Best Pierogies In Seattle

November 11, 2015 5:00 AM

While the Polish community’s numbers are still relatively small, Seattle is home to a nationally recognized Polish Film Festival, a Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, a Polish School and a wildly popular Polish Festival that features pierogies just one day each summer. Seattle isn’t known for its pierogies, but what is a Seattleite to do if the fall chill in the air has them craving these delightful dumplings? Head to one of these Seattle standouts–you’ll be glad you did!
Vostok Dumpling House
1416 Harvard Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 687-7865
vostokdh.com

This little slice of dumpling heaven overlooks the busy intersection of Broadway and Pine in Capitol Hill. They serve up a couple of styles of dumplings, including the savory pelmeni, served with either pork or chicken, and the vareniki with fillings that tend to lend themselves to those craving something a little sweet. If you are looking for a little something fried with your dumpling, you can’t go wrong with the Russian fries. This wickedly tasty creation consists of potato cheddar varenkis fried and served with a healthy dollop of sour cream and bacon. The daily happy hour from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. is an added bonus!

Sebi’s Bistro
3242 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 420-2199
sebisbistro.com

Tucked in a nondescript building just south of the University Bridge, Sebi’s is the place to go for home-style cooked Russian food, with pierogies topping the list. You’ll find that Sebi’s offers up a variety of foods, but if your heart is set on traditional pierogies skip past the pizza and German food offerings on the menu and head straight to the Russian specialties. Made with unleavened dough and filled with plenty of options (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), these pierogies are boiled, then tossed in clarified butter and served with bacon on top.

George’s Sausage & Delicatessen
907 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-1491

From the outside, this delicatessen, situated on a busy First Hill thoroughfare, is fairly unassuming. But once inside, there’s no doubt you’ve entered into a special place that’s warm, friendly and “old-world”ly. The lunchtime crowd often files in for the delicious cuts of meat that line the case, but if you’re looking for award-winning pierogies, then skip the sandwich and order up the warm pierogi plate. George’s Sausage & Delicatessen has pierogies shipped in direct from Kasia’s Deli in Chicago, voted Chicago’s best. This 10-piece pierogi plate can be ordered with traditional meats, potatoes and cheese or sauerkraut and mushrooms. If you favor something a little sweet, you can try the pierogies filled with plum or sweet cheese.

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PB Kitchen At The Polish Home Association
1714 18th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-3020
pbkitchen.com

PB Kitchen was one of the first Polish restaurants to open their doors to Seattle diners, and they continue to serve up some of the best pierogies you’ll find in town today. These dumplings come stuffed with meat, cabbage and mushrooms or cheese and potatoes. If you have a craving for PB’s pierogies during the week, you’ll have to hold off until the weekend to get your fix as PB Kitchen is only open on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. And if you just can’t wait, PB Kitchen offers catering year-round for special events. Pierogi party anyone?

Dumpling Tzar
3516 Fremont Place
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-2570
dumplingtzar.com

A stone’s throw from the statue of Lenin that has defined the Fremont neighborhood for the past 20 years, Dumpling Tzar is the perfect place to get your fix of dumplings day or night. In fact, Dumpling Tzar is open until 2:30 in the morning, which makes it a popular joint after the nearby clubs and bars start to close for the evening. You can enjoy dumplings in the traditional sense topped with sour cream, butter and vinegar, or if you are feeling a little adventurous, you can try the “mac” and cheese that comes with plenty of cheesy sauce and shredded cheddar. And if you’re feeling thrifty, swing by Dumpling Tzar’s happy hour between 3:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m -11:30 p.m., and you’ll get a buck off all dumpling entrees.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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