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Sep 15, 2008 07:05 PM

(MSP) Pierogies

What are people's thoughts on where to find the best pierogies in town?

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  1. Kramarczuk's is the only restaurant where I've had really good pierogi--the sauerkraut kind like Mom makes! Nye's was pretty average. I've heard there are a few churches in Northeast that have pierogi lunches, but I've never been able to figure out when they're scheduled.

    Kramarczuk East European Deli
    215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    1. Russian Tea House on University in St. Paul has them sometimes. I apologize for not remembering what day...maybe someone else can chime in.

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      1. re: MSPD

        Forgive my confusion, but I thought they had the pierogies every day, whereas the stroganoff was only on Fridays? Note--Russian Tea House on University Avenue in St. Paul is only open for lunch and only on weekdays...

        Also, the pierogies are delicious, but my understand is that they aren't "authentic", that they've adjusted their recipe to baking instead of deep frying, etc. I love them, but I just want to make sure people's expectations are clear. Lovely, lovely people run the place.



        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          You might be right TDQ. I'm a little distracted this morning and I haven't been over there since early in the summer.

          As for the cooking method, it's a little bit gray. I'm of Polish and Ukrainian descent so I can pick and choose what I consider "authentic" (ha ha). My personal preference is for pan frying in butter after the boiling. I'm actually not a fan of deep frying which I guess is sort of traditional Ukrainian style. However they do it, I've enjoyed the end result at Russian Tea Room.

          The biggest controversy in my family occurred when my aunt and grandma (rest her soul) stopped making them and started buying them frozen. GASP! Thankfully, I can still sweet talk my mom into making some.

        2. re: MSPD

          I was just at the RTH last week. I went for pierogies but what they have, I believe, were "pieroshkies," or something like. Whatever, I didn't like them.

          They were some kind of meat and cheese (I couldn't find any) and baked in this funny tasting, kind'a sweet bread.

          1. re: green56

            Pirozhki and pierogi are totally different things. Pirozhki are ground beef inside essentially an unsliced hamburger bun kind of thing. I wouldn't expect to find cheese in one.

            Pierogi are like a dumpling. Maybe called varenyky.

            RTH has both.


            1. re: MSPD

              Sorry, I think I complicated things by saying that the Pirozhki at RTH are baked instead of deep fried as is "traditional". RTH has Pirozhki, which is what MSPD is calling the unsliced hamburger bun thing that I previously said apparently isn't "authentic" because it's baked instead of deep fried (and, actually, I think they do put cheese in theirs--according to Dara's old City Pages review they are "Ground-beef, rice, and cheese ovals wrapped in dough" and baked.).

              They also do have vareniki which is more of a potato dumpling-like thing called varenyky that is the Russian "equivalent" to a pierogy. And, per my telephone call to Russian Tea House, they only offer the varenyky on Fridays (as MSPD had correctly, though not specifically remembered). RTH is only open Tues-Fri and from 11am-3pm.

              Dara's old (but still applicable and accurate as far as I know) City Pages review


              1. re: MSPD

                No pierogi/dumplings. That day I had my choice of piroshki or cabbage rolls.

                Borscht wasn't bad.

                1. re: green56

                  The varenyky is only available on Fridays---which is what MSPD was (correctly) remembering. RTH is only open Tues-Fri 11-3pm. The stroganoff is also available only on Fridays.


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Then I must plan on going back on a Friday.

                    1. re: green56

                      green, if you go, also get a chocolate/poppy seed roll, especially if they're right out of the oven. I absolutely obliterated the inside of my mouth with the molten chocolate once, as well trashing my car trying to eat one when I couldn't wait to get back to the office. What an utter disaster....and completely worth it.

          2. Is "pirohy" the same as pierogies? (Please excuse my ignorance.) An Edible Twin Cities article from a year ago, which I kept but have not followed up on, says St. Constantine Catholic Church (Ukrainian) serves homemade pirohy every Friday between 11 am and 1 pm. You can eat in or have them to go. Their website,, does not have any information about this. So, it is probably best to call and confirm the above info. before you go. The church is at 515 University Ave. NE, Mpls., and their phone number is 612-379-2394. Please post a report if you go!

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            1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

              i think they are pretty much the same, just different permutations on the same dumpling... and st. constantine makes a mean pirohy, handmade and only available from september to may. they have potato, kraut and prune versions, which you order in multiples of three. when you eat in, they are served with browned onions in butter and sour cream, if you like, as well as church coffee. the pick up orders are not served with the condiments, and you need to phone your order in (and i think that many people phone in early in the week for large orders). they are worth a trek across town, though if you eat to many, you may need a nap afterwards. chat up the volunteers and/or sit with some strangers for some local color.

            2. I'm pretty far from being a pierogie expert, but I was surprised to find them on the menu at the Longfellow Grill, and even more surprised at how much I enjoyed them. It's an out-of-left-field recommendation, but they really tasted, for lack of a better word, "fresh" -- not as cannonballesque as they sometimes get. And the accompanying sauce (it's been a while, but I think it was yogurt-based) really worked.

              Longfellow Grill
              2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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              1. re: jrnorton23

                Jim, thanks! Not a "left field" recommendation at all...I like the pierogi at Longfellow and had forgotten. The main flaw is that an order is pretty small (they are appetizers on the menu I think).

                1. re: jrnorton23

                  Yes, thank you. I'd always wondered about those. I never seem to get around to trying them. Maybe I should.


                2. What about Baku? Has anyone tried them there? Or tried Baku at all for that matter?