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Anywhere in LA actually serve perogies!?

GrillEmAll Feb 15, 2009 10:03 PM

Im from the midwest and LOVE heavy eastern european foods, especially perogies. I have yet to find one place in Los Angeles that actually serves them! Im startin to get home sick for the things! Anyone on here know of a place that actually serves perogies or any other eastern european delights? That would be a god send!


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  1. ipsedixit RE: GrillEmAll Feb 15, 2009 10:04 PM

    Polka http://www.polkacatering.com/

    1. perk RE: GrillEmAll Feb 15, 2009 10:12 PM

      Polka, a little family-run Polish restaurant, in Glendale. I just went the other day for the first time. They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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      1. re: perk
        wienermobile RE: perk Feb 15, 2009 10:40 PM

        Warsaw restaurant on Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica.

      2. justanotherpenguin RE: GrillEmAll Feb 16, 2009 06:19 AM

        lots of threads about this on the board. sample:


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          schrutefarms RE: GrillEmAll Feb 16, 2009 08:54 AM

          If all else fails, Mrs. T's (a box of frozen perogis from most grocery stores) are pretty tasty. I first boil them, then fry them in butter with onions, then serve with a dallop of sour cram.

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            Mr Taster RE: schrutefarms Feb 16, 2009 09:45 AM

            Or just take a walk down Santa Monica Blvd east of Fairfax and head to the freezer cases for all the vareniki and pelmeni you care to eat. Also get some of that ultra dense Russian sour cream. Head home and fry 'em up with onions and serve. Great stuff.

            Mr Taster

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              GrillEmAll RE: Mr Taster Feb 16, 2009 10:54 AM

              right on! thanks for the feedback guys!!!

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                Mr Taster RE: GrillEmAll Feb 16, 2009 12:03 PM

                Much in the same way that the term "dumpling" means very little to Chinese people, a generic catch-all phrase does not exist... rather they refer to the specific type of dumpling (shui jiao, jiao zi, guo tie, etc.)

                I should say that I'm no expert in Russian cuisine, but I do know that when referring to Russian dumplings, the term "pierogie" is sort of a misnomer... an American catch-all that doesn't mean a lot to Russians, who refer to the specific dumpling types as "vareniki" and "pelmeni". If you go to those SM Blvd shops east of Fairfax, you'll encounter many Russians with sometimes limited english spoken, so it's relevant to your search. Just be sure you know which ones are filled with meat, and which are filled with sour cherry :)

                Mr Taster

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            FranklinJefferson RE: GrillEmAll Feb 16, 2009 12:22 PM

            Out Take Bistro in Studio City has Potato Vareniki (Wikipedia says they're a Russian/Ukrainian version of pierogies) that have been on their menu for at least 15 years. Potato, Caramelized Onions, Sour Cream, Chives. I think I've gotten them as an app every single time I've been there. Mmmmm...

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              Mr Taster RE: FranklinJefferson Feb 16, 2009 04:43 PM

              My understanding is that pierogi are neither vareniki nor pelmeni. Pierogi are something entirely different, yet the term has become a shorthand way in America to refer to any eastern european dumpling,

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                justanotherpenguin RE: Mr Taster Feb 16, 2009 06:15 PM

                i wrote a native's explanation in the following thread:


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