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Best Piroshki in SF?

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Brian Murphy Dec 13, 2001 05:42 PM

I used to get these amazing mushroom piroshki at some place on Geary, now gone. The mushroom filling included some sort of vermicelli or rice noodles - little clear strands of something. Anyhow, I've been longing for really good piroshki of any kind. I tried some at Moscow Bakery on Geary, but found them really heavy, doughy, and oily. They made me a little ill. And they were long, like bagel dogs, instead of the oval piroshki of my youth. Can you guide me to a good one?

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    Sharuf Dec 14, 2001 11:28 AM

    It's been over a year, but I had a wonderful meal of soup and piroshki at the (Russian) Cinderella Bakery and lunchroom on Balboa at Fifth Avenue. You can buy the piroshki (several kinds) at the bakery counter, or get them served with lunch in the back room.

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      Ruth Lafler Dec 14, 2001 02:51 PM

      I was wondering if the Cinderella Bakery was still around. The Richmond has always been the home of the SF Russian community, but it seemed to me the community had almost died out (or become assimilated) before the most recent wave of Russian immigrants came along.

      When I was a child my grandparents (Russian Jews) would often tack on a trip to the Cinderella Bakery to pick up some piroshki on the way home from a visit with my Great-Uncle who lived in the outer Richmond.

      The food at my Great-Uncle's house was always a mixture of '60s American (fun with jello salad) and Sicilian (he and his Sicilian in-laws shared a duplex). I still regret that my Great-Great-Aunt Anna never had a chance to teach me how she made cannoli!

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        Brian Murphy Dec 17, 2001 12:58 PM

        I stopped by Cinderella Bakery yesterday. It seemed quite Russian, as the piroshki tray was empty. But happily, the nice Russian woman disappeared to the kitchen and emerged with a piping hot new batch. I got a cabbage and a meat - YUM! Tender, airy dough, filled with delicious cabbage and I think little bits of hard-boiled egg. Yes, they were greasy enough to turn the paper bag transparent within minutes, but well worth it, especially the cabbage. The meat was good - filled with hearty ground beef, but the cabbage won my heart. At $1.60 each, I have a new favorite unemployment lunch.

        Thanks for the reccomendation!

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          Sharuf Dec 18, 2001 09:50 PM

          Sorry to hear you're unemployed. Were you a dot-commer? I entered involuntary premature retirement about 3 years ago after my employer got gobbled-up and shut down their San Rafael office (I designed and developed "electronic products" - tutorials, demos, etc.) Once upon a time I did a little free-lance food writing and would like to get back into that sort of thing.

          Anyway, good luck, and anjoy the piroshkis. My local deli sells unexceptional versions for over $2.00 and zaps them in the microwave. Not the same thing as the real stuff.

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          Mad Russian Jan 12, 2002 10:00 PM

          Cinderella is a great choice, for certain. You may also want to try the European Grocery on Clement and 32nd. In addition to the usual fried piroshki they have the flaky baked kind, with cabbage, meat, potato, and sweet fillings. Not bad at all. Unfortunately, any deli's piroshki is likely to be inferior to the home-make variety because this is a food that simply must be consumed fresh from the frier/oven and the mechanics of food service preclude this. Happy munching,
          David

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            Ruth Lafler Jan 14, 2002 03:28 PM

            Good tip! I've always preferred the baked piroshi myself.

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            Limster Jan 12, 2002 10:10 PM

            The Russian folks in our lab swear by this place. It's hearty, cheap and very homey. The sour cherry dummpling (palmeni? or something like that) are also great.

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          chowhoundX Dec 13, 2001 07:39 PM

          There is Galant on Petrero, a little distributor that will sell you a few out of their office/kitchen during business hours. I like them, though I haven't tried any others in SF to compare. They fit your shape criteria (they are round) but they're kinda oily.

          Galant Food Company
          585 Potrero Street
          San Francisco, CA

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            Zach Georgopoulos Dec 13, 2001 07:46 PM

            Is Galant the same as Paramount Piroshki, also on Portrero?

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              chowhoundX Dec 13, 2001 09:31 PM

              Yes, I believe so. I think Paramount might be the brand name.

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            Melanie Wong Dec 13, 2001 06:07 PM

            Here's a pointer to an earlier discussion of the piroshki made by Moosetta's in Sonoma. There's a link to the company's website there - maybe they distribute in SF too.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              sheila Jan 11, 2002 11:13 PM

              I just have to get involved in the 'Best Piroshki' conversation.

              The House of Piroshki (gone now) used to be @ 9th & Irving was by far the best. Cinderella is the best I have found recently & they also have 'Kudre'. These are deep fried dough strips covered in powdered sugar & are a great memory from my childhood.

              I tried Paramount once & unless they have changed tremendously they coule not compare to the House of Piroshki or Cinderella.

              When all else fails these can be made at home & are not that hard. The easiest & quickest way is to use Bridgeford frozen bread & your favorite filling.

              Happy eating...

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                Rochelle Jan 12, 2002 10:04 PM

                cinderella is on balboa between 5th and 6th. i used to eat out of hand ALL the time when i lived in that hood. deeeelicious. they usually had a good soup as well. and the little russian ladies always intrigued me...

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