You must be kidding me, Pierogi are the most known polish food to Americans... NOT RUSSIANS! They do not describe them as ravioli (italian), they know pierogi, are just that pierogi. They are so popular, they are in nearly every American food store. Many American companies make the frozen varieties.
Depends where. If you live in a neighborhood with a polish community larger than the russian one, pierogi will be polish. Before there was a relatively recent influx of russian immigrants I did
have to explain pierogi via Italian or Chinese equivalents... cuz when I said 'pierogi' I got the WTF looks or blank stares.
I live in socal. Not only are pierogi russian, imported ham (polska polędwica and kabanosy) is also in a pile known as the 'russian deli meats' in stores that even bother having said imports. Do you honestly think store owners will bother figuring out what's what? Please.
Ethnic stores have things labeled more correctly, but they are few and far between. Dad has to drive over an hour to Hollywood to go to a (I think it's) Hungarian store that sells his beloved polish beers, wherein we also find most of our polish food stuffs.
I'd kill to have a great Polish restaurant close to home. Unfortunately, there's a lack of Poles and Polish restaurants in Southern California.
Where in socal? I know there's a whole parafia in Hollywood and apparently some other one around San Diego. I know of 2 restaurants and have been warned away from them...
Just because America is supposed to be the land of junk food and fast food, with the UK close behind, it doesn't mean they are our respective national dishes.
Name a healthy (if you can't even a non-fastfood will do) national American dish...
Unless you are familiar with Native American stuff, I assume you're running through quite a short list, trying to find something that wasn't imported or imported and slightly altered...
there's a good reason for that ^_^