It’s about that time of year – we’re seriously craving our fave Polish delight! Pierogi are in season people – and a few Buffalo restaurants are taking the yummy stuffed dumplings to the next level. These restaurants have put their own exciting and unique twist on the dish, and we suggest that you get at them immediately (some of these are seasonal- aka v time-sensitive).
1. Black Sheep
367 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
You’ll notice that the pierogi here are listed on the small plate menu with no description. Your pierogi may be filled with pork and potato, sausage and sauerkraut, pork and onion… it all just depends on the day (aka if you’re the experimental type, this one’s for you). But we can assure you that no matter the day, you’ll be thoroughly impressed with their authentic European version of the plate.
4401 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221
PSA: pierogi is available as an app and entrée here (anyone else down for a two-course pierogi meal?). For starters, they’ve got two variations to choose from- we’ll let the descriptions speak for themselves. First up, the “pierogi with burnt ends” aka their house-made farmer’s cheese pierogi pan-fried in butter with apples and bacon, green onion, grained mustard, and crispy fried onion. The second starter option is the “house-made pierogi with vegetables” aka a house-made farmer’s cheese and thyme pierogi, garnished with caramelized onion, sautéed spinach, plum tomato, and wild mushroom. And finally, the pork and pierogi entrée is the ultimate pierogi-lover’s comfort meal with slow-smoked pulled pork, caramelized onion, roasted garlic cloves, bacon, braised mustard greens, tomatoes, their house-made farmer’s cheese pierogi drenched in chicken jus (can I get an amen?!).
1472 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
If you prefer a potato-stuffed pierogi, we def recommend the pierogi starter here. The pierogi are house-made and stuffed with potato and roasted shishito peppers, then topped with braised lamb from Belleview Farm and herbed creme fraîche (we’ll save you the Google search- fraîche is a thicker heavy cream soured with buttermilk). Bonus points for originality here- we’re into it.