Pierogi: The Quintessential Pittsburgh Food

The love affair Pittsburghers have with pierogi can be traced back to the city’s Polish heritage. No matter how many food trends come and go, these comforting dumplings continue to be a culinary staple in the Steel City. Just how popular are they? The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival has become a recent annual tradition, local print shop Commonwealth Press sells a Pierogi Pillow, and the Pittsburgh Pirates feature a Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race during every home game, where humans dressed as various flavors of the popular dumplings compete in a 280-yard dash.

Our unofficial “favorite food” lives large in our imaginations and on our dinner plates, evidenced by the delicious hometown choices below. We include the reigning Pierogi Fest champs here… even though they’re from Detroit.

Apteka

4606 Penn Avenue
Try the Pierogi z Ziemniakami, boiled potato and cabbage pierogi, at this all-vegan Central- and Eastern European-focused restaurant.

Butterjoint

208 N. Craig Street
Butterjoint’s pierogies have been well-loved by locals for years. We recommended the pierogies with kielbasa, featuring greens, caramelized onions, pickled beets, sauerkraut, and sour cream.

Church Brew Works

3525 Liberty Avenue
Pair your pierogi with a delicious draft beer in this former church-turned-brewery. Try their traditional potato- and cheese-filled dumplings or splurge on one of their newer creations, like a buffalo chicken pierogi sauté, tossed with beer-braised chicken and celery in a zesty buffalo cream sauce.

Pierogies Plus

342 Island Avenue
This beloved McKees Rocks takeout spot creates its pierogi dough and fillings from scratch every day. Grab a hot plate of one of their sample platters, featuring traditional pierogi and other Polish delicacies like haluski, or, if you’re planning a party, special-order a large cold order of more unique offerings, including a wide variety of dessert pierogi.

S & D Polish Deli

2204 Penn Avenue
Catering is key at this Strip District deli, featuring traditional Polish potato and cheddar pierogi that’s frozen by the dozen or, for the ultimate host, a full-size pan containing four dozen of the dumplings ready to be refrigerated and reheated at home.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

1429 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
Wait, what is a Detroit wholesale company doing on a Pittsburgh pierogi list?! Don’t blame us. In a city full of delicious dumplings, attendees at the 2022 Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival named this Detroit joint as the best pierogi in town. While they’re admittedly delicious, we’re hoping locals step up during the next festival in 2024 to bring the crown back home.

Story by Lisa Cunningham / Photography by Jeff Swensen / Styling by Nina Katz

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