Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2017-2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 38 Feature Babushka's Pierogi Guests are greeted warmly as they step through the door at Babushka's Pierogi in Tower Place Festival shopping center on Highway 51. This three-generation, family-owned restaurant offers savory comfort food made from scratch. Must-try dishes are its namesake pierogi featuring fresh dough stuffed with combinations of cheese, potatoes, mushrooms and onions. For newcomers to Russian cuisine, co-owner Yuliya Feland recommends starting with a warm bowl of borscht, a traditional beet soup filled with other garden veggies, and a side of pieroshkies, soft rolls that complement the dish. The restaurant's warm interior of wood and hand-painted artwork creates a comfortable dining space. Babushka, which means "grandmother" in Russian, celebrates the collection of passed-down recipes that makes up the menu. Feland's family combined dishes from Russia, Hungary and Poland, similar to the blending typically seen in home cooking in that region. Her family had a catering business in Russia, and she sees Babushka's Pierogi as an extension of her own family's kitchen. She wants people to feel like they're at home, where they can relax and enjoy a hearty, nutritious meal. When she sees people truly satisfied, she can't help thinking, "That's why I'm in this business." Russian Comfort Food Borscht with a side of pieroshkies Yuliya Feland (left) owns Babushka's Pierogi with her parents, Victor and Lilia Kalinin, and brother Alex Kalinin (not pictured). Pierogi feature dough stuffed with cheese and vegetables. The Polish Platter reflects the restaurant's blend of Eastern European offerings.

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