PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh may be becoming an up-and-coming food destination, but the Steel City still stands by its first love: the pierogi.
A recent piece in Wall Street Journal lists off the best five places in the ‘Burgh to find everyone’s favorite comfort food.READ MORE: Grandmother Of Wandering Child Charged With Child Endangerment, Public Drunkenness
1. Apteka: 4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield
The author said “fermentation and smoke” brings deep flavor to the dishes.
2. Butterjoint: 14 N. Craig St., Oakland
At this classic spot, the author recommends ordering your pierogies with all the trimmings: “sauerkraut, sautéed greens and an arc of smoky kielbasa.”
Sous chef Jessica George insists keeping it simple is key.
“Top it with caramelized onions, serve it with sour cream and that’s about it,” she said.
3. Pierogies Plus: 342 Island Ave., McKees RocksREAD MORE: Pitt Offering Prizes, Including Up To $2,500 In Cash, To Students Vaccinated Against COVID-19
This location is recognized for its filling. The Reuben pierogi was apparently a stand out dish.
“Many people come and ask for pierogies that mama made, or grandma used to make, and they cannot get them anywhere, like sauerkraut and mushroom,” explained owner Helena Mannarino.
4. St. Mary the Dormition of the Birthgiver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church: 16 Ella St., McKees Rocks
The people who make pierogies here say they go through 100 pounds of potatoes a week.
5. Bloomfield Bridge Tavern: 4412 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
The owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern promises “‘the second-best Polish food in the city.’ The best, he insists, is made at home.”
“We have potato and cheese, we have sauerkraut, and cottage cheese and chive,” owner Steven Frankowski told KDKA.
What do you think? Are these the finest Pittsburgh has to offer, or were the real stars left out?MORE NEWS: 2 Pittsburgh Organizations Receiving Part Of MacKenzie Scott's $2.7 Billion Donation