“Heavenly” Perogies

A real hidden gem that’s only open 3 hours a week. Get em’ while you can!

Ever since visiting Poland about 10 years ago, I’ve been a perogie fan.  The big dumplings filled with potato and cheese, then served with sour cream, onions or apple sauce.  They are a little tough to find in Portland because  there are no Polish restaurants here (Bar Dobre, the only one I knew, of recently closed).  A few food carts and  a couple restaurants (like Mother’s & Veritable Quandary) have them on the menu, but they just aren’t that common.

perogie church

One Saturday afternoon I was sitting in traffic on Tacoma Street in Sellwood.  It was taking forever, and all of a sudden I saw a blue sign that said “Perogies” with an arrow pointing to the right.  I didn’t even hesitate, I just made the turn and followed the signs to a little church which I now know is St. John The Baptist Ukranian Orthodox Church.  I parked the car, then followed more signs into their basement where I found long rows of folding tables and a little kitchen window where some nice ladies were selling perogies.

perogie basement

perogie menu

You can buy  them pre-cooked with some sour cream and caramelized onions to eat there for $7/dozen.  That’s a lot of food for $7!  On my most recent trip I ate an entire dozen myself (I would like to say this is because I’m “eating for two” but I think I could eat the same amount normally) but Gloria and Emmi shared a dozen and seemed pretty satisfied.  You can also buy them frozen for $6/dozen along with cabbage rolls and sausage.

heavenly perogie plate

There are only two downsides to this little shop: First, they only make one flavor of perogie…potato and cheese.  A little variety would be nice but what they make is DELICIOUS, so it’s tough to complain.  Second, the hours.   They are only open on Saturdays from 11am-2pm.  That’s it.  Only a 3-hour window each week to get your perogie fix, so get yourself together this saturday and try them out.

8014 SE 16TH AVE

1 Comment on “Heavenly” Perogies

  1. The love comes in the filling. This line stkiers such a chord. When I visited my Aunt in Poland we could not communicate well as I don’t speak Polish and she doesn’t speak English. We walked to the market and bought some wild blueberries. She made perogi and she, my sister and I all helped to roll and fill them. It’s a very important memory for me as we laughed and joked about the way we were filling them. My children were small at the time and loved the freshly made perogi eaten with smetana.Strawberries are one of the fruits that are worst for chemical absorbtion into the skin there is a league table (although your son sounds particularly sensitive). I used to experience that instant wheezing with orange squash not as severely i.e. no hospital but unpleasant all the same. It’s shocking that we still use chemicals with such abandon in our lives. Great post Redawna

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