The Fountain on Locust
3037 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Owned by syndicated comedienne Joy Grdnic, when it comes to offering the most authentic Polish soup to locals, it is no laughing matter. Not many foods satisfy taste buds in traditional Polish flavor like dill pickle soup. This downtown art deco designed restaurant serves a signature dish that is created using a secret family recipe. Sip one spoonful and you’ll be dancing a polka as you discover its rich potato soup base with an accent of crushed dill pickles throughout.
3055 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
Polish paczek, or paczki, is a pastry enjoyed traditionally on Fat Tuesday. It is deep-fried dough filled with sweet filling and topped with powdered sugar, a small amount of burnt-off grain alcohol for flavor or chocolate syrup. While finding an authentic Polish bakery in St. Louis is next to impossible, the town does love a good Mardi Gras celebration. The closest you’ll come to a paczek in the area is McArthur’s Bakery that specializes in Mardis Gras treats. This bakery’s paczki includes your choice of lemon, apple, strawberry, raspberry or a selection of cream fillings stuffed into this over-sized doughy treat available only seasonally before the Lenten season.
Piekutowski’s European Style Sausage
4100 N. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63107
Hands down, the most authentic Polish sausage in the St. Louis area is sold at Piekutowski’s. This Hyde Park deli is family owned and has been in business for more than 60 years. It sells meat locally and will also ship its products right to your doorstep. The Polish sausage is a full two-and-a-half inches around with a casing suitable for any size of appetite. Ground beef and pork is mixed with spices to create fully cooked meat that is ready to eat.
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4127 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Built to be a place for bicyclists to take a break from a ride, this restaurant has become a much sought-after restaurant bar with a biking art gallery atmosphere. Tucked inside this establishment, southeast of Forest Park, you’ll discover a well-kept secret. Locals describe the pierogies as authentically done right with mouth-watering, melt-in-your-mouth buttery pockets of dough filled with your choice of potato and pork, or two vegetarian selections. Keep it meatless with potato, broccoli and cheese filling or choose cabbage, mushroom, onions and eggs to fill these two pastries packed with flavor.
4414 Donovan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Located in the Chippewa neighborhood area, this family-owned restaurant and catering spot offers a variety of sandwiches, each with a local twist. For a taste of Krakow, Polish ham sausage, order the Stan the Man. Named after one of the town’s baseball greats, the sandwich comes with the Polish-influenced meat topped with Gruyere cheese, garlic cream cheese and, of course, pickles. Stop in for lunch, cater a polka party or grab a sandwich to go and enjoy a picnic on a nice afternoon.
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