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Oct 17, 2006 06:35 AM

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

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

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  1. Frozen to bring home or eat-in a restaurant?

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

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      1. re: ML8000

        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

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: jsaimd

          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

            For frozen there's also Delikateski in Concord.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              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

                Delikateski's a short drive from Chopin.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  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.

        2. 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

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

            1. re: Oakland Barb

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


              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                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.

                1. re: rworange

                  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.

                  1. re: Oakland Barb

                    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.

                  2. re: rworange

                    >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]

            2. 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.