In the mood for some borscht, or perhaps a tray of piping hot dumplings? While L.A., unlike New York and Chicago, does not have a Ukrainian enclave, there are a few spots where you can get some solid Ukrainian cuisine. They tend to also offer other regional dishes, including Russian, Uzbek, and Georgian items, so why not make a feast of it at these five Los Angeles establishments?
Igor Avramenko serves pirozhki out of an Airstream trailer typically parked in the Arts District. This delicacy, served hot, is a bread pocket stuffed with fillings such as beef, chicken, cheese, potato and spinach, and there are cups of cold borscht available to complement it. Avramenko told the Los Angeles Times, “I’ve had an idea of combining traditional Russian-Ukrainian gastronomy and a food truck format for quite some time. The idea was to find a product that would perfectly blend these two concepts. Pirozhki just seemed like a perfect fit.”
Shoppers can purchase Russian and Ukrainian food and sundries from this grocery store, including the Russian bread soda known as kvass. Smoked fish, Ukrainian pickles, sausages and sauerkraut are also available, along with a variety of deli items.