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Need my Pierogi

SIMIHOUND Sep 27, 2011 01:04 PM

Hi fellow CH's.
Other than POLKA, I am looking for pierogi, either fresh or homemade frozen that I can get to take home that is within 50 miles of the SFV. There was a rumor of someone in the inland empire that made them but I have had no luck finding this person. Thanks and Happy New Year Year to my Jewish friends.

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  1. Servorg Sep 27, 2011 01:20 PM

    Warszawa and J & T European Gourmet Food - both in pretty close proximity to each other in Santa Monica (making it much more convenient to try both on the same trip).

    Warszawa Restaurant
    1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    J & T European Gourmet Food
    1128 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: Servorg
      happybaker Sep 27, 2011 02:08 PM

      I'd also check the frozen section of Jons. My tiny mind seems to remember seeing some. (Hope it wasn't peroshki's!)

      Oops - just read that you want HOMEMADE frozen. See? I told you my mind was tiny...

    2. perk Sep 27, 2011 02:58 PM

      There's a place called Hortobagy (sp?) in the valley that has them. They moved to another location not too long ago....so I'm not sure exactly where they are.
      Also...not local....but I've had good luck ordering from Millie's Pierogi. They have a website....and make fabulous home made pierogi. I've sent them to my very picky mother....and she had no complaints. Which is somewhat miraculous. And they're very nice.

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        SIMIHOUND Sep 27, 2011 05:41 PM

        As near as I can figure Hortobagy is closed. They have no website and the phone number leads me to an Indian restaurant. Thanks so far to everyone.

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          perk Sep 27, 2011 06:02 PM

          A friend of mine told me she was pretty sure they'd relocated. I'll check with her and report back if there is news.

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            perk Sep 27, 2011 06:05 PM

            Ok...it seems that the Hortobagy folks have taken over Duna Csardas on Melrose.

            5820 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            1. re: SIMIHOUND
              Peripatetic Sep 27, 2011 06:07 PM

              Laszlo (the who was the chef at Hortobagy) is now at Maximillian's in North Hollywood.


              11330 Weddington St, North Hollywood, CA 91601

              1. re: Peripatetic
                Dogbite Williams Sep 28, 2011 03:59 PM

                My brother, sister-in-law and I dined at Maximillian's. We all enjoyed it.

                11330 Weddington St, Los Angeles, CA 91601

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            Clyde Sep 27, 2011 03:46 PM

            i've seen them at whole foods but i've never tried them and only have ever had polka's so sorry can't be much more help.

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              HaroldandMaude Sep 27, 2011 03:52 PM

              J & T European Deli, 1128 Wilshire in Santa Monica

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                perk Sep 28, 2011 03:02 PM

                Based on these recommendations, I went there today, based on these recommendations. I must say....I was a bit disappointed. The sausages looked interesting....but there was no fresh
                piergogi. Just frozen. I bought some and will try it...but I thought they would have a few more things.
                And they charged 10 cents for a paper bag. Really? A bag costs money? I found that strange.....

                1. re: perk
                  Das Ubergeek Sep 28, 2011 03:13 PM

                  Most places make them homemade and freeze them. Even the ones that sell them to you fresh normally thaw them from frozen. I'm not sure about Polka, but that's the case even in Polish areas in New Jersey. I've had good homemade pierogi from Moscow Deli in Costa Mesa and from Polka Deli in Orange (NOT related to Polka in Glassell Park). Both are just barely within your 50-mile radius.

                  As for the 10 cents for a paper bag—that is not anything to do with J&T, it's a citywide law in Santa Monica that bans single-use plastic bags and forces a 10c-per-bag charge for paper. Bring your own reusable bag and avoid the charge.

                  Moscow Deli
                  3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek
                    SIMIHOUND Sep 28, 2011 03:29 PM

                    I was at Polka last week and they were indeed fresh and wonderful. Thanks a bunch to everyone who posted.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      perk Sep 28, 2011 07:03 PM

                      Thanks for the info about the bags. I'd forgotten about that.
                      The pierogi that I bought at J & T were packaged...not homemade and frozen.
                      But I'll give them a try.

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                        SIMIHOUND Sep 28, 2011 11:29 PM

                        Wow! I called J&T and the guy who admittedly was very rushed and was anxious to get me off the phone said they were frozen. He also said they were about $27.00 per dozen. Huh!

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                          perk Sep 29, 2011 10:08 PM

                          I'm not sure what I paid....but I think I would have remembered that!
                          Millie's would be cheaper than that...even with shipping!

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                      jsandler Sep 28, 2011 03:14 PM

                      The bag fee is because of a law in Santa Monica which went into effect a couple of months ago and not because the market wanted to charge you. Plastic bags are banned and there is a mandatory 10 cent fee for paper bags.

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                    arb Sep 27, 2011 06:05 PM

                    Millie's is great for mail order. For frozen, Super King has them. (At least the one on San Fernando Road does.)

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                    1. re: arb
                      pizzafreak Sep 30, 2011 07:27 AM

                      There are 2 Russian Deli's near each other that carry them frozen in the Valley. The first is Grandma's (Babushka) which is located on Laurel Canyon and Riverside, in the mall in back of Starbucks. The other is Odessa, which is located on Magnolia and Laurel, in the mall opposite JON's supermarket.

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                        SIMIHOUND Sep 30, 2011 08:31 AM

                        Thanks again everyone.

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                      chinchi Sep 30, 2011 08:59 AM

                      Whole Food For Life market on Los Feliz in Atwater Village carries pierogis.

                      Whole Food For Life
                      3070 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      1. justanotherpenguin Oct 2, 2011 12:27 PM

                        Here is a link (with a link within) with some valuable information. Bazaar is still around, and, in my opinion, the best for Russian style pirozhki. I don't believe that Traktir survived.


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                        1. re: justanotherpenguin
                          Dogbite Williams Oct 3, 2011 11:27 PM

                          Traktir is still listed on Menu Pages.

                          8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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