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Vote for the Ultimate Pittsburgh Pierogi in our NCAA-style bracket

Which of these 32 pierogi spots should advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

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MJ Slaby

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Voting has ended in this round.


You love pierogies — but we already knew that.

Enter: the Ultimate Pittsburgh Pierogi Bracket, which we’re bringing to you in partnership with KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival.

After sifting through your nominations, The Incline narrowed the nods down to 32 contenders for our March Madness-style bracket. The list includes sellers that specialize in pierogies, restaurants with interesting pierogi menu items, churches with regular sales, and pierogies that are only available a few times a year.

Nominators told us over and over that their criteria included dough quality, the ratio of filing to dough, and how close they are to pierogies made by grandma. We heard from readers who are willing to drive 80 miles to get the delicacies, who ate the same pierogies for two meals in 24 hours, and who turned eating pierogies into a tradition with out-of-town friends.

So without further ado, meet the 32 contenders in our Ultimate Pittsburgh Pierogi Bracket by checking out the guide at the bottom of this page — and vote for your favorites. (Click the bracket below to enlarge it, or download a PDF version here.)

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Select the Sweet Sixteen

The pierogi with the most votes in each matchup advances — so come back and vote in each round. (Here’s more about how our bracket process works.)

Voting ends at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug 23. (The next round will be posted Friday, Aug 24.) Use the form below, or vote here.

Meet the 32 contenders

Here’s a little more about each contender on the bracket, as well as a map, to find your neighborhood pierogies.

(Red markers denote home base for pierogi sellers that travel such as stands and food trucks.)

Apteka (Bloomfield)

Vegan and delicious are the two words nominators used most to praise Apteka’s pierogies. And with a few all-vegan options to pick from, nominators suggested the sauerkraut and mushroom. (Menu)

Bubba’s (Greensburg)

Order pierogies with butter and onions, deep fried with sour cream, or make them into dessert with cinnamon sugar. Bubba’s offers a variety of flavors for both the main course and dessert. (Menu)

Butterjoint (Oakland)

Butterjoint serves its pierogies with caramelized onions and sour cream, but also offers an array of “other delicious accompaniments,” per a nominator. Think sauerkraut, pickled beets, and/or chicken sausage. (Menu)

Church Brew Works (Lawrenceville)

Church Brew Works has both traditional and “untraditional” pierogies, with a rotating variety of the latter. It’s the non-traditional fare that are what you want to ask about, nominators said, calling them “a great spin” and “always something different and fun.” (Menu)

City Fresh Pasta (Allegheny Center)

While City Fresh has the traditional potato and cheese, its other pierogies all have slight twists — sweet potato blue cheese, and yukon gold rosemary truffle, as examples. The latter was a nominator’s pierogi of choice. (Menu)

Crafthouse Stage & Grill (Castle Shannon)

Why get wings or a burger when you can get wingerogies — a.k.a. pierogies deep fried and in wing sauce — or a burger topped with pierogies? But don’t be fooled by these non-traditional formats. According to a nominator, these pierogies are full of flavor and taste like grandma’s. (Menu)

COP OUT Pierogies (Etna)

COP OUT offers expected and unexpected flavors — including seafood-filled pierogies and chicken parmesan. Owned by a former Shaler Township police sergeant, nominators praised COP OUT pierogies for their freshness and the variety of flavors. (Menu)

Corpus Christi Parish (McKeesport)

A Lenten favorite, the pierogies at the Corpus Christi Fish Fry are homemade and “the best I have ever had,” according to a nominator. FWIW, Corpus Christi made it to the Final Four of our first Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Bracket. (Menu)

Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe (Homestead)

At Dorothy 6, the pierogies come as an app or entree, and nominators praised their crispy outside and accompanying herb-infused sour cream. A nominator recommended the jalapeño option. (Menu)

Epiphany of Our Lord (Monessen)

These pierogi are only on sale a few times a year, but nominators gushed about their taste, so keep an eye out for another sale in late fall. Plus, the church even has its own pierogi ladies. (Menu)

Forgotten Taste (Moon / Wexford)

Nominators agreed that they love Forgotten Taste’s pierogies and gave a long list of favorites — potato and cheese, potato and bacon, cottage cheese, 3 cheese and pepperoni, and roasted beef. Forgotten Taste offers pierogies to eat with other Eastern European foods and frozen ones you cantake home. (Menu)

Franktuary (Lawrenceville)

Sure, they have pierogies as an appetizer, but it’s the Pittsburgh Frank that earned Franktuary’s spot on the bracket. Why eat just pierogies when you can eat them deep fried on a beef frank with slaw? (Menu)

Gosia’s Pierogies (food stand)

Look for them in various spots, including the East End Food Co-op and Market Square Farmers Market. Nominators praised their freshness, said they are “prepared perfectly,” and recommended the cottage cheese and chives or  potato and feta options. (Menu)

Grandma Cyl’s (food truck)

This pierogi truck offers traditional fillings, as well as breakfast, dessert and appetizer versions. Grandma Cyl’s also has a “peroli,” which is “a pierogi almost as big as a stromboli.” (Menu)

Harris Grill (Downtown / Mount Washington / Shadyside)

This could have made the bracket just for the menu name, “Polish Church Basement Pierogies.” Nominators stressed that these pierogies have a great ratio of cheese to dough and the onions are sautéed just right. (Menu)

Holy Family Parish (McKeesport)

Another favorite that is only available for part of the year, nominators wait for these Lenten church pierogies because they have the “best authentic flavor.” (Menu)

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church (Carnegie)

A nominator had just one word to say — “yum.” — about the pierogies at Holy Trinity. Choose from potato with cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, jalapeño, mushroom, and cottage cheese. (Menu)

Kaczor Ravioli Company (Ford City)

Nominators praised these homemade pierogies for their fresh taste and the quality of the dough. Find them in local grocery stores including Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse (Clinton), Butler Farm Market (Renfrew), and Naser Foods (Apollo). (Menu)

Our Place Homemade (Wilmerding)

Try Gigi’s homemade pierogies either as an eat-in dinner, or buy a dozen frozen or cooked to take home. Choose from multiple filings, including potato, cheese, and jalapeño, or take a nominator’s recommendation: sauerkraut. (Menu)

Penn Brewery (Troy Hill)

Pick from the traditional potato and cheese pierogi or the house special — buffalo chicken with blue cheese crumbles, hot sauce, and grilled onions. A nominator praised the ratio of filing-to-dough, an important pierogi quality. (Menu)

Pierogies Plus (McKees Rocks)

Already a popular spot, Pierogies Plus needs no introduction. Nominators praised the authentic pierogies “made by real Polish grandmas” and recommended the meat, as well as the cottage cheese and chive options. (Menu)

Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck (food truck)

Not only can you get pierogies hot from this food truck, but you can also order a variety of fillings frozen to take home and cook. And that’s the secret, according to nominators who praised the sweet cheese filling. (Menu)

PNC Park (North Shore)

Where else can you get a hoagie that combines pulled pork, pierogies and onions? Plus, you can eat it while watching giant pierogies race around the field. (Menu)

St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church (Munhall)

You don’t have to wait for lent to try these church pierogies, as the St. Elias Food Fest is Sept. 21 to 23. Nominators praised their size and taste. (Menu)

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church (South Side)

Another well-known spot, these church pierogies were praised for their dough, and nominators recommended the sauerkraut filling. However, the pierogi makers are on summer vacation until September, so you’ll have to wait to try them. (Menu)

St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church (Brighton Heights)

While other churches take summer vacations, St. George is back to pierogi making. Order potato, sauerkraut or a mix. Nominators recommended the potato and called these pierogies “the real deal.” (Menu)

Saint Mary of Mount Parish (Mount Washington)

A member of this year’s Ultimate Fish Fry Final Four, Saint Mary of the Mount includes homemade pierogies on its Lenten menu. A popular item, these pierogies are a favorite with fish fry attendees. (Menu)

Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church (Ambridge)

Nominators praised these pierogies’ dough-to-filling ratio, and one even said “nothing else has ever compared.” Pierogi-makers are on hiatus for now, but will return on Fridays in mid-September. (Menu)

S&D Polish Deli (Strip District)

Another pierogi mainstay, S&D was recommended for its authenticity and variety. Nominators recommended the kraut and mushroom or the potato and cheddar cheese pierogies. (Menu)

Stuff’d Pierogi Bar (Downtown)

Tacos, pizza, lobster mac and cheese, or even chicken marsala — all as pierogies. Then, pick how it’s cooked: boiled and pan fried, or deep fried. A nominator recommended the peach pulled pork pierogi. (Menu)

Starlite Lounge (Blawnox)

In 2008, Guy Fieri stopped by to try the pierogies for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and that’s what tops the menu. Nominators stressed that the pierogies are “over the top in size, taste, and total Pittsburgh atmosphere.” (Menu)

Union Grill (Oakland)

On the menu as “Church pierogies,” these are homemade and topped them with cheddar, sour cream and chives. “Can’t mess with a classic,” a nominator wrote. (Menu)

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