13 Spots to Find Buffalo’s Best Polish Food

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Polish Platter at Polish Villa / Step Out Buffalo

Ah, pierogi. Fortunately for us, Buffalo boasts a plethora of places serving those pillowy pockets of cheesy, potatoey heavenly goodness. We can thank the large number of Polish immigrants for helping establish Buffalo into the pierogi-lovers haven it is today. As time progressed, Polish food evolved, with some eateries now offering pierogi pocketing non-traditional ingredients — pot roast, anyone? — that are fun to explore.

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Buffalo also boasts the official “Dyngus Day capital of America” title, meaning we can all share in the fun of Polish traditions. With that in mind, let’s throw off Lenten restrain, ready our pussy willows and celebrate spring with feasts of pierogi, kielbasa and golomki. And let’s not forget the sugary decadence of chrusciki and paczki! This hearty food is for everyone, and, let’s be honest, everyone should be enjoying it not only during springtime but all year round.

Below are some of Western New York’s best spots to find Polish cuisine. We hope you’ll go exploring to find some new favorites but also take time to savor those old standbys that feel like home.

Cieszyc sie! (Polish for, “Enjoy!”)

 

The Broadway Market

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1. The Broadway Market

999 Broadway, East Side, 14212 / 716-893-0705

broadwaymarket.org

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

A must-go destination, open year-round, for all the traditional Polish foods from a variety of vendors.

 

K Sisters

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2. K Sisters Authentic Pierogi

2116 Clinton St., Cheektowaga, 14206 / 716-827-4077

buffalopierogi.com

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

A pierogi shop – not restaurant – that includes traditional pierogi along with nontraditional varieties, such as fruit, chuck roast and sweet potato.

 

Rus Pierogi

Ru’s Pierogi / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

3. Ru’s Pierogi

295 Niagara St., Buffalo, 14201 / 716-235-8243

ruspierogi.com

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday

A twist on traditional Polish cuisine, alongside local craft beers.

 

Potts Deli & Grille

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4. Potts Deli & Grille

41 S. Rossler Ave., Cheektowaga / 716-826-6575

pottswny.com

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Specializing in kielbasa, golomki, breaded pork chops, lazy pierogi and regular pierogi.

 

5. Polish Nook

2242 Cudaback Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, 14303 / 716-282-6712

polishnook.com

4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Old school bar and restaurant serving traditional Polish favorites.

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6. R&L Lounge

23 Mills St., East Side, 14212 / 716-896-5982

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday

A simple comfort food menu in a down-home atmosphere.

 

7. Gadawski’s Restaurant

1446 Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303 / 716-282-7246

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11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Old school neighborhood bar serving up terrific Polish cuisine.

 

8. Prosit Restaurant Food Truck

32 North Cayuga Road, Williamsville / 716-239-5742

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Serves up Polish food and pastries in a fun, outdoors environment.

 

9. Gram’s Pierogi House

22 S. Main St., Angola, 14006 / 716-777-3995

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Traditional, homemade Polish comfort food.

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10. Polish Villa II

1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, 14227 / 716-822-4908

polishvilla.org

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Pierogi, and other Polish classics, in a homey setting.

 

Polish Villa Reuben / Step Out Buffalo

11. Polish Villa 

2954 Union Rd, Buffalo, NY 14227

polishvillaunion.com

Sunday – Thursday 8:00am – 8:00pm, Friday – Saturday 8:00am – 9:00pm

The same as Polish Villa II, but not the same. Polish dishes galore.

 

Mazurek's Bakery

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12. Mazurek’s Bakery

543 South Park Ave., Buffalo 14204 / 716-853-7833

mazureksbakery.com

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Bakery with emphasis on Polish favorites, including cheesecake, placzek and poppy seed logs.

 

Chrusciki Bakery

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13. E.M. Chrusciki Bakery

80 W. Dullard Ave., Lancaster, 14086 / 716-681-9866

chruscikibakery.com

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Combines old-world gourmet treats, such as chrusciki (obviously!) and paczki, with modern-day fare.

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