When you think of foods that are a Buffalo/Western New York staple, do you think pierogi?
Maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but we’re here to confirm that it’s a *very* Buffalo thing to have grown up eating the delicious fried dumplings regularly – Polish blood coursing through your veins or not.
It’s one of those dishes that Buffalonians are often all too familiar with, more so than much of the rest of the country. While pierogi is often associated with Polish cuisine, the origins are often disputed, having rumored roots in multiple ethnicities.
When it comes to pierogi, the filling options are endless. In Buffalo and Western New York a wide range of flavors is available, from traditional versions like potato, farmer’s cheese, and sauerkraut to off-the-wall pierogi filled with almost anything you can think. At any given time throughout the year you might stumble upon chicken wing dip pierogi, big mac pierogi, bbq pork and cheddar, tequila chicken fajita, and even dessert pierogi. And if you’re wondering about the grammatically correct word for plural pierogi, it’s pierogi. It had to be said.
Let’s get into the guide
In order to pull the following list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best pierogi in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed.
Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in over 25 recommendations, there are options all across WNY. From sit-down service to fast casual options and take out for instance, pierogi are served in a variety of places, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.
Best of the Best
While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks for pierogi:
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