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Pierogi Fight Back
October 14, 2009   
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With Asian and Western fast-food joints having taken over much of Warsaw, pierogi have been left as one of the last bastions of traditional Polish cuisine. A growing number of restaurants known as pierogarnie are specializing in these dumplings, which take time and skill to prepare. Here is a selection of pierogarnie popular with Warsaw residents. Despite their name, they serve up other dishes as well as pierogi.

Located at 63 Światowida St. near the Nowodwory bus terminus in the Białołęka district, Bar-O-Metr is a tiny restaurant with self-service. Customers can watch their meals being prepared. Bar-O-Metr serves pierogi and pancakes, most of them vegetarian. Smoking is banned.

Pierogowy Dworek
This large, pierogi-themed restaurant is in the Praga Południe district at 2a Brygady Pościgowej St. It has a summer patio. On the menu you will find a wide variety of pierogi, pancakes and soups as well as meals for children.

For more information go to www.pierogowydworek.pl

Cafe Grappa
Both a pierogarnia and a regular restaurant, Cafe Grappa is located at 67 Górczewska St. on the corner of Prymasa Tysiąclecia Avenue. The chef recommends a wide selection of pierogi and pancakes. You can also order typical Italian and Asian dishes. For details go to www.cafegrappa.pl, with information available in English.

This is one of the most famous and most frequently recommended pierogi restaurants in Warsaw. Its ruskie pierogi, or Russian-style dumplings, won the Public's First Prize at the Second Pierogi Festival in Cracow in 2004. The three Zapiecek pierogi joints, all kitted out with wood furnishings, are at 28 Jerozolimskie Ave., 1 Freta St. and in the Old Town. The menu features all kinds of pierogi and pancakes. On www.zapiecek.eu, the restaurant has published recipes for some of its specialties.

Pierogarnia na Bednarskiej
This simple pierogarnia, designed to resemble a country inn, is located at 28/30 Bednarska St. on the corner of Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, 100 meters from Hoovera Square. It serves only pierogi, although you can have them with plate of soup. You can try a range of typical Polish fillings. The latest menu offers pierogi platters at the reasonable price of zl.20.

For more information go to www.pierogarnianabednarskiej.pl

This company owns two pierogi restaurants in Warsaw, on Wałbrzyska and Krzywe Koło streets, and one in Łódź. They are all spacious places with pleasant interior decor. The pierogi they serve are boiled, which is the traditional way of serving them, or baked, and you can also grab a pancake roll. The Pierrogeria company provides home deliveries and deliveries to companies.

More details at www.pierrogeria.pl

This is the newest pierogarnia in the Bemowo district. It is housed in building number 5 of the charming and busy shopping alley at 106 Powstańców Śląskich St. Alongside pierogi, it serves other traditional Polish food including sauerkraut-based bigos dishes, pork chops and the house special, the Zaułek Chop. You can also have dishes delivered to your door.

Details at www.pierogarniazaulek.pl
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