Welcome to the command center for Paczki Mania. Each winter, metro Detroiters of all stripes look forward to this Polish Catholic tradition of stuffing their faces with as many filled doughnuts as possible on Fat Tuesday. The small but mighty city of Hamtramck, Michigan, is generally considered the epicenter for celebrations in the region, but bakeries, restaurants, and even breweries for miles around also participate in this exceptionally indulgent, pre-Lent activity.
Eater has compiled handy maps, events guides, and other amusing intel to ensure everyone can enjoy Paczki Day — and Mardi Gras — to the fullest. Below find details on where to seek out vegan and gluten-free varieties of Polish doughnuts as well as classic recipes and creative flavors like bacon maple and cannoli cream. This guide will be updated in the days leading up to Tuesday, February 25, so keep checking back for more delicious Polish doughnut intel.