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Pierogi's in the triangle?

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Anyone know where to find good Pierogi's in the area? How about a good authentic jewish deli?

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  1. An authentic Jewish deli -- you can barely find an authentic Jewish deli even in NY these days! I don't know of anything that even tries to fit this description in the Triangle, and I suspect that I would have heard of such a place did it exist. Your best bet might be the Guglelhopf bakery in Durham -- it's German rather than Jewish, but they make excellent rye bread. You can also pick up a mediocre Challah on Fridays at Weaver Street Market. That's about all I can tell you.

    You might try Whole Foods or Harris Teeter or Lowes for frozen pierogi. I know they're manufactured because I recall trying them some years ago.

    The three restaurants I would most love to have magically transplanted to the Triangle: Second Avenue Deli in New York, Pepe's Pizza in New Haven, China Pearl in Boston.

    David A.

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    1. re: David A.

      If you are ever in Greensboro, there is a polish deli named Integro in the Adams Farms shopping center next to Harris Teeter. I had homemade pierogis there on Wed. Much better than Mrs.T's!! They were mushroom and saurkraut. They also have pot.and cheese, and meat. They have other polish dishes, such as stuffed cabbage and fresh keilbasa, borscht too. Lots of interesting stuff. It is on High Point road in or near Sedgfield.

      1. re: Sarah G.

        Wow, I lived in adams farm for 5 years and left there in 2005. How long has this place been here? Next time I am home I will try this. We live in NJ and have found a great Polish place in Brooklyn called Christina's. We love it.

        1. re: Bengaliwife

          The post before yours was in Nov 2003 so I'd guess it was there when you were there. The last time I was there it was a door or two to the left of the Mexican place.

    2. depressingly, there are no good pierogi in the area. I have a friend in Cleveland who brings me coolers full of them from time to time. I know you can get them mail order from a few places, but I haven't tried any of them yet.


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        Tom from Durham

        Horwitz' Deli in MacGregor Village (Cary) is the area's closest approximation of a good Jewish deli. Actually had a decent tongue sandwich there last time I stopped in. The wife had chopped liver, also good. They serve Dr. Brown's, they have knishes--don't know about pierogis, though. All in all, not bad--not world-class, but not bad at all.

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        1. re: Tom from Durham
          Tom from Durham

          I called Horwitz's. They do not serve pierogies. :-(

        2. Mrs. T's are readily available in area supermarkets. Not home made, but not bad, either.

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          1. re: Ed

            Before I resorted to mrs T,I would get mail order Millies pierogi. I am a freak for them ...so I make my own.

          2. I haven't been able to fine a decent one yet. I moved here 5 years ago and before I left CA my sister and came nearly close enough to be kind of proud of our grandma's Detroit Polish recipe of being perfect. It's an all day project. I'd be happy to share the recipe. any takers?

            1. I'm not a pierogi expert at all, but I can say that they are on the menu at Dain's in Durham. My friends who have had them say they're good.

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              1. re: sarahUNC

                This thread was five years old so don't go looking for Horwitz's for deli food. They closed a few years ago. Also, Integro in Greensboro was more of a grocery than a deli. Around Christmas they have had a larger selection of homemade items than during other parts of the year. I'd call them and see what they have.


                This just in. Integro has a branch in Raleigh. I haven't been there, but stuffed cabbage and borscht have been calling lately.


                1. re: blewgo

                  Halgo's in Durham (http://www.halgo-durham.com/) has some pretty good pierogis - they serve them prepared in the store and they sell frozen ones in all kinds of flavors. I'll be taking some of them to our office potluck next week.

                  They also sell frozen potato pancakes that are really good too.

                  Pierogis are on the menu at J. Betski's in Raleigh sometimes.


                  1. re: romansperson

                    I have no personal knowledge, but I have coworkers whose culinary opinions I respect who enthuse about Halgo's.

              2. Still hanker after that authentic Jewish deli, but in the meantime, daVinci's, the pasta store in Falls Village Shopping Center (where the North Raleigh Fresh Market used to be) sells deli meat they bring in from the Bronx. The corned beef scratches that deli itch and I've heard that the tongue is quite good.as well. I like the roast beef, too -- nice and rare and it tops the bleh stuff from Boar's Head.

                Da Vinci's Uptown Pasta
                6617 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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                1. re: TerryG

                  This other thread:


                  mentions a place called From New York with Love that has locations in Raleigh and Cary. The URL for it in that thread is incorrect, though - here's the right one:


                  I've never been there and wouldn't know an 'authentic' deli if it ran me over, anyway, so the comments in the other thread should help.

                2. J. Betskis is offering potato & cheese pierogi's for pickup for the holidays. Looks like you must place order by 12/17/08 as per mailing I received from their mailing list. However, their website shows 12/15 as the cut off date...

                  Either way, $9/dozen

                  1. Based on the tip in this thread, I checked out Halgo's last week. We tried the frozen Pierogi's (from Chicago) - definitely far better than Mrs. T"s. They have an amazing variety. Also had the frozen stuffed cabbage rolls (yummy) and bought some cold cuts and cheese. The owner insisting I try a number of things, so I wasn't hungry anymore by the time I left the store. The Kielbasa is excellent (I got the extra garlic kind - there's also a double-smoked) and the German bologna (from N. Jersey) and salami - both much better than Boar's Head imo. This is a great little shop to support - it's easy to get to - very close to 40. Take the 55 to 54 exit, turn onto 54 toward Raleigh - the next big intersection is Alston Ave. Turn left on Alston. The shop is just past the BP station on the left. Closed Mondays, I think.

                    1. on sundays, blinco's has pierogis on the menu. they are delicious. blinco's is a sports bar on 70/glenwood and the owner is from buffalo, ny, so they have some foods from that area.

                      1. Polonez polish Deli - great pierogis, kilebasa, 5540 atlantic spring rd, suite 102, raleigh, nc 27616, great double smoked, double garlic, kilebasa, tel 919-790-1466