The first place on my foodie agenda when I landed in Toronto was for my sisters Shannon and Jamie and I to go to The Loaded Pierogi at 1044 Gerrard Street East. Oh how we all LOVE pierogies!!!
We took the streetcar on a Friday night. The restaurant is at Gerrard East and Galt Avenue.
It was early evening and the place was full of natural light. There were these golden hanging lightbulbs which gave fabulous ambience once the sun started to set.
So many pierogies to choose from but we started to realize that the “get loaded” tagline was actually referring to the fact that this was a place to drink. Vodka, in particular!
That did not keep families away nor me, even though I am not a drinker. I had iced tea and got to figuring out which fabulous pierogies I wanted for dinner.
The menu is quite phenomenal. From Butter Chicken to dessert pierogies like Strawberry & Chocolate. There is something for everyone.
Me? I stuck to my seafood-loving roots and got The Catch, “Atlantic lobster & crab with julienne sweet peppers, caramelized onions, hollandaise sauce, sour cream & green onions”. Damn! So delicious! And they were generous with both the hollandaise and the sour cream. Fabulous!
I got my pierogies half and half which meant half boiled and half deep fried. Both were fabulous. My sisters on the other hand got all deep fried.
Jamie ordered The Cabbage Patch Kid which came with crispy fried brussel sprouts, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, sun dried tomatoes, creamy ranch dressing, sour cream & green onions. She LOVES brussel sprouts!
Shannon ordered The Porky Pig which came with crispy center cut bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, sour cream & green onions.
Of course, being sisters, we had to share! Although Jamie passed on my seafood bliss, as she is not a fan of shellfish.
Everything was delicious. Jamie’s brussel sprout healthy goodness was cooked perfectly and Shannon’s was cheese and bacon bliss.
I savoured every last bite of my seafood pierogies! I am totally loving these themed-pierogi meals that have become so popular. Think I am going to have to start making some at home myself! Such a clever way to reinvent pierogi dishes!
I was almost tempted to get dessert pierogies too but I actually was full. Next time I am in town…!!!
The Overall Experience
The Loaded Pierogi on Gerrard has wonderful ambience so it is a great location for a family meal and if you want to add some vodka beverages to your cheese and potato dumplings, go for it! Service was lovely and the place always had people coming and going. It was quite packed when we left on my first Friday night in Toronto.
What a perfect beginning to such an amazing trip home. I give this foodie experience five out of five wooden spoons.
Debra She Who Seeks says
All the different kinds look so delicious! You and your sisters are all looking great too!
Suzie the Foodie says
Aww… Thanks Debra! We got all spiffied up for the night. It was so much fun to be together again!
Torture to read when I live 11,000 k’s away but next time in TO I’m there. Just made a few dozen of my own but prefer potato and cottage cheese, boiled and smothered in butter, fried onions and sour cream, of course retried the next day if any left! It must be such a please to to sit down and enjoy ones you didn’t have to make! Still love Starskys when in TO.
Sorry for the typo’s
Suzie the Foodie says
Woah!!! That is a long ways away Heather but the nice thing is of course we can make pierogies of our own which it sounds like you do very well. Amazing! It’s true, so nice when someone else makes them for you. Will have to check out Starskys next time I’m in Toronto!