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Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
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Where to Eat Pierogi Around Massachusetts

Plump Polish dumplings are a solid antidote to winter’s chill

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Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
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Winter has come to Boston, and there’s only one way to combat the frigid temperatures: lots and lots of comfort food. Pierogi, Polish dumplings, have become increasingly popular in the States as a delicious and filling meal.

Here are nine pierogi options to try in Boston and elsewhere around Massachusetts, including a couple of pierogi pop-ups that make appearances at area breweries and beyond.

See also: A Guide to Dorchester’s Polish Triangle, From Pierogi to Pączki

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Spoko Pop-up at Night Shift Brewing (and Elsewhere)

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Spoko, a pop-up and catering business, makes it its mission to combine traditional Polish recipes with modern 21st century flavors. Head to the company’s events page to see where it’ll pop up next. It’s most often found at breweries, especially Night Shift Brewing in Everett and Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge, but has also appeared at farmers markets and other events. When you find Spoko, get the ruskie pierogi — a potato, cheese, and onion pierogi that is far and away Spoko’s most popular.

Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
Spoko/Official Site

Jaju Pierogi

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One of the most well-known pierogi companies around Boston, Jaju has found a permanent home at Union Square’s Bow Market. Sisters Vanessa and Casey White, Jaju’s founders, continue to book pop-ups and farmers market appearances around Massachusetts and distribute to stores around New England, but those in the Somerville area can head straight to Bow to get some of Jaju’s incredible dumplings. Try some of the more non-traditional flavors, like the butternut squash or jalapeño cheddar. The Somerville shop has kielbasa, too, and diners can bring their food into Bow Market’s brewery or wine bar.

Jaju Pierogi
Jaju Pierogi
Jaju Pierogi/Facebook

Bronwyn

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Also in Union Square, Bronwyn serves pierogi filled with pork, potato, and spinach. They pair well with a German lager and a Haus wurst.

Pierogi at Bronwyn
Pierogi at Bronwyn, available at the restaurant or from Bronwyn’s catering arm
Bronwyn Catering/Facebook

Wild Fox Pierogi at Lamplighter Brewing (and Elsewhere)

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Like Spoko, Wild Fox Pierogi is a pop-up and catering operation frequently found at breweries and beyond; it has popped up especially frequently at Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge and Castle Island Brewing in Norwood. Wild Fox offers Polish- and Portuguese-inspired cuisine, including classic pierogi and pierogi with a variety of offbeat fillings, from poutine to Buffalo cauliflower.

Wild Fox Pierogi
Wild Fox Pierogi
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Mei Mei

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The pierogi dumplings have long been a staple on the Mei Mei menu — and while they’re not exactly traditional pierogi, there’s no denying that they’re good. The exterior resembles fried gyoza, while the potato-and-cheddar filling is pure pierogi.

Pierogi dumplings at Mei Mei
Pierogi dumplings at Mei Mei
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Cafe Polonia

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If you’re looking for old-school Polish pierogi the way your babcia makes them, the Polish Triangle is your best bet. Head to Cafe Polonia for a sit-down meal at the most traditional Polish restaurant in the city. After your meal, head across the street to Baltic Deli, Cafe Polonia’s sister shop, and a grab a few bags of frozen pierogi to cook at home.

Boiled potato-and-cheese pierogi at Cafe Polonia
Boiled potato-and-cheese pierogi at Cafe Polonia
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Millie's Pierogi

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Don’t try to go to Millie’s for a sit-down meal; it’s not a restaurant. The small Chicopee space is where employees have been hand-making pierogi for over 40 years, building a huge online business and shipping pierogi across the country. Locals can look out for the Millie’s trailer at local food fairs throughout the summer and fall, and anyone can order pierogi online for delivery. They’re also available in stores throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Pierogi from Millie’s Pierogi
Pierogi from Millie’s Pierogi
Millie’s Pierogi/Facebook

Janik's Pierogi Cafe

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In the western part of the state, Janik’s Pierogi Cafe is one of the go-to spots for Polish food. Open since 2015 and operated by a mother-and-daughter team, Janik’s offers a variety of different pierogi flavors (sauerkraut and kielbasa, spinach and cheese, blueberry, and more) and has quickly become a local favorite.

Pierogi at Janik’s Pierogi Cafe
Pierogi at Janik’s Pierogi Cafe
Janik’s Pierogi Cafe/Facebook

Patti's Pierogis

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Down in Fall River, Patti’s is a great option for those south of the city looking to get their pierogi fix. The menu is huge — traditional pierogi are joined by “Buff chix max and cheese-ogi,” “steak teriy-ogi,” “pizza-ogi,” and lots more, not to mention mini bacon-wrapped pierogi. Make sure to order one of the many dessert pierogi — a rare (and very underrated) offering in the States.

Pierogi at Patti’s Pierogis
Pierogi at Patti’s Pierogis
Ken Z./Yelp

Spoko Pop-up at Night Shift Brewing (and Elsewhere)

Spoko, a pop-up and catering business, makes it its mission to combine traditional Polish recipes with modern 21st century flavors. Head to the company’s events page to see where it’ll pop up next. It’s most often found at breweries, especially Night Shift Brewing in Everett and Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge, but has also appeared at farmers markets and other events. When you find Spoko, get the ruskie pierogi — a potato, cheese, and onion pierogi that is far and away Spoko’s most popular.

Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
Pierogi from the Spoko pop-up and catering company
Spoko/Official Site

Jaju Pierogi

One of the most well-known pierogi companies around Boston, Jaju has found a permanent home at Union Square’s Bow Market. Sisters Vanessa and Casey White, Jaju’s founders, continue to book pop-ups and farmers market appearances around Massachusetts and distribute to stores around New England, but those in the Somerville area can head straight to Bow to get some of Jaju’s incredible dumplings. Try some of the more non-traditional flavors, like the butternut squash or jalapeño cheddar. The Somerville shop has kielbasa, too, and diners can bring their food into Bow Market’s brewery or wine bar.

Jaju Pierogi
Jaju Pierogi
Jaju Pierogi/Facebook

Bronwyn

Also in Union Square, Bronwyn serves pierogi filled with pork, potato, and spinach. They pair well with a German lager and a Haus wurst.

Pierogi at Bronwyn
Pierogi at Bronwyn, available at the restaurant or from Bronwyn’s catering arm
Bronwyn Catering/Facebook

Wild Fox Pierogi at Lamplighter Brewing (and Elsewhere)

Like Spoko, Wild Fox Pierogi is a pop-up and catering operation frequently found at breweries and beyond; it has popped up especially frequently at Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge and Castle Island Brewing in Norwood. Wild Fox offers Polish- and Portuguese-inspired cuisine, including classic pierogi and pierogi with a variety of offbeat fillings, from poutine to Buffalo cauliflower.

Wild Fox Pierogi
Wild Fox Pierogi
Wild Fox Pierogi/Facebook

Mei Mei

The pierogi dumplings have long been a staple on the Mei Mei menu — and while they’re not exactly traditional pierogi, there’s no denying that they’re good. The exterior resembles fried gyoza, while the potato-and-cheddar filling is pure pierogi.

Pierogi dumplings at Mei Mei
Pierogi dumplings at Mei Mei
Mei Mei/Facebook

Cafe Polonia

If you’re looking for old-school Polish pierogi the way your babcia makes them, the Polish Triangle is your best bet. Head to Cafe Polonia for a sit-down meal at the most traditional Polish restaurant in the city. After your meal, head across the street to Baltic Deli, Cafe Polonia’s sister shop, and a grab a few bags of frozen pierogi to cook at home.

Boiled potato-and-cheese pierogi at Cafe Polonia
Boiled potato-and-cheese pierogi at Cafe Polonia
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Millie's Pierogi

Don’t try to go to Millie’s for a sit-down meal; it’s not a restaurant. The small Chicopee space is where employees have been hand-making pierogi for over 40 years, building a huge online business and shipping pierogi across the country. Locals can look out for the Millie’s trailer at local food fairs throughout the summer and fall, and anyone can order pierogi online for delivery. They’re also available in stores throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Pierogi from Millie’s Pierogi
Pierogi from Millie’s Pierogi
Millie’s Pierogi/Facebook

Janik's Pierogi Cafe

In the western part of the state, Janik’s Pierogi Cafe is one of the go-to spots for Polish food. Open since 2015 and operated by a mother-and-daughter team, Janik’s offers a variety of different pierogi flavors (sauerkraut and kielbasa, spinach and cheese, blueberry, and more) and has quickly become a local favorite.

Pierogi at Janik’s Pierogi Cafe
Pierogi at Janik’s Pierogi Cafe
Janik’s Pierogi Cafe/Facebook

Patti's Pierogis

Down in Fall River, Patti’s is a great option for those south of the city looking to get their pierogi fix. The menu is huge — traditional pierogi are joined by “Buff chix max and cheese-ogi,” “steak teriy-ogi,” “pizza-ogi,” and lots more, not to mention mini bacon-wrapped pierogi. Make sure to order one of the many dessert pierogi — a rare (and very underrated) offering in the States.

Pierogi at Patti’s Pierogis
Pierogi at Patti’s Pierogis
Ken Z./Yelp

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