Pittsburgh Ethnic Food
I'll be visiting Pittsburgh soon and am looking for some suggestions regarding ethnic food in the area. Specifically I'm looking for Polish or Eastern European places. I'll be staying downtown and have already collected Fine Dining recommendations but am still trying to round out my plans with some hearty pirogies and sausages, etc.
Try to get into Jozsa Corner in Homewood. You do need a reservation and there is a chance the owner/chef will lose it. But if you do get in, you'll have a really traditional Hungarian experience. As you probably imagine, it's not exactly health food.
The S&D deli is good, although it's a deli. Szmidt's deli in Hazelwood also good, but also a deli.
Seems odd that there aren't more Polish/E. European places here given the immigrant history, but it's out of fashion - can't think of any young adults remotely interested in E. Euro food beyond pierogi. That said, I haven't been to Gooski's in awhile (and it's really a dive bar) but they used to make decent golabki.
These aren't necessarily the best places in town, but merely the places I've tried and found good enough to warrant a good word:
The Penn Brewery in the North Side should have some of the sausages and pierogies you're looking for. Only been there once myself, but I remember it being enjoyable. I remember liking their sausage plate, and IIRC they made a reasonably decent goulash.
The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern specializes in Polish food. When I was there, the food was sometimes underseasoned, sometimes unbalanced (lots of starch on a plate) and very, very low-key... but at the same time, satisfying in its own way. Friendly dive bar kind of vibe to the place. IIRC, the most interesting thing I had there was a duck soup thickened with blood - it was surprisingly sour and challenging but at the same time very interesting and enjoyable once I got used to it. Still, it's the kind of place where a healthy buzz makes the food a lot more crave-able.
Haven't been to either one in a couple years and I'm sorry that I can't give you a little more detail about the food, but my memory is hazy.
I hope someone can be more helpful... Pittsburgh's, true ethnic food scene is very lacking. (I am sure there are hole in teh wall places, that people can argue. )
There is a Polish Deli is the Strip Distric ( S & D POLISH DELI) that people seem to really enjoy..Never have been,