February 2019 | Organized by: Karna and Fred
All Pierogi Kitchen & Euro Market
1245 E Baseline Rd | Mesa, AZ | 85202
My first pierogi adventure! This hidden gem with flavors from the Ukraine and eastern Europe is in a shopping strip at Alma School and Baseline. I can’t count how many times we have driven past this place and had no idea the tasty wonder that was hidden inside.
The place is comfortable and casual and gives a feeling of stopping by a local place for a quick bite cooked up by your neighbor’s grandma in the back, but yet is welcoming and inspires you to relax and just hang out while catching up with friends.
For appetizers we tried the salad sampler plate which included some mixed salads, a potato salad that includes peas and carrots, and rainbow salad which is made with shredded beets, pickles and small crispy french fries.
I had no idea that there was such a variety of dishes based on beets and pickles. Not everyone was a fan but I was so excited. Beets and pickles are two of my favorite things and they were in so many of the dishes!
We tried the red borscht (with beets of course) and the smoked kielbasa dill pickle green borscht. Both were quite tasty and so not what we expected. The pierogis and kielbasa were so fresh and flavorful but don’t be worried, the portions are plenty so you will certainly have enough.
We also tried the cabbage rolls both the beef with tomato sauce and the pork with the mushroom sauce, which was definitely the winner of the two. I assumed red cabbage salad would be similar to rot kohl that I have enjoyed in the past but this one was different and left me “meh”.
Make sure to leave room for the fruit pierogis and honey cake for dessert. Yum! And don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the attached market to pick up some fresh sausage, cheese, or other treats.
To seal the deal on this wonderful experience, we also had the benefit of some live music from the cutest musician cranking out some well-known tunes on an accordion. It was such a fun foodie adventure and a nice return to the drive for food exploration that started the Double D’s oh-so-many years ago. Well done Karna and Fred!