- Here are 7 Montreal restaurants, shops, and events to get your hands on the ultimate cool-weather comfort food.
- What's your favourite spot to grab pierogis in Montreal?
Pierogies, you delightful little dumplings stuffed with one of the four main food groups (potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, and cheese) — sometimes even cheeky enough to be stuffed with two — oh how we love you.
Especially now that the air has turned cold and bathing suits and tank tops have made way for sweaters and big jackets and bodies are screaming out for something, anything made of potatoes and cheese and grilled in butter and slathered with sour cream. It's October and we need comfort food.
Montreal being the melting pot that is is, we have Polish pierogis, Ukranian, and even Russian "perogy." There is no point for me to argue which has the best, I am an equal opportunity pierogi champion.
They all have a place in my mouth.
Searching for the best pierogies Montreal has to offer is a serious task. There has to be the right proportion of dough to stuffing. Dough can't be chewy nor can it be soggy. It can't be so thin it falls apart but you also don't want it too thick.
Not all of the choices are restaurants; some of the best pierogies are meant for home production.
With these criteria in mind, here are seven places in Montreal to find good pierogies.
Where: 617 Blvd. Decarie
Rasputin is a (for the most part) very traditional Russian restaurant that also has music and dancing at night. Its "perogy" option on the menu comes still sizzling and coated in butter and mushrooms.
Wawel Patisserie Boulangerie
Where: Multiple locations around Montreal
These pierogies won't be served to you already cooked. You buy them in-store and prepare them yourself. They are so fresh and tasty. They'll remind you of a Polish grandmother's recipe.
Where: 115 Rue Saint Viateur O.
Located in Outremont, Batory is both a deli and a small restaurant where you can choose between six varieties of pierogies. Then you just have to decide whether you want to eat in or take a pack home where you can eat the entire bag in peace.
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Café Baba Yaga
Where: 3279 Rue St-Jacques
This Saint Henri restaurant doesn't take their pierogi fundamentals too seriously. They have a mix of Russian-Ukrainian and Polish staples along with their surprise pierogi of the week.
Where: 200 Rue Saint-Paul O.
As far as traditional Polish food goes, Stash Café is on the top of the list every single time. They have three types of pierogis to choose from. With prices starting at $8 for four, there is no wonder Stash remains so popular.
Polish Bazaar and Festivals
Where: Places around Montreal
Let's be honest. The best place to get the most authentic pierogies at the cheapest price is going to be a Polish bazaar or festival. You can keep an eye out at local churches, wait patiently for the next Polish day (which took place at the end of August) or Polish Festival.
3350 Rue Beaubien E.
Just writing about Zytynsky's is giving me a Pavlovian reaction. Everything is fresh and seriously delicious. It doesn't hurt that they also have the friendliest service around.
If there is somewhere that we have missed, let us know immediately. We never want to leave a pierogi untasted.