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Cop Out Pierogies
350 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15223 (Etna) - Location

On the Yelp page for Cop Out Pierogies, multiple people state that these are the "best pierogies in Pittsburgh."  Well, I don't want to stir up any controversy, but I - as a human entitled to my own opinion - must agree that these are pretty damn good.

I noticed the storefront for Cop Out when riding a bus through Etna.

Actually making it through the door required a little bit of planning, as Cop Out is only open Wednesday - Saturday for a few hours in the afternoon. 

This is actually an improvement, as they used to only be open Friday and Saturday! 


The inside of Cop Out is tiny, with a counter for ordering, and two tables for eating in.  The menu is enormous and overwhelming. I all but begged the teenage waiter to order for me (he didn't oblige).  

Potato Bacon Blue Cheese? Chicken Parm? Chicken Spring Roll? Pepperoni Pizza? SHRIMP GRITS BACON? WATERMELON TEQUILA HABANERO CHICKEN?  How are you supposed to wrap your head around all of this? 

This time of year, don't miss out on the "Pilgrim" pierogi, which fits an entire Thanksgiving dinner into a pierogi! 

The majority of Cop Out's business is frozen to-go, but if you can snag one of the two tables, you can eat in. 

I desperately wanted to try all of the flavors, but as one girl I couldn't rationalize ordering 34 pierogies to myself.  I settled on a half dozen "traditional" and a half dozen "mac & cheese".

The pierogies arrived very quickly. They were warm and crispy, with a side of onions. Although I'd only ordered a half-dozen, eight of each flavor arrived on my plate - a thoughtful touch that did not go unnoticed. 

Then I had a bite, and it was all over.  There were tears, my friends.... and I am not kidding.

NOTE ONE YEAR LATER: I actually remember tearing up when I had a bite. 


I didn't finish all of the pierogies there, but I took them home and they mysteriously disappeared before the sun set...

Cop Out Pierogies started in late 2012 by Carl Funtal and family, a police officer in Shaler for over 24 years. Carl started the shop at the urging of friends and family who loved his already famous pierogies.

The business has been a huge success with a cult reputation in Pittsburgh.  Plus, their motto - "It's not a party until the cops show up" - is pretty much the greatest thing ever. 

I don't know what more I can do to convince you to get over there and try them! 

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