Top Five Places to Find the Best Pierogis in Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh is known for many things, such as the Steelers, the Big Mac, the polio vaccine, and a quirky regional accent. But the City of Champions also takes pride in its pierogies. Pierogies are a filled dumpling popular in Eastern European countries and popular across Pennsylvania — and not just in Pittsburgh. Whether they are made by little old ladies in church basements or at your favorite hole in the wall, pierogies are a staple in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. So, grab some butter, sour cream, or onions and read on to where the best pierogies can be found.

Church Brew Works
The Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville features some of the best and quirky architecture. Converted from a church into a brewery, the Church Brew Works showcases some of the best local beers. Not only does the Church Brew Works have tasty draft beers such as the Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, and the Pious Monk Dunkel, but it also features traditional and daily "untraditional" pierogies. Also, try your pierogies on a pizza. Check the menu here.

Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie
Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie in Downtown Pittsburgh next to the iconic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel pays homage to the Whiskey Rebellion and Pittsburgh's history by bringing together great local food and handmade cocktails. Located across the river from PNC Park, Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie serves hearty food including the braised short rib pierogies. While short ribs are not a traditional stuffing in a pierogi, this dish is a favorite item.

S & D Polish Deli
The S & D Polish Deli in the Strip District serves traditional Polish food and has an impressive array of European imported products. Popular and packed on the weekends, come for the haluski, kiszka or kielbasy but make sure to have a side of pierogies to go with it. Choose from stuffing such as potato and cheddar cheese, potato and farmer cheese or the kraut and mushroom. Save room for the sweet pierogies afterward. You won't go wrong.

Pierogies Plus
Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks has been making and serving pierogies since 1991. Sold in several locations in Pittsburgh such as the Bigelow Grille, Gooski's and Meat & Potatoes. The main is located in a renovated gas station which was recently expanded and updated. Pierogies from Pierogies Plus are made in the traditional Eastern European tradition. They also ship their pierogies across the world.

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Bloomfield is another restaurant serving Polish food. While listening to the live music at the BBT, enjoy a Polish Platter (in red or white in honor of the Polish flag), the golabki, and, of course, the pierogis. Every Friday and Saturday enjoy your pierogies at half off from 5 to 7 pm. Check out their menu for all of their delicious selections.

Cheryl Werber came to Pittsburgh in 1995 for college and never left. Catch her on Twitter or Instagram.