Ukrainian food is not exactly a staple of ethnic cuisine in the midwest. That's one thing that makes Kramarczuk's East European Deli so special, there really is nothing else like it. In the 1940s, husband and wife Wasyl and Anna Kramarczuk traveled to Minneapolis from Ukraine in the hopes of opening up a restaurant. The plan was Wasyl would do all of the curing and sausage stuffing, and Anna would make the baked goods. Kramarczuk's quickly became a Minneapolis landmark.
There are dozens of varieties of sausage at Kramarczuk's and each sausage is still made on-site from scratch. Kramarczuk's makes everything from classic Kielbasas and Chorizo to Krakowska and Knackwurst. A Krakowska is a type of Polish sausage made from cuts of lean pork seasoned with pepper, allspice, coriander, and garlic. A Knackwurst is a short German sausage stuffed with ground veal, pork, and fresh garlic stuffed into hog casings. For the hunters out there, Kramarczuk's will even turn your wild game meat into a variety of delicious sausages. Any visit to Kramarczuk's would be remiss without ordering a plate of the pork pierogis - fried buttery dumplings stuffed with pork and served with sour cream and sauteed onions. Any lover of hot dogs would be a fan of the Cossack style brats, served with cheese and onions on a broiled bun.
Kramarczuk's East European Deli has carved out a place in the heart and stomachs of locals for decades and it remains one of Minneapolis's best places to grab a bite.
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