps we are spoiled from having gone to notably one of the best in the country - Alicia's in Winnipeg, probably the oldest family owned Ukrainian restaurant. The potato and cheddar cheese perogies were served with crispy bacon and onions. You had your choice of having them either boiled, pan fried, or deep fried. The holobchis (sp?)were little spring roll sized and perfect with every bite. The kolbasa (sp?) was also homemade - nice and lean. And not to forget about the borscht...you could tell that BaBa did a check before anything came out of the kitchen to make sure it was all perfect.
Can anyone recommend another place that serves perogies here in Toronto? I'm dying to know before I get hit by another craving!!

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  1. Wayne Gretzky's down by the Skydome has them as does the Future Bakery bloor/spadina.

    1. Lviv, a Ukrainian restaurant on Bloor West, serves boiled perogies...I thought they were pretty tasty.If I remember correctly they had a perogy sampler plate with 4 different fillings. I also tried a soup translated as meat soup on the menu...I realized it was tripe soup once it arrived.But it was good tripe soup;)

      1. Shanghai Cowgirl around Queen and Bathurst does them, but I'm not sure they're 'traditional.' They are however quite good. They use a bit of white wine when they're frying them. One of my friends LOVES the asian style ones - they have chinese barbeque pork. Personally, I like the ones with bacon, mushrooms and cheddar cheese.

        1. I think that Cafe Polonez, is about as good as it gets in Toronto.
          If you return try their meat perogies, which are delicious, and are served with fried onion, and bacon.
          I much prefer mine steamed, do that may be why I like them. They also make a stuffed potato dumpling with grated potatoes, that lays in your stomach, like lead, but is very tasty.
          Maybe they were having an off night.
          There are also several deli's within a few blocks, who sell fresh (not frozen) perogies with many types of fillings (even fruit).

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          1. I would suggest Wally's Restaurant...a hole in the wall Ukrainian restaurant in Etobicoke. It's located on Dundas St. W. just east of Kipling Ave in a strip mall. Almost as good as my Baba's. Also I know my Ukie church (Christ the Good Sheppard on Lakeshore/6th St) sells them--the ladies make them every Tuesday. Another option if you want to try the real thing at home.

            1. Applewood Mall on North Service Road in Mississauga has a small "hole-in-the-wall" that does perogies old school. I think it's called Applewood Deli. Looks like something from the 70's, but the food is amazing.

              1. That's Holupchi and Kolbassa, always pronounced KOO-BA-SAW by Ukranian friends, where I came from.

                1. Lviv on Bloor isn't around anymore. I like Amber on Bloor West near Durie. Not too far off Baba's. You can have your perogies fried if you ask (they serve them boiled if not) they also have great cabbage rolls and borscht. Very affordable too!

                  On the subject of buying your stash at the Ukie church, Ukranian Credit Union on Bloor at Jane sells some of the best, made by the Baba's who play bingo there.

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                    David Ontonovich

                    The best Ukrainian-style pyrohy (perogies) can be found at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 3338 Lakeshore Blvd., West. They have a perogy luncheon each month and can be purchased as needed. For more info give Olga a call at 905-279-2759 for info and detail.

                    Also, St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church (Larose Avenue) seniors make them each week.

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                      ukrainiangirl

                      The very best perogies can be obtained at the weekly market at Dufferin-Grove Park. I'm not sure of the hours, sometime in late afternoon, indoors during cold weather. Anyway, there's a guy who makes ORGANIC potato-cheese perogies, closest I've come to the gold standard (my mom's!)-ukrgrl

                      1. No worries, I went to a great restaurant last night, right in the Polish district on Roncevelles, past Landsdowne and Bloor. A really cute restaurant, including a pianist in the background playing live music. It was a great atmosphere, and the service was great! It is called Chopin. To get to the point, the food was great. We tried a sampler of mixed perogies, including the fruit ones. We got strawberry, blueberry (enjoyable), the meat and cabbage (very flavourful) as well as the cheese and potato (very good). They were Deeeelish! Plus you get a delicious side of coleslaw and beats. The perogies were not fried, but lightly boiled (saves on the calories). They were still very soft and tasty and perfect with the sour cream. If this isn't good advertising, I don't know what is..

                        1. I don't know about the GTA, but there's a little hole-in-the-wall in the north end of Hamilton (on Barton Street) called Karolina's. It's a little family-owned restaurant that you have be looking for when you drive past, or you'll miss it. They make everything to order from scratch, so you'll want to go when you have time for a nice sit-down meal. Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Borscht...actually, the cabbage rolls are the closest I've found to our own family recipe, and I usually hate cabbage rolls that haven't been made by one of my own family members.

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                          757 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L3A9, CA

                          1. The Prague on Queen St. West has great perogies (north side of Queen just east of Palmerston). I believe they're boiled and then sauteed with butter. Served with crispy bacon and caramelized onions with a side of sour cream. They also have great soups - three different ones per day.

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                            1. re: wildphoenix

                              Good to hear. Haven't been by the Prague Deli for a couple of years but do remember them making tasty perogies. Nice selection of cold cuts and sausages as well.

                            2. Has anyone tried cheese & mushroom perogies? They are ukrainianian based but no one seems to make them

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                              1. re: MiniMom

                                Every weekend in the summer there is a booth in the world cafe tent next to the harbourfront centre. Two very european mom types cook them on the spot and they are delicious. No bacon, but lots of onions, sour cream and dill (if you want it). They have cheddar and potato fried and boiled as well as saurkraut filling. They also have 8-10 other options depending on the day. Great place to pop down for lunch or a snack.