Buffalo, NY

The Timeless Dumplings of Babcia’s Pierogi

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of the front of Babcia's Pierogis inside the Broadway Market in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

There are always some classics that can never be tampered with and never fail to deliver. Babcia’s Pierogis is one such locale, located inside the Broadway Market in Buffalo, New York, where the plump and primped pierogis they have offered for years continue to be a pillar of quality and taste.

Featuring seasonal and daily specials, Babcia’s offers order-up food, but the main selling point remains the ‘take home and cook’ pierogis. Pierogis run nine bucks for a half bag (six pierogis) or sixteen for the full dozen and cook up very easily in boiled water, before finishing in a frying pan to get that amazing golden-brown shell.

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A bag of buffalo wing pierogis from Babcia's Pierogi.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The cheese pierogi features fresh Farmer’s cheese and caramelized onions, the potato pierogi comes with cheddar and fresh potatoes, and the potato and farmer’s cheese comes with a mix of both. For a zestier spin on the cheese, try the sweet cheese, which comes with lemon zest.

The kraut is simply sauerkraut, while the kraut and mushroom is simply kraut and mushrooms, and that about does it for the traditional. The fusion spins and uniquely Buffalo pierogis are in the signature and specialty sections, like the beef on weck with roast beef, mashed potatoes, and a horseradish au jus.

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Babcia's Pierogi's buffalo wing pierogis prepared with sauteed onions and peppers.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The buffalo wing pierogi is a thing of beauty, featuring chicken breast, hot sauce, bleu cheese, and celery bits for a bite of true Buffalo flavor. The Reuben is another phenomenal creation, stuffed gently full with corned beef, Swiss, thousand island, and kraut. The sausage and asiago is a must try with all the veggies and herbs.

One more unique treat to try are the sweet pierogis, which achieve the perfect balance in a very hard to perfect medium. The apple pierogi is much like a pie, crisp and wholesome, as is the blueberry cheese with that savory Farmer’s cheese addition. For the truly old-fashioned, the plum pierogi is a seasonal favorite, highlighting fresh prunes, lemon, and glazed sugar.

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The special board outside Babcia's Pierogi.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

For a bite at the market, the burgers by Babcia’s Pierogis are a great lunch any day. The patty is covered in a sweet tomato sauce and served with sauteed peppers and onions for a hearty bite. The number one beverage to wash it all down is the apple cider slushie. The sweet and cinnamon flavors of the icy cold slush will have anyone coming back for more.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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