Learn More About Janik's Pierogi Cafe
Janik's Pierogi Cafe is named after our babcia Marta Janik who shared on the traditional pierogi recipe we use in our cafe. Her mouthwatering pierogi recipe have been passed down through the family and it is a pleasure to be able to bring the same joy to our customers.
We look forward to sharing our passion for great polish food you and your family!
Janik's Pierogi Cafe & Juice Bar is a locally owned and operated mother & daughter polish restaurant. We established in the 38-40 Main St area in Fall of 2015 satisfying the local community.
Our main goal is a friendly family atmosphere while keeping the high standards & quality of our food and beverages in reasonable prices. We specialize in traditional homemade polish pierogis, but our menu carries a rich variety of home made specialties.
Pierogi is Poland's national dish and enjoyed year around by all ages. Pierogi have been made in Poland since the 13th century. However, claims have been staked by the Poles, Romanians, Russians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, and Slovaks. Some suggest that the original form came from China through Italy during the Marco Polo expeditions. Others suggest that the Tartars brought the recipe to the West from the former Russian Empire. Although nothing is confirmed, one thing we do know is that the word pierogi first appeared in Polish cookbooks and literature in the second half of the 17th century.
Pierogi appeared in the United States in the early 1900s when thousands of Eastern Europeans immigrated to the States. By the 1940s, pierogi became a staple for church fundraisers in the northeast and upper Midwest. By the 1960s, grocery chains across America and Canada started stocking pierogi in their frozen food aisles where they remain today. Americans today still consume more than 31 million pierogi yearly.
We also know that starting back then; pierogi was and still remains the meal prepared for holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and weddings.
About Pierogi Flavors..
There are as many toppings as there are flavors. You can use pretty much any type of vegetable, cheese, meat, or grain combination for pierogi stuffing. In the United States, the most popular pierogi are the potato & cheddar cheese flavor. However, the more traditional form of potato cheese pierogi in Poland is made with potato & farmer’s cheese. What is farmer’s cheese? Farmer’s cheese is a fresh white curd cheese that uses just milk and cultures. During processing, the whey is drained off so you get a healthier cheese with low lactose levels--great for the millions who have problems digesting dairy due to lactose. In Poland, farmer’s cheese is called twaróg. However, probably the most popular pierogi in Poland is a variation of cabbage, sauerkraut, and mushroom pierogi, or a dessert pierogi typically filled with fresh seasonal fruit such as berries.
You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to pierogi fillings!
We Are Open:
Monday - Tuesday
8:00 AM-6:00 PM
8:00 AM-8:00 PM
8:00 AM-5:00 PM