Whether you’re looking for a traditional potato and cheese stuffed pierogi or a more modern Montreal smoked meat topped dumpling, Toronto has some of the best spots to indulge in the Polish and Ukrainian delicacy.
These tasty stuffed dumplings can be fried or boiled, and generally come topped with sour cream, but no matter how they’re served they’re definitely one of the city’s best comfort foods. If you’re wondering where the best places are to get these European delights, we’ve found some of the best pierogi spots in the city.
Check out the top places to feast on some perfectly pinched dumplings below.
Cafe Polonez is a staple in Roncesvalles village with their savoury homestyle pierogies and seasonal fruit filled options. With four different menu features, you can order cheddar and potato, cottage cheese and potato, minced pork, or sauerkraut by the dozen or half-dozen. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Polish community, the tasty little dumplings at this thirty year old hot spot come topped with sour cream and caramelized onions, and you can taste just how fresh and homemade they are in every bite.
Tennessee Tavern’s menu has only got one kind of pierogi, but it doesn’t really matter because the texture and taste is mastered in this dish. The pierogies come stuffed with potato and cheddar, topped with crunchy bacon, fried onion, and a side of sour cream. This Parkdale-based Eastern European-inspired bar is full of tasty cheap eats, and since it doubles as a bar, you can snack well into the late hours of the night.
Amber European Restaurant
These boiled pierogies come boiled, and then topped with onions, bacon bits, fresh dill, and a side of sour cream. The grandma-style homemade dumplings can come stuffed with ground beef, potato and cheese, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. They also come in more unique variations like dessert pierogies filled with blueberries and the Siberian pelmeny, which resemble mini pierogies stuffed with lamb and beef. If you’re looking for some of the most delicious home style pierogies in the city, this is the place for you.
Nestled discreetly behind a Ukrainian church in North Toronto, the experts at this catering destination are a safe bet for borsch, cabbage rolls and, most importantly, authentic pierogies. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite for dinner, or catered meals for a party, Natalie and her staff have got you covered. The food comes inspired by Natalie’s Ukrainian roots, and influenced by her Canadian heritage, which makes for traditional pierogies with a more modern appeal.
Loaded Pierogi has expanded to four locations in Toronto and one in Hamilton, and they’re always serving up an endless array of toppings. Each dish uses the same pierogi base that can be either boiled or fried, but you can also get some creative styled dishes like the spicy kimchi, butter chicken, or BBQ Philly cheese steak pierogies. This Toronto favourite sure knows how to put a creative spin on the classic pierogi, and makes sure that tradition ends at the base and innovation begins with the toppings.
Hastings Snack Bar
This little Polish lunch spot in Leslieville is full of deliciously seasoned, handmade pierogies with a classic lineup of fillings like potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushrooms, beef, or blueberries. The cute little lunch counter even offers vegan cabbage rolls that come stuffed with lentils, rice, and mushrooms.
Inter Steer serves up five different types of pierogies including the traditional pan-fried ones filled with cheese, sauerkraut, or meat and topped with fried onions and bacon. This European tavern in Roncesvalles isn’t afraid to take a risk with your taste buds by offering up nacho, poutine or dessert versions of the classic Polish dish.
Junction hot spot 3030 serves up high class food without an expensive price tag. This Toronto favourite is renowned even among pierogi eating connoisseurs, as they continue to offer up pulled beef cheek, scallions, and a spicy ragu on a bed of homemade dumplings. If you’re looking for one of the most unique pierogi dishes in the city, head to 3030 Dundas West.