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.
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.
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.
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.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST UKRANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
8014 SE 16TH AVE