Piroshky Piroshky Pike Place Market

A taste of Russia in Seattle with Piroshky Piroshky

There’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a warm, flaky and savoury (or sweet) piroshky. Should you find yourself in Seattle, stop by Piroshky Piroshky, a bakery with locations around the Emerald City that serves up this wonderful Russian treat.

Piroshky Piroshky display case
The display case at Pike Place Market.

Piroshky is a versatile hand-held pie: an outside that’s golden brown crust encapsulating a filling, which includes combinations of either ground beef, ham, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, salmon, onion, spinach, and the like. Sweeter variations are made with apple, cherry and rhubarb. No two are alike. Vegetarians will find a nice selection of pastries stuffed with mushroom, potato, celery, and cheeses. I personally like to keep it simple with a beef and onion piroshky, sometimes with a sweeter one as a “dessert”.

Piroshky Piroshky is a Seattle icon. Founded in 1992, their star location is in the city’s Pike Place Market; it’s not uncommon to find a line-up outside, even early in the morning. The good news is that if this location is busy, a short walk up to Third Avenue and Pike Street is another spot, including a window facing the sidewalk to place your order. They also travel to local events with their food truck; a piroshky is never too far away.

But there’s more than just piroshky; treats like the fanciful Oscar’s Star which is a baked dough base and topped with chocolate, cream cheese and hazelnuts. There’s also apple turn-overs, Danish-style rolls and bread twisted into braids, covered in cinnamon, cardamom and chocolate and lemon glaze. The selection is ever so enticing!

Smoked Salmon Piroshky
Smoked Salmon Piroshky getting ready for the oven.

Any of the baked goods from Piroshky Piroshky pairs well with local coffee, it’s easy to grab a cup as Seattle is known for its love of the bean. And with plenty of cafes in walking distance, breakfast (lunch or even an afternoon pick me up) is served!

For me, it’s always a great way to start off Sakura-Con with an early morning stop for coffee and a couple of pastries from this Seattle institution: with a piroshky or two in hand, I’m set for the first few hours of the day.

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