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8 Great Chicago Spots to Polish Off a Plate of Pierogi

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Oftentimes, pierogi fans not only disagree about what the best pierogi spot is, but also about which type of pierogi is best and how it should be prepared. It’s a good thing then that the following eateries offer enough options to satisfy even the harshest critics’ tastes.

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1. Podhalanka

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1549 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 486-6655
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Pierogi are a spot-on comfort food, and for many Poles there isn’t a more comforting Polish restaurant to dine at than Podhalanka. Everything here is so retro, it feels as if Mr. Gorbachev still hasn’t torn down that wall. [Photo: Facebook/Dennis Festa]

2. Staropolska Restaurant

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3030 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 342-0779
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The hearty portions and hunting-lodge décor at Staropolska can make visitors feel as if they’re dining on the set of "Game of Thrones." The tasty pierogi here are available in the usual variety of flavors, as well as spinach and cheddar. [Photo: Facebook/Staropolska]

3. Red Apple

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6474 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 588-5781
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Yes, Red Apple is a buffet, but that doesn’t mean they’re skimping on the quality. The smorgasbord is restocked regularly, and the excellent blueberry pierogi are made with berries from a farm in Indiana. [Photo: Facebook/Red Apple]

4. Pierogi Heaven

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169 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 263-9305
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With two Loop locations, Pierogi Heaven is an excellent choice for downtown workers looking for a rib-sticking lunch. The prices are reasonable (six pieces for $5.88), and you might even get served something extra if you order in Polish. [Photo: Yelp/Amy H.]

5. Alexandra Foods

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3304 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 283-5440
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Found at several local stores, Alexandra’s pierogi are the preferred freezer-section pierogi of Polish grandmas. This wholesale-shop location has a walk-up counter that sells cheap packages in 15 varieties, including cherry, plum, mushroom, and meat. [Photo: Yelp/Julie W.]

6. Flo & Santos

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1310 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 566-9817
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Also offering a variety of pub foods and pizzas, Flo & Santos is a great spot for pierogi-loving diners that are traveling with a group. Orders of pierogi come with two pierogi of each flavor: potato and cheese, meat, sauerkraut, and mushroom. [Photo: Courtesy of Flo & Santos]

7. Kasia's Polish Delicatessen

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2101 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-6163
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Many Chicagoans probably got their first taste of Kasia’s at the Taste of Chicago, but the pierogi are available year-round at local grocery stores and the Chicago Avenue deli. They’re probably the most well-known pierogi in Chicago. [Photo: Facebook/Dolores DiLeo]

8. Smak-Tak

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5961 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-1123
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A local favorite among fans of Polish food, Smak-Tak executes it simple dishes at a consistently high level. You won’t be disappointed by the pierogi, which are available in cheese and potato, sauerkraut and mushroom, cheese, meat, blueberry, plum, cherry, and strawberry. [Photo: Yelp/Loyz Z.]

1. Podhalanka

1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

Pierogi are a spot-on comfort food, and for many Poles there isn’t a more comforting Polish restaurant to dine at than Podhalanka. Everything here is so retro, it feels as if Mr. Gorbachev still hasn’t torn down that wall. [Photo: Facebook/Dennis Festa]

1549 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

2. Staropolska Restaurant

3030 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

The hearty portions and hunting-lodge décor at Staropolska can make visitors feel as if they’re dining on the set of "Game of Thrones." The tasty pierogi here are available in the usual variety of flavors, as well as spinach and cheddar. [Photo: Facebook/Staropolska]

3030 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Red Apple

6474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60631

Yes, Red Apple is a buffet, but that doesn’t mean they’re skimping on the quality. The smorgasbord is restocked regularly, and the excellent blueberry pierogi are made with berries from a farm in Indiana. [Photo: Facebook/Red Apple]

6474 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

4. Pierogi Heaven

169 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60606

With two Loop locations, Pierogi Heaven is an excellent choice for downtown workers looking for a rib-sticking lunch. The prices are reasonable (six pieces for $5.88), and you might even get served something extra if you order in Polish. [Photo: Yelp/Amy H.]

169 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606

5. Alexandra Foods

3304 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Found at several local stores, Alexandra’s pierogi are the preferred freezer-section pierogi of Polish grandmas. This wholesale-shop location has a walk-up counter that sells cheap packages in 15 varieties, including cherry, plum, mushroom, and meat. [Photo: Yelp/Julie W.]

3304 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

6. Flo & Santos

1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Also offering a variety of pub foods and pizzas, Flo & Santos is a great spot for pierogi-loving diners that are traveling with a group. Orders of pierogi come with two pierogi of each flavor: potato and cheese, meat, sauerkraut, and mushroom. [Photo: Courtesy of Flo & Santos]

1310 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

7. Kasia's Polish Delicatessen

2101 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Many Chicagoans probably got their first taste of Kasia’s at the Taste of Chicago, but the pierogi are available year-round at local grocery stores and the Chicago Avenue deli. They’re probably the most well-known pierogi in Chicago. [Photo: Facebook/Dolores DiLeo]

2101 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Smak-Tak

5961 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

A local favorite among fans of Polish food, Smak-Tak executes it simple dishes at a consistently high level. You won’t be disappointed by the pierogi, which are available in cheese and potato, sauerkraut and mushroom, cheese, meat, blueberry, plum, cherry, and strawberry. [Photo: Yelp/Loyz Z.]

5961 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

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