I know this will sound totally crazy, but Target has some of the best frozen pierogie that I've come across. I would usually never buy food from Target, but when I happened across these potato and cheese filled Polish pierogie, I had to give them a go. They're super easy to make: You literally just put some butter in a pan and fry them for five minutes on both sides. I, of course, slam some Greek cheese yogurt and applesauce all over them and eat the entire box. They are just that good...crispy, buttery and so oozing with soft potato and gooey cheese. I almost had a heart attack when I tasted the first one....but I had to stop buying them---really, no stomach can handle a dozen pierogies in one sitting. I guess it's called "restraint." Well, good luck with these little gems.
There are true, dime-a-dozen dumps that you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole no matter what the situation is and then there are the full-dive, holes-in-the-wall that you-would-never-knew-it-existed-unless-you-
trip-upon-it. The latter of the two is usually the secret place that's whipping up some rock-solid ethnic cuisine, where you fork over very little dough for belly-busting portions. This type of establishment is my all-time favorite and what I hunt for around every corner. Andrzej Grill is exactly that sort of find.
A few weeks ago, I was cruising down Western Avenue and literally came to a screeching halt when I saw the sign for this Polish hideaway. The sign looked like it'd been strung up decades ago, and that's usually a good thing: If the place looks like its been around the block, the grub is probably right on.