Passion for perogies in Calgary

In many cultures, people fill flattened dough with delicious fillings. In Asia, there are dumplings. Italians love tortellini, ravioli and agnolotti. In Russia, there are pelmeni and in Georgia, khinkali. The most popular form on the Canadian Prairies is the perogy (pierogi, pirogi, varenyky), which came to Canada from Eastern Europe. If you don’t have a baba to make them for you, here are a few places you can find perogies.

Briggs Kitchen & Bar

100-317 10 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

Begin your busy Saturday or Sunday with a hearty brunch at Briggs Kitchen & Bar on 10th Avenue Southwest. This busy bistro-inspired spot offers creative spins on comfort cuisine, and for perogy lovers, that means ordering the breakfast perogies with sausage, egg, onion and sour cream. There truly is no more fulfilling way to start your day.

Red's Diner Ltd

1415 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2

If you love the thrill of the brunch table hunt, look no further than the two Red’s Diner locations on Fourth Street Southwest just north of 17th Avenue Southwest and in the Ramsay neighbourhood. Both spots specialize in all-day breakfast, including the Prairie Breakfast Plate featuring two eggs and house-made potato-cheddar perogies, which are served with Rocky’s kielbasa, another Eastern European treat. You can also order perogies and kielbasa as an addition to any other breakfast menu item.

Bar C

340 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Another maybe not so obvious place (best kept secret?) for a great weekend brunch on the busy 17th Avenue Southwest strip is Bar C. Part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group, this cozy, contemporary restaurant offers a delicious perogy option on Sundays only. The Bar C Breakfast features bacon and potato perogies, fried onions, farmer sausage and poached eggs topped with sour cream. Eat until you’re full, then do some window shopping with your best brunch mate.

The Big Cheese

738 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

Perogies are a popular choice for brunch and late-night pig-outs. Though The Big Cheese is open all day, late-night revellers on 17th Avenue Southwest flock to get their carb fill at home time. A “snack” of post-marathon proportion, the eatery’s perogy poutine features all the usual delicious poutine components (fries, sauce, cheese curds) plus a pile of perogies, sour cream, caramelized onions and double-smoked bacon.

Yellow Door Bistro

119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8

In Calgary, perogies aren’t always brunch items or late-night noshables; sometimes they’re extra fancy like the appetizer perogies at Yellow Door Bistro located in Hotel Arts. These pretty pouches contain Poplar Bluff Agria potatoes with mushrooms, crumbled bacon and chive sour cream. They’re everything you want in a perogy dish, but prettier.

Hose and Hound Neighbourhood Pub

1030 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S7

This Inglewood pub is a comfy, blue-collar watering hole. Well known as a place firefighters frequent (ladies take note), the walls of this old firehall are covered with firefighting memorabilia. There are rumours the old building is also visited by ghosts, including that of a monkey named Barney. But don’t monkey around, just order a plate of Mikey’s Smokin’ Perogies with your pint. These cheddar-and-potato perogies are pan-fried with bacon and onions and served with a double-smoked farmers sausage. Don’t forget the sour cream and mustard on the side.

Andaros Pizza

216-677 Cougar Ridge Dr SW, Calgary, AB T3H 5J2

How about the flavours of a great perogy dish all compiled on a pizza? Sound good to you? Then hop on over to Andaro’s Pizza, a small pizza take-out joint located in Cougar Ridge. On the establishment’s premium-pizza menu, the Perogy Pizza is available in four sizes. Every pie comes with a well-earned warning stamped on the box: Andaro’s pizzas can be addictive!

4th Spot Kitchen & Bar

2620 4 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3A1

4th Spot Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of the Mount Pleasant community serves up the Perogy Pitsa, which incorporates a combination of mashed potatoes and spicy Spolumbo’s Italian sausage, in addition to the regular bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, green onions, and side of sour cream on a garlic-butter pizza crust. 4th Spot pizzas are 10-inch affairs, with a gluten-free crust available upon request.

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