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TASTE TEST: Dan's Pierogies a Pierogi Fest highlight
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TASTE TEST: Dan's Pierogies a Pierogi Fest highlight

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Pierogi Fest, the premier Polish dumpling festival that packs hundreds of thousands of revelers into downtown Whiting every year, returns in all its goofy glory this weekend.

There's halupki and buscias and Slovak dancing and more. But the real draw is those buttery Eastern European dumplings everyone loves so much.

One of the most popular Pierogi Fest vendors, which inevitably draws long lines, is available year-round however, not just on 119th Street in the last weekend of July. Dan’s Pierogis now has a restaurant at 2945 Jewett Avenue in downtown Highland and a food truck that visits places like the Schererville Farmers Market.

The traditional Polish restaurant offers 14 different types of pierogi made from family recipes, boasting they’re “just like grandma used to make.”

Whether meat, potato or kraut, they’re hot off the grill and crispy on the outside. The dough is perfect, and the filling is expertly seasoned. The dumplings are buttery but not as greasy as pierogi can sometimes be.

Dan’s also has a variety of dessert pierogi if you need to sate a sweet tooth, but you can’t go wrong with classics like the cheddar and potato.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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