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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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