Jenkins and I recently took a trip down to Seattle during the waning days of summer. We were only there for a couple of days but had a great opportunity to try out several different eateries. One of our first stops was to Piroshky Piroshky right by Pike Place Market. I had been wanting to try this place out ever since I saw it featured on Anthony Bourdain but never had the chance to stop in during my previous visits to Seattle. We finally had the opportunity to stop by this time around. After lining up for about 10 minutes, we were finally at the counter.
Jenkins and I decided to order a couple of items to split. What I had really wanted to order was the beef and cheese piroshky, which was one of the most popular items on the menu. Unfortunately for us, it was so popular that they had ran out that day and unless we wanted to wait, there was none available. Instead, I ordered the Bavarian sausage Piroshky. The sausage itself was actually quite disappoint as it was more of a European wiener rather than a Bavarian sausage. It was a little tasteless and did not have much flavour to it. The pastry crust though was super flaky and had a nice, crispy bottom. Despite its flakiness, it did not seem very greasy or overly buttery.
Jenkins chose a west coast option by going for the salmon and dill piroshky. His piroshky was made with a different pastry wrapping so it was not as flaky. However, the filling for this was very tasty with the flavour of dill really permeating the smoked salmon. It’s probably not the most traditional option but I would recommend this one.
We also decided to share a potato mushroom and onion piroshky. This one was very filling as you can probably imagine. The mushroom and onion flavour dominated the potato, which provided the creamy texture. Although I enjoyed this at the beginning, I found it to be too filling towards the end but that may be because I had already shared a couple of piroshkies with Jenkins by that time.
Piroshky Piroshky definitely offers something that you don’t see every day in Vancouver. The piroshkies are freshly made every day and since the turnover is so high, you can be pretty sure the one you’re eating just got out of the oven quite recently. I’d definitely like to come back to try the beef and onion one day. As with any type of offering with many flavours/fillings, it can be hit and miss so you just need to try a few to find out which one you like.
1908 Pike Place, Seattle, WA