Hello Charm City Chowhounds,
I am attempting to write an essay for the City Paper about the mystifying dearth of pierogi in Baltimore, a town with a significant Eastern European population but darned few places that serve the cuisine. (Pittsburgh, a city with a similar Eastern European immigration history/demographic, has plenty of pierogi. Many restaurants serve pierogi there, and you can even buy them as bar snacks for a quarter. Here, our cheap homemade bar snacks are coddies).
So I'm asking for chowhound wisdom and guidance here to unravel the mystery. I have two main questions:
1.) Where to find pierogi in Baltimore? Either restaurant or retail? (other than Ze Mean Bean and Pikesville's Suburban House, plus not-good grocery store frozen pierogi -- Im looking for homemade.
2.) Why is pierogi not common/easy to find here in Baltimore the way it is in other places like PIttsburgh and various Ohio cities?
Email me directly or post here, any response welcome! Thanks so much in advance!