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Where can i find perogies in the san francisco bay area?

thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 06:35 AM

Looking for real perogies anywhere in the South Bay if possible, if not anywhere in the Bay Area. Thanks!

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  1. rworange RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 06:38 AM

    Frozen to bring home or eat-in a restaurant?

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      ML8000 RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 08:43 AM

      The Russian delis in the Richmond District, Geary Blvd, around 17th Ave to around 23rd Ave, will have real ones.

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        scenicrec RE: ML8000 Oct 17, 2006 03:06 PM

        I've seen peroskis on this area, but pierogis? Are they fresh or frozen?

        If they're fresh, I may have to take a bus ride this afternoon...

        1. re: scenicrec
          rworange RE: scenicrec Oct 17, 2006 04:22 PM

          No fresh and the best bet for frozen pierogis would be Seakor which has an outpost in Campbell, so if the OP is looking for the frozen variety that's a place to go as well as Russian Cafe & Deli down the street in Campbell.

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        jsaimd RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 03:14 PM

        Closer to you is a little Russian place accross the street from the Milk Pail in Mountain View (San Antonio Shopping Center). I have never been there, but friends that lived in Russia for awhile said it was real Russian food. If they don't have them, they will know who does. Milk Pail is run by a Russian family, but I haven't seen perogies there.

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          rworange RE: jsaimd Oct 17, 2006 04:29 PM

          Yeah, I love that place, but no pierogies, just Russian Dumplings. However, one of the best sources of frozen pierogis is just down the street from Milk Pail at Crossroads World Market. They have about a dozen sweet and savory varieties from a number of companies.

          In Palo Alto there is Polish Deli which has a nice frozen selection too. Winmart in Sunnyvale has some but it is not as extensive as the other two. Here's a link discussing Polish sausages that has the addresses for the places mentioned.

          Well, as long as I mentioned the sources of frozen pierogies, I might as well answer the three restaurants I know that serve them, none in the South Bay
          - Chopin in Walnut Creek which is the best Polish restaurant in the Bay Area
          - Old Krakow in SF where I'm not so thrilled with the Polish food, but the pierogies are ok.
          - Hilaries in San Rafael ... not yet, but the owner says she wants to add them to the menu in the future..

          1. re: rworange
            Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Oct 17, 2006 04:40 PM

            For frozen there's also Delikateski in Concord.

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              rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2006 04:46 PM

              Yeah, but not worth the ride from the South Bay where closer, better frozen sources are available. I just got into out of the area places in response to other posts that mentioned SF. There's Euromix too in Oakland, I think, although you probably have a better idea of Euromix than I do at this point. I keep meaning to get back.

              And the restaurants ... well, there's nothing in the South Bay, but it does bring up something I forgot to mention. There's a growing Polish Community down that way. It may be too early for restaurants, but I hope South Bay people keep their eyes open. I'm hoping more Polish people will eventually mean another Polish restaurant down that way.

              1. re: rworange
                Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Oct 17, 2006 05:02 PM

                Delikateski's a short drive from Chopin.

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                  rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2006 05:06 PM

                  Yes, but that is a different case. Chopin is one of the few places serving pierogies and even if in the area, why bring frozen pierogies back to the South Bay where there are better sources near by. It's not that close to Chopin either, If I was going that way, I'd suggest the Russian place with the disco ball in Walnut Creek.

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          scenicrec RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 05:00 PM

          I've been spoiled by the fresh Polish pierogis of Chicopee, Mass, which were available in all the local supermarkets. Unfortunatly, I haven't found anything comparable in the Bay Area.

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          1. re: scenicrec
            Oakland Barb RE: scenicrec Oct 17, 2006 05:25 PM

            Piroshki are sold on Friday only at Crixa on Adeline in Berkeley... and they are fabulous!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Oakland Barb Oct 17, 2006 05:29 PM

              Web site says Friday and Saturday--but peroshki aren't much like pierogis. The Russian counterpart is pelmeni (smaller, more like ravioli).


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                rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2006 05:44 PM

                Yeah to both. Piroshki, in Crixa's case, are flaky baked turnovers where pierogies are boiled dumplings.

                I wouldn't even count on Friday's for the piroshki, though that might be their latest thing. Crixa makes them on various days and the only way to be sure if they are available is to check the main page for what they are selling that day. Took a peak today and they are selling pogacsa today which are one of my absolute favorite things at Crixa, don't get sold often and when they do they go fast. They are the lightest, butteriest biscuits that would put the biscuits of the best Southern cook to shame.

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                  Oakland Barb RE: rworange Oct 17, 2006 05:49 PM

                  Thanks for the clarification on the difference!
                  I stated Fridays as that's what I was told in the bakery, rather than rely on the website information.

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                    rworange RE: Oakland Barb Oct 17, 2006 05:54 PM

                    Yeah, with Crixa, the only thing you can count on is that main page that they post at 10 am every day. I've been told a number of times in person that something was being made on a certain day and it turned out not to be so ... and as far as the other schedules on the website, it's hit and miss. I do wish the'd post that daily list earlier though because I don't live close by and sometimes the item I want is gone within the hour of opening, like those pogasca.

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                    psb RE: rworange Oct 19, 2006 10:36 AM

                    >the only way to be sure if they are available is to check
                    >the main page for what they are selling that day.
                    Doveryay, no proveryay :-)
                    [trust, but verify]

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              Sitka RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 07:31 PM

              There's a Russian Family Bakery in San Bruno on Camino Plaza (runs parallel to El Camino) across from Melody Toyota. I've walked by several times but haven't stopped.

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                katya RE: thinkfuture Oct 17, 2006 10:58 PM

                Here's another Russian bakery. I assume they'd carry piroshkis, not sure about pierogies. I know you can buy the frozen stuff at Trader Joe's and Safeway, but that probably doesn't help you.

                5175 Moorpark Ave Ste 5
                San Jose, CA 95129
                (408) 996-1199

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                1. re: katya
                  rworange RE: katya Oct 17, 2006 11:34 PM

                  No piergies at Renata's. Great stuffed cabbage though.

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                  thinkfuture RE: thinkfuture Oct 19, 2006 03:18 AM

                  Trader Joe's & Safeway? Which ones cuase I haven't sen them at my local ones in Los Gatos...

                  1. yayadave RE: thinkfuture Oct 19, 2006 03:22 AM

                    The same question is on the Onterio board. I have the same answer. Aren't there any Russian or Ukranian churches that offer perohi made by the little babas?

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                    1. re: yayadave
                      rworange RE: yayadave Oct 19, 2006 03:40 AM

                      No. And believe me, I'm keeping tabs on that. At best there was a Polish church offering Polish donuts and they were lousy. The ladies made them a day or two before and there is little worse than a day-old donut. I am keeping an eye on the Polish church in San Jose with hopes.

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                      scenicrec RE: thinkfuture Oct 19, 2006 07:17 AM

                      I've yet to see a Russian bakery that carries pierogies.

                      Peroshkis, da. Pierogis, nyet!

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