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All Pierogi Kitchen

Visited 25 Feb. 2018.

It was linner time (late lunch + early dinner) and grocery shopping to follow, so we decided to go for something in the range of the trip. This place has been on my list for some time but we just never got around to it. It is a small place in a strip mall, very non-descript from the outside. The interior reminds one of the Ukraine with its wooden trellis work, tables, and awnings. It is pleasant as it the greeter/server; in fact, she is very enthusiastic.

Since it was our first visit, it was difficult to decide but we both chose large plates and made our choices with the assistance of our server. Both plates cames with lovely freshly baked in-house bread; a close crumbed spongy interior with a slightly chewy crust. They were also accompanied by a house salad, a pleasant blend of greens, carrots, red cabbage, and grated cheese.

J chose the sampler plate; with his choices, this consisted of a beef cabbage roll in mushroom sauce, a fresh kielbasa, sauerkraut, sauerkraut and cheese pierogi, and pork pierogi, sour cream, fried onions, and bacon pieces. He requested boiled pierogi (which the server entered correctly on our check) but received pan-fried which he decided not to send back. The cabbage roll was fabulous, the light layers of cabbage leaves were tender and easy to cut with a very generous finely ground beef filling. The pork pierogi had a similarly textured filling, which J said was very excellent. We both found the sauerkraut and potato pierogi to be very good as well. I found the sauerkraut by itself to be far less pickled than I am used to.

With my choices, my potato and sausage combo plate consisted of smoked kielbasa, pan-fried (as I ordered) beef pierogi, potato pancakes, sour cream, applesauce, sauteed onion, and bacon pieces. The smoked kielbasa was good but I found the fresh one that J selected more to my taste. The beef pierogi were great with a silky texture from the finely ground beef. I found the potato pancakes to be bland.

For desserts, we had hruschiki and sweet cheese pierogi (server recommended as her favorite). The hruschiki were quite nice, a crisp slightly sweet pastry that was deep fried and smothered in powdered sugar. The cheese pierogi were boiled, drizzled with a very light caramel, and served with sweetened whipped cream. They were great. I was expecting a flavor sort of like cheesecake but got a wonderful surprise in how different from that taste they were.

J found several beers to try and seemed to enjoy them all. We shall return, we really enjoyed our meal.

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2018 by in Arizona, Mesa, Uncategorized.
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