Homemade Polish Pierogis with Sour Cream (credit: Thinkstock)

Polish food is pretty popular around the Bay Area, with Polish immigrants, Eastern European transplants and general fans of foods and cultural traditions from Eastern Europe. While five popular spots for a pierogi and its dumpling cousins are highlighted here, there are many other notable locations around the Bay Area for pierogies, Polish foods and products.

(credit: Melanie Graysmith)


Stuffed
2788 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA  9411
(415) 642-1069
stuffedsf.com

Stuffed is all about pierogies, all kinds of pierogies and many pierogies you likely will not see anywhere else. While traditional and mushroom pierogies are on the menu, other surprise flavors dominate: blueberry, bacon-cheddar, jalapeño, buffalo, smoked salmon, goat cheese-spinach and llapingacho, a pierogi of Ecuador that is actually more fritter than pierogi. Makes you want to run right over and devour a few, doesn’t it?

Seakor Deli (credit: Melanie Graysmith)


Seakor Deli & Sausage Factory
5957 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-8660
http://seakordeli.com

Family-owned Seakor is a different kind of delicatessen and grocery store combined. The spotlight here is on European items with a focus on authentic Polish food products. If Polish cuisine is new to you then stop by Seakor for an introduction. On the other hand, if your heart longs for Polish food, Seakor will make you feel right at home. In addition to the kielbasas, cheeses, meats and traditional sweets, one of the most popular items here is the pierogi.

Polska Foods
P.O. Box 3205
Saratoga, CA 95070
(800) 750-0817
www.polskafoods.com

Polska Foods is a family-owned and operated company that truly prides itself on its luscious family recipe based pierogies. Everything is organic, healthy, good for you, absolutely authentic and delicious. Polska Foods pierogies are currently sold at Bay Area Whole Foods, Mollie Stone’s, Safeway, Lunardi’s, Andronico’s stores and many more markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Check here for a market in your area. Read the Polska Foods full story here.

Slavic Shop
1080 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 615-8533
www.slavicstores.com

The Slavic Shop has Eastern European products galore, with every aisle filled with Russian and Polish goodies. Polish immigrants in particular love this place, and with good reason. In addition to traditional Polish favorites like pickles and sausages, the Slavic Shop offers an assortment of pierogies to satisfy its Polish customers and other shoppers who simply love these satisfying little stuffed pillows. Perfect for dinner or snack time, the frozen pierogi assortment includes potato, onion, beef, potato cheese, sauerkraut, mushroom and more, plus pierogi cousins: blintzes, pelmeni and varenki. The products at the Salvic Shop are endless, so come on in and look around for yourself.

Babushka
1475 Newell Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-0779
www.babushkafood.com

The Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant name says it all. While Babushka is a source for imported and locally prepared Russian foods and delicacies, other Eastern European dishes are evident as well. A family-owned and operated “fixture” in Walnut Creek for close to 20 years, Babushka is a renowned location for not only its locally made Russian dishes, but also for its large array of imported products. Variations on pierogies can be found here, as soft, filled dumplings are prevalent around Eastern Europe, and even Italian ravioli has a lot in common with these ubiquitous, pillow-y morsels. Try the piroshki in a choice of chicken, beef, pork, potato or cabbage; the pelmeni in chicken, pork or beef; or vareniki, the Ukranian variation on these dumpling tidbits stuffed with mushroom, farmer’s cheese or potato. They are all delicious.

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes on adult education, art and culture, business, and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a part of the Bay Area independent film community. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.