Visiting the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church “Friday kitchen” has been on my radar for the past couple of years.
My attempt last year was foiled when I learned the basement (the location of the kitchen) was flooded after a fire in the neighborhood. I didn’t quite catch why this happened during my call with the Very Rev. Marijan Procyk (as it was hard to understand him) but needless to say, the Friday kitchen is up and running after its hiatus.
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays (closed during summer), co-workers Ann, Lisa and I headed to the kitchen for a lunch adventure, noting that for some reason this time of year we crave our ethnic foods even more so.
Following the signs, we descended into the basement that reminded us of someone’s home, complete with a little clutter and silk flowers. We loved it.
At the counter manned by firm (but nice) church ladies we ordered our platters of stuffed cabbage and pierogi. I claimed the final meat and rice stuffed cabbage, while the coworkers went for the meatless made with rice and mushrooms.
I added a cup of borscht bringing my entire tab to $6. (Bottles of water are $1.)
Our tasty lunch was enhanced by the show — a steady stream of customers coming for take out, including a cop.
Overheard from one of the ladies, “Last week we had nobody and had to freeze everything. This week everyone is here.” I chuckled, fondly remembering my long-gone Polish great aunts. Eastern Europeans are a tough lot to please.
We inquired if there were desserts and were told “Sometimes we have them, but not today.” Very matter-of-fact and a good marketing ploy to get us to return.
Info: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is located at 308 Fillmore Ave. We parked at the (sadly) defunct School 40 across the street. Frozen pierogi available for purchase.