One of the Best Pierogi in Pittsburgh

Potato & cheddar cheese Pierogi - S&D Polish Deli - Strip District, Pittsburgh - Two Worlds Treasures

“Pierogi? What’s that?” that’s what my Texan friends asked me, a girl from Indonesia to begin with. But I married the love of my life who’s from Pittsburgh, so Pierogi became something familiar to me for the past 14 years.

Pierogi is the Polish version of a dumpling. They consist of a delicate dough stuffed with potato filling, cheese, meat, onion, sauerkraut, and sometimes fruit. It is a popular Eastern European food but its origin is hard to trace because people in Poland, Russia, Czechs, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovak, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ruthenia are all enjoy Pierogi although under a different name. But I would just say it’s a classic Polish dish.  

Although I saw Pierogi every Christmas either at my sister-in-law’s Christmas table or at the restaurants around Pittsburgh, I haven’t built a good relationship with Pierogi until summer last year. Why that long? I would say because at Christmas plenty of foods on the table and by the time I tried Pierogi, I was close to full. So, I only gave it a bite and didn’t get to enjoy it at all. 

But summer last year, everything’s change. When we went home to celebrate my father-in-law’s 90th birthday, we went to my favorite area in Pittsburgh, the Strip District. I read somewhere about this Polish deli called S&D that serve one of the best Pierogi in town, in the Strip area. I told my husband about it and he agreed to give it a try.

 

Pierogi at S&D Polish Deli

As usual, we drove from one end to the other end of the Strip, looking around while finding a spot to park. We found S&D Polish Deli at the end towards the Polish Hill and honestly, I wasn’t sure whether they would serve one of the best Pierogi in town when I saw the front of the deli.

Inside, the deli looks just like your neighborhood deli. Nothing fancy. Glass displays on the left side full of all kind of smoked kielbasy and sausages, cheeses, ham, frozen Pierogi, and some other things. Several tables and chairs on the right side, followed by sweets, jar of pickles, jams, t-shits, CD, and kinds of packed food imported mostly from Poland at the back. The deli is small, around 15×35 feet.

After looking at the Pierogi menu with different kind of fillings, I let my husband placed the order while I found the table for us. I didn’t know that they put fruit fillings, too. Potato and cheddar cheese filling was the only one I know. Hah!

I noticed there weren’t too many customers. Probably because it’s not even 11a.m. and it’s summer time. People had a long bracket of summer holiday from end of May to early September.

When our ordered arrived, my husband took the first bite. I saw his face but it didn’t say anything. So, I asked what flavor he ordered. I still remember his answer that day while taking another bite, “heaven!”

Immediately I dug in, and ah… it’s so delicious. Just the regular one, potato & cheddar filling, but it tasted so good. I never had one like that before. We smiled until we cleaned the plate. Two happy tummies left S&D Polish Deli that day.

 

S&D Polish Deli - Strip District, Pittsburgh - Two Worlds Treasures

 

Pierogi again in December

When we went home for Christmas, we made a drive to the Strip District and stopped at S&D Polish Deli again. This time we arrived slightly before noon and it was like a zoo! I was pretty sure they were all Pittsburgher from out-of-town who were craving for Pierogi.

We ordered a couple of different things that day. My husband ordered a Kielbasy Plater with 3 Pierogi, haluszki, and a kielbasy in the plate while I ordered Flaczki, a hearty soup brimming with everything from tribe to beef brisket to chicken gizzards – after seeing the video of Andrew Zimmern, the Bizarre Food Guy, stopped at S&D Polish and had flaczki.

 

Kielbasy plater - S&D Polish Deli - Strip District, Pittsburgh - Two Worlds Treasures

 

Flaczki tasted wonderful with its thick broth. Surely, it’s best for cold weather. Not too many people tried this, but I tell you, you can’t really see the tribe because they chopped it thinly. Not like tribe soup in Indonesia. It’s chunky. We used to call it towel over there, because it looks like a towel.  

 

Flaczky - S&D Polish Deli - Strip District, Pittsburgh - Two Worlds Treasures

 

The Pierogi still tasted so good, the kielbasy was amazing, but they could add more cabbage to the haluszki.

All in all, we like the Pierogi at S&D Polish Deli. We don’t mind going back again, but we’re also open for new places. Have you been to S&D Polish Deli? Which Pierogi do you like best?

 

What to know before you go:

– Summer time is less crowded.

– If you go during Christmas break, arrive as early as you can. The place got crowded fast.

– S&D Polish Deli opened in 2008.

 

Address: 2204 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Note: I didn’t get paid to write about Pierogi in S&D Polish Deli. It’s just my opinion based on our experiences.

 

One of the Best Pierogi in Pittsburgh - Two Worlds Treasures

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  1. Maxine says:

    I have never tried Pierogi before but now I want to! It looks delicious, I will have to try and track some down here in New Zealand. Thanks for introducing me to a new food 🙂

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      You are welcome! I wonder if they have it in New Zealand since I haven’t found it in Texas until today. It’s mostly found in the Northeast of the country. Let me know if you find it!

  2. Danie says:

    I have never had Perogi before. This looks good. I really loved your tips on when to go or miss the crowds at different times of the year.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      You should try it! I would like to try with the fruit ones. One lady said her favorite is one with prune. Made by her mother.

  3. Lisa Jarmina says:

    They look delicious! Now I want to try pierogi! Flaczki wouldn’t be for me though, haha.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      They do delicious! I don’t blame you with the Flaczki. My husband only tried a couple of spoons. Haha…

  4. Meagan says:

    With both of us being born-and-bred southerners, neither of us has tried Pierogi – and I doubly shied away because I don’t eat red meat and assumed they were all beefy. But hearing that your experience with a simple potato and cheese Pierogi was so positive has given me hope! 🙂 We’re looking at things to do that are closer to home, and I think this will definitely make it onto the list 🙂 thank you so much for the thoughtful write up!
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Hopefully you will like it. Remember! There are ones with fruit, too.

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