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Paczki made with potato dough at Rose’s Fine Foods.
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Try These Twists on Classic Paczki in Metro Detroit

From vegan and gluten-free treats to alternative flavors, there’s something for everyone on Paczki Day

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Paczki made with potato dough at Rose’s Fine Foods.
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Paczki Day in metro Detroit has grown well beyond its Polish roots into a regional holiday when pastry obsessives can indulge in filled and fried desserts. Throughout the area bakeshops open their doors early on Fat Tuesday and welcome in the hungry doughnut-seeking hordes. This pan-cultural celebration has naturally led to some unique spins beyond the traditional fillings.

While plum and rose are always a treat, find below a guide to alternative takes on the classic Polish doughnut. This year, there’s been a proliferation of gluten-free and vegan paczki options in metro Detroit meaning it’s easier than ever to indulge with a specific dietary need. From bacon topped to cannoli cream-filled to miso caramel with matcha, here are the twists to taste on Tuesday, March 1. Place an order ahead of time or plan to arrive early and wait in line on Paczki Day. These pastries won’t stick around for long. For traditional bakeries and flavors check out the classic paczki guide.

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The Apparatus Room

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The Apparatus Room’s pastry chef is preparing four different paczki flavors this year birthday cake, chocolate cream, mixed berry cheesecake, and key lime pie. Place orders by emailing arreservations@detroitfoundationhotel.com or call. The cost is $3 per paczek or $15 per half dozen.

Rolais Caribbean Baking co.

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This vegan doughnut brand is offering three styles of paczki in 2022 including strawberry-mango, brown “not” butter vanilla, and lemon. The company’s paczki are available at the Rivertown and Woodward Corners Meijers as well as at the Livonia shop. Pre-orders for pick-up at Livonia can be placed online.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

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Now with its very own production kitchen, Pietrzyk Pierogi is accepting online pre-orders for 2022 now through Saturday, February 26. In addition to classic flavors like raspberry and blueberry alongside wilder options like strawberry-jalapeno and horseradish-orange marmalade. They’re $26 per dozen and orders must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 28.

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Rose's Fine Food

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Charming East Jefferson diner Rose’s Fine Foods makes its divine paczki with potato batter. For 2022, the paczki are available in flavors like blueberry jam with violet glaze and matcha custard with miso caramel. Drop in on Fat Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. to scoop one up. They’re first come, first served.

Ochre Bakery

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Ochre Bakery’s pre-orders are closed but the Core City cafe will have a few paczki loose for walk-ins starting at 7 a.m. on Fat Tuesday. Flavors for 2022 include tiramisu, banana cream pie, strawberry jam, and lemon curd.

Yum Village

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A new entrant to the field in 2022, Yum Village is infusing paczki with Afro-Caribbean flavors such as yam cream, plantain-stuffed, kuli-kuli cream, and hibiscus cream with a hibiscus glaze. Orders can be placed online for pickup.

New Palace Bakery

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Consider New Palace ground zero for Paczki Day. For many Fat Tuesday revelers it’s the place to get those plump Polish pastries. The shop offers just about every flavor under the sun and is adding Centennial Brew coffee-flavored buttercream to its roster for 2022 in honor of Hamtramck’s 100th anniversary. This shop (like many Polish bakeries) is already selling — and shipping — paczki. Pre-orders for the official Paczki Day are strongly recommended and lines are guaranteed, so get there early. The doors typically open around 3 a.m.

Small's

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Take a locally-made Hamtramck paczek, fill it with flavored alcohol (blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, etc.) and add a straw — that’s the simple, boozy recipe for an annual Small’s bar tradition called the Paczki Bomb. The alcohol-infused pastries are available beginning at 10 a.m. and sell out quickly, so get there early and prepare for day drinking. Small’s requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the visit for entry.

Lazybones Smokehouse

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If Fat Tuesday is all about indulging in vices, than Lazy Bones in Roseville has the right idea. A fried paczek is covered in creamy maple glaze and topped with the restaurant’s specialty — pig candy bacon. Pre-orders are strongly recommended. Pick-up a dozen plain for $38 or custard-filled for $44 or purchase singles for $3.50 (plain) to $4 (custard). For 2022 the paczki are available starting Friday, February 25, Saturday, February 26, and on Paczki Day when the doors open at 7 a.m. with Phat Polish Paczki breakfast sandwiches featuring fried chicken, bacon, fried egg, and cheddar on a maple bacon paczek.

Tringali's Bakery

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Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

SugarBuzz Bakery

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Pre-orders are now closed for Sugarbuzz Bakery’s vegan paczki, but customers can take a chance and drop in for Mardi Gras. Customers must purchase a minimum of six paczki, which honestly would you buy less?

Gran Castor

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Union Joints restaurant group is bringing creatively flavored paczki to Gran Castor and Honcho including a praline pastry cream with chocolate ganache, croquant, and candied hazelnuts called Design Team Delight and a raspberry filled with Cocoa Pebbles, espresso powder, and shaved chocolate dubbed Maintainance break. Orders can be placed online up until 9 p.m. on Friday, February 25. A four-pack costs $15.

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2020’s paczki flavors.
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Gluten Free Specialties

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Folks who can’t eat gluten deserve paczki too. That’s where Gluten Free Specialties comes in. While the shop is done accepting orders for 2022, customers can drop in and fight the crowds for a box of their flavor of choice on Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1. Look out for flavors like custard, vanilla cream, lemon, and raspberry.

Give Thanks Bakery & Cafe

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For a lighter, breadier paczki check out Give Thanks Bakery & Cafe in Rochester and Detroit. The shop is slingin’ golden brown baked paczki this Fat Tuesday. Expect flavors like raspberry, lemon, Bavarian cream, and chocolate. Orders can be placed online for pickup.

Cantoro Italian Market

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Cantoro Italian Market in Plymouth infuses its plump and powdered sugar-dusted paczki with plenty of cannoli cream and tiramisu fillings. Paczki are currently available for walk-ins at the store and for pre-order.

Rumi's Passion

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Rumi’s Passion is known for its gluten-free and, often, dairy-free pastries and the shop is offering both for Paczki Day patrons with dietary restrictions and sensitive stomachs. Call to pre-order.

Chene Modern Bakery

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Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and more creative options like strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities. The doors open at 5 a.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Iversen's Bakery

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Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as the famed cannoli cream.

Sugarr Donuts

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Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream. The cost is $3.25 per paczek, $18 for a half-dozen, and $33 per dozen. Drop in starting at 6 a.m. or call in an order.

Promenade Artisan Foods

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Promenade Artisan Foods is back this Mardi Gras season with croissant-paczki hybrids fondly called craczki. The French twist on the Polish treat is stuffed with a choice of Boston creme brulee or pomegranate-lemon filling. Purchase four craczki for $16. Call ahead to place an order for pickup.

The Apparatus Room

The Apparatus Room’s pastry chef is preparing four different paczki flavors this year birthday cake, chocolate cream, mixed berry cheesecake, and key lime pie. Place orders by emailing arreservations@detroitfoundationhotel.com or call. The cost is $3 per paczek or $15 per half dozen.

Rolais Caribbean Baking co.

This vegan doughnut brand is offering three styles of paczki in 2022 including strawberry-mango, brown “not” butter vanilla, and lemon. The company’s paczki are available at the Rivertown and Woodward Corners Meijers as well as at the Livonia shop. Pre-orders for pick-up at Livonia can be placed online.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Now with its very own production kitchen, Pietrzyk Pierogi is accepting online pre-orders for 2022 now through Saturday, February 26. In addition to classic flavors like raspberry and blueberry alongside wilder options like strawberry-jalapeno and horseradish-orange marmalade. They’re $26 per dozen and orders must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 28.

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Rose's Fine Food

Charming East Jefferson diner Rose’s Fine Foods makes its divine paczki with potato batter. For 2022, the paczki are available in flavors like blueberry jam with violet glaze and matcha custard with miso caramel. Drop in on Fat Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. to scoop one up. They’re first come, first served.

Ochre Bakery

Ochre Bakery’s pre-orders are closed but the Core City cafe will have a few paczki loose for walk-ins starting at 7 a.m. on Fat Tuesday. Flavors for 2022 include tiramisu, banana cream pie, strawberry jam, and lemon curd.

Yum Village

A new entrant to the field in 2022, Yum Village is infusing paczki with Afro-Caribbean flavors such as yam cream, plantain-stuffed, kuli-kuli cream, and hibiscus cream with a hibiscus glaze. Orders can be placed online for pickup.

New Palace Bakery

Consider New Palace ground zero for Paczki Day. For many Fat Tuesday revelers it’s the place to get those plump Polish pastries. The shop offers just about every flavor under the sun and is adding Centennial Brew coffee-flavored buttercream to its roster for 2022 in honor of Hamtramck’s 100th anniversary. This shop (like many Polish bakeries) is already selling — and shipping — paczki. Pre-orders for the official Paczki Day are strongly recommended and lines are guaranteed, so get there early. The doors typically open around 3 a.m.

Small's

Take a locally-made Hamtramck paczek, fill it with flavored alcohol (blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, etc.) and add a straw — that’s the simple, boozy recipe for an annual Small’s bar tradition called the Paczki Bomb. The alcohol-infused pastries are available beginning at 10 a.m. and sell out quickly, so get there early and prepare for day drinking. Small’s requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the visit for entry.

Lazybones Smokehouse

If Fat Tuesday is all about indulging in vices, than Lazy Bones in Roseville has the right idea. A fried paczek is covered in creamy maple glaze and topped with the restaurant’s specialty — pig candy bacon. Pre-orders are strongly recommended. Pick-up a dozen plain for $38 or custard-filled for $44 or purchase singles for $3.50 (plain) to $4 (custard). For 2022 the paczki are available starting Friday, February 25, Saturday, February 26, and on Paczki Day when the doors open at 7 a.m. with Phat Polish Paczki breakfast sandwiches featuring fried chicken, bacon, fried egg, and cheddar on a maple bacon paczek.

Tringali's Bakery

Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

SugarBuzz Bakery

Pre-orders are now closed for Sugarbuzz Bakery’s vegan paczki, but customers can take a chance and drop in for Mardi Gras. Customers must purchase a minimum of six paczki, which honestly would you buy less?

Gran Castor

A pile of paczki on a glass cake display.
2020’s paczki flavors.
Union Joints

Union Joints restaurant group is bringing creatively flavored paczki to Gran Castor and Honcho including a praline pastry cream with chocolate ganache, croquant, and candied hazelnuts called Design Team Delight and a raspberry filled with Cocoa Pebbles, espresso powder, and shaved chocolate dubbed Maintainance break. Orders can be placed online up until 9 p.m. on Friday, February 25. A four-pack costs $15.

A pile of paczki on a glass cake display.
2020’s paczki flavors.
Union Joints

Gluten Free Specialties

Folks who can’t eat gluten deserve paczki too. That’s where Gluten Free Specialties comes in. While the shop is done accepting orders for 2022, customers can drop in and fight the crowds for a box of their flavor of choice on Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1. Look out for flavors like custard, vanilla cream, lemon, and raspberry.

Give Thanks Bakery & Cafe

For a lighter, breadier paczki check out Give Thanks Bakery & Cafe in Rochester and Detroit. The shop is slingin’ golden brown baked paczki this Fat Tuesday. Expect flavors like raspberry, lemon, Bavarian cream, and chocolate. Orders can be placed online for pickup.

Cantoro Italian Market

Cantoro Italian Market in Plymouth infuses its plump and powdered sugar-dusted paczki with plenty of cannoli cream and tiramisu fillings. Paczki are currently available for walk-ins at the store and for pre-order.

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Rumi's Passion

Rumi’s Passion is known for its gluten-free and, often, dairy-free pastries and the shop is offering both for Paczki Day patrons with dietary restrictions and sensitive stomachs. Call to pre-order.

Chene Modern Bakery

Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and more creative options like strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities. The doors open at 5 a.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Iversen's Bakery

Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as the famed cannoli cream.

Sugarr Donuts

Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream. The cost is $3.25 per paczek, $18 for a half-dozen, and $33 per dozen. Drop in starting at 6 a.m. or call in an order.

Promenade Artisan Foods

Promenade Artisan Foods is back this Mardi Gras season with croissant-paczki hybrids fondly called craczki. The French twist on the Polish treat is stuffed with a choice of Boston creme brulee or pomegranate-lemon filling. Purchase four craczki for $16. Call ahead to place an order for pickup.

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