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Lent is soon coming. Is there anyplace in the DC/Baltimore region in which to get excellent versions of these Polish delicacies or do I have to go back to Jersey? Church sale? Out of the way Polish deli or bakery? And if you can also point me to a sublime poppy seed roll I'll be truly appreciative.

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  1. Go to Sophies in the Fells Point market for polish goodies. There is also Polish Treasures in Fells Point on I think Wolfe Street, they are mainly a gift shop but have a pierogy (and coddie) connection and also the Krakus deli in Fells point on I think Eastern Avenue.
    Also, the Giant's flyer for this week is advertising Paczkis.

    1. The pierogies at Polish Treasures are fantastic. You could also visit the Polish Home Club on Saturday night (from 6:30 to 10:00, they have live music) and ask around. Everyone is super nice there and it's a great place to get a cheap beer and dance to some polka.

      1. We get our pierogis, Polish sausage, pickles, smoked fish, etc., at Krakus Deli. I don't know from authentic, but they make us happy. It's actually on Fleet, not Eastern, a block and a half east of Broadway.

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        1. I haven't tried them, but the Giant stores sell boxed Paczki.

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          1. re: Jason1

            Someone brought in a few boxes of these to work on Tuesday. They were pretty lousy.

          2. Thanks all! Fells Point it is. I might have to do a taste test between Sophies, Polish Treasures and Krakus Deli. Here is an article that sheds a little more light on the subject. http://www.citypaper.com/bob/story.as... I definitely have to find out when the St. Sophia's sisterhood is making theirs.

            1. Haven't tried their Kielbasa, but I suspect The Kielbasa Factory in Rockville has other Polish delicacies around Easter. Worth a call. Here's the recent article from the Post:

              http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

              1. Just a quick reply regarding the link for the city paper article, Ze Mean Bean does allow you to choose the pierogie flavor of your choice, if you do not want to try the 3 flavors. On Thursday it's Slavic night, they offer a $9.95 combo of borscht and your choice of pierogi or holupki.

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                1. re: palynew

                  They also have an appetizer special called the slavic platter, 3 pierogy, a kielbasa, a holupki and a potato pancake with apple sauce and sour cream, it was $10!

                2. The OLD WORLD Deli on Liberty Road in Randallstown use to stock many of the local ethnic products, Binkerts etc.....

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                  1. re: Hue

                    St.Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church on Eastern Ave. sells pierogies on Friday mornings, I believe.

                      1. re: Ellen

                        It's in Baltimore, on Eastern Ave. maybe a block east of Patterson Park Ave.

                        1. re: Ellen

                          There are several churches doing this around this time. If you check out the SE Baltimore Guide there are listings of the churches, times, orders, and such. It might sound strange, but coddies and pierogies go weirdly well together.

                    1. Does anyone know any place preferably in DC? Any where closer than Rockville?

                      1. Krakus is good. While you're in the neighborhood, there is an Eastern EU market inside the Broadway Market a few blocks away. They make their own pierogies (about 12 different kinds) and hand make their keilbasa. Boxes of sweets are lined along the back with some homemade poppy seed cake to boot. It is the only place that still sells things like plum pierogies these days.