The Best Perogies in Toronto
The best perogies in Toronto are far superior to the mass-produced versions found in your local freezer aisle. Made from scratch, the Polish/Ukrainian staple is best had when fresh, filled with love, and pinched by hand.
At Toronto restaurants and deli counters, you'll find classic versions (potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushrooms, or minced meat) in abundance, as well as some gourmet approaches that upgrade the humble comfort food with addition of truffles, smoked cheeses or pork belly.
Here are the best perogies in Toronto.
This Roncesvalles eatery is a favourite for four varieties of homestyle perogies sold six ($5.50) or 12 ($10) at a time. Served with sour cream and fried onions, choices include cheddar, cottage cheese, minced pork, and my favourite, an earthy mix of sauerkraut and mushrooms. More »
Settle in at this cozy Queen Street dining room for a couple pints and a plate of sweet potato and cheese-stuffed perogies. Priced at $20 for six, these handmade specimens are served on a bed of braised red cabbage with a cool side of creme fraiche for dipping. More »
This handsome tavern on Ossington offers pork belly and cheddar perogies ($11) as a starter for supper or as late-night snack on weekends. Served five to a plate, these buttery pan-fried pockets come with cabbage and herbed sour cream on the side. More »
Grandma’s hand pinched perogies ($8-$12) are boiled and topped with onions, bacon and fresh dill at this Bloor West Village restaurant. Available in the classic lineup of potato and cheese, ground beef, or sauerkraut and mushrooms, the Polish staples are joined by a Siberian variation, Plemeny ($12.50), stuffed with lamb. More »
Find comfort in the Financial District at this restaurant where handmade perogies get a reverential but refined riff. Here, potato and ramp perogies ($23) are presented over a swoosh of beet-horseradish puree with caramelized onions and earthy cinnamon cap mushrooms. More »
Served 10 at a time, the classic ruskie perogi ($11) filled with cheddar and mashed potato, is among the house favourites at this Polish restaurant on Roncesvalles. Other variations include a mix of cabbage and mushrooms or minced meat. More »
The humble perogi get a gourmet spin at this King East beer bar. The truffle perogies ($18) are handmade with oyster mushrooms and Mennonite sheep’s milk cheese filling before being finished in a sizzling pan with plenty of butter, onions and a dollop of creme fraiche. More »
Five types of perogies ($10-$12) are available at this European tavern on Roncy. Go traditional with pillows of cheese, sauerkraut or meat topped with caramelized onions and bacon bits. You can also get adventurous with deep-fried poutine or nacho-style perogies, or the dessert version ($7) with yogurt, muesli and berries. More »
This dapper destination across from the ROM offers a menu filled with modern takes on the old standards. When it comes to perogies ($13), the crimped dumplings are no exception, with a little extra oomph added by a truffled mushroom filling with lardons and finished with caramelized onions and sour cream. More »
This old-school Hungarian diner in the Annex is home to massive schnitzel dinners, though the perogies with sausage ($11) should not be overlooked. Lightly fried (more like tossed in butter), this plate is topped with a tangle of deeply caramelized onions and accompanied by a little pot of sour cream. More »
The Ukrainian deli counter in Etobicoke makes up batches of take-away ready varynikis for at home consumption or for catered events. The boiled dumplings are available with a variety of stuffing like the dairy free potatoes and onions, or with cheddar or sauerkraut. More »
This well-established, Euro-centric takeaway counter on the lower level of St. Lawrence Market serves slippery half moons stuffed with minced veal or creamy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Offered at impressive value, a half dozen sells for just $2.50 while a dozen go for just $4. More »