Restaurant: Pierogies Plus
Address: 342 Island Ave., McKees Rocks, PA
What we ate (and loved): Various kinds of pierogi: classic potato and cheese, weinkraut (sauerkraut), lekvar (prune), apricot-cream cheese; halupki (stuffed cabbage rolls)
Insider Tip: Owner Helen Mannarino leads a team of Ukrainian grandmothers in churning out hundreds of pierogi every hour in the back kitchen of Pierogies Plus, located in a former gas station just outside Pittsburgh. You may be tempted to visit many other restaurants and bars that boast the best pierogi in PGH, but save yourself some time and head straight to the source: Pierogies Plus’ list of wholesale clients features many names that grace many publications’ lists of the city’s top potato dumplings. Choose from dozens of different fillings at the takeaway window, then grab yourself a spot at a table where the gas pumps used to be for a bit of al fresco dining, yinzer-style.