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McKees Rocks


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When one thinks of McKees Rocks, one thinks of mills, factories, railroads, bridges, the historic Adena Indian Burial Mounds, The Bottoms, sports teams and beautiful ethnic churches. One does not immediately think of restaurants. But McKees Rocks has always had several good restaurants, many of them specializing in ethnic or nationality food. Restaurants in The Rox tend to be small, family owned, hard to find, 1950ish and definitely worth a visit.

Sadly, the reviving downtown has lost its beloved Eat n Park after 54 years. Right on Chartiers Avenue, the Eat n Park was the key place for businessmen, political leaders and other professionals to meet and discuss deals, sales transactions, proposals and other items. Its landlord refused to renew its lease.

Pierogies Plus isn't just the best kitchen in McKees Rocks. The majority of restaurant critics consider it the best Pierogie source in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County. CEO Helen Mannarino migrated here from Poland in 1974 and has been making Pierogies the traditional Polish way for 50 years. Her sister Grace is a bit younger but was born and raised in Poland and has been making Pierogies for 40 years. Pierogies Plus supplies many Pittsburgh restaurants and special occasion caterers with Pierogies.

Their most popular Pierogies include Plain Potato, Potato & Cheese, Sauerkraut & Potato, Cottage Cheese & Chives, Ground Chuck and Hot Sausage. But there are seven Potato, five Cheese, six Sauerkraut and two Spinach options. They also offer three kinds of Haluskis, a Borscht soup, Blue Crab Cakes, and Kielbasa, Meatball, Sausage and Pulled Pork Sandwiches. A Sampler Platter of one Stuffed Cabbage, four different Pierogies and a small Haluski is a fine introduction to the sisters' cooking.

Pierogies Plus is located in an old gas station on Island Avenue, at the top of the hill as you leave Chartiers Avenue.