BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Queen City's deep Polish roots have the benefit of making pierogi about as exotic as burgers and pizza in Western New York.
But few places will offer the kind of variety and unique combinations that you'll find at Ru's Pierogi on Niagara Street.
Andrew Ruszczyk learned the art of the stuffed Polish dish from his grandma and discovered a following selling them to friends and customers at a local bar. That snowballed into a following that let him open his own restaurant in October.
"It's a very big tradition thing here in Buffalo, especially around Christmas holidays, Easter holidays," says Ruszczyk. "I think all we're trying to do here is bring that to you year-round and make a little twist on it, you know, not so traditional."
Those non-traditional offerings include a Pierogi Parm sandwich (cheese & banana pepper pierogi on a roll with marinara and mozzarella), Buffalo chicken pierogi (deep-fried and served with hot sauce and bleu cheese), and even a dessert pierogi (apple-filled with caramel sauce and ice cream).
There are also plenty of more-traditional flavors, all made fresh in the factory right next door to the restaurant- an operation that can crank out up to 7,000 an hour.
"It's literally like my grandmother's basement, but times a hundred," Ruszczyk says. "So nothing's really changed. We're doing it the same exact way, just on a bigger way."
Ru's also offers beer and wine at the bar and operates a food truck to bring pierogi on the go.
295 Niagara St.
Buffalo, NY 14201