By Charles Sercombe
Where are the best paczki?
The short answer is, Hamtramck, of course.
Just follow the paczki scent to these locations:
The most well-known bakery is New Palace at 9833 Jos. Campau. Folks wait up to three hours to get a dozen or more of these treats. You can beat the rush by buying your paczki starting this Sunday at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; then again on Monday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fat Tuesday, the bakery opens at 3 a.m. and goes until there is no more paczki.
One way to cut down on your wait is to call ahead and place an order. New Palace can be reached at (313) 875-1334.
New Martha Washington Bakery is saying the heck with it, and will do a marathon around-the-clock paczki sales starting on Monday at 5 a.m. and staying open through Tuesday until 8 p.m. They are also open this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It’s located at 10335 Jos. Campau, and you can call ahead at (313) 872-1988.
Off the beaten path a little bit is Family Donut at Conant and Caniff where there is a much shorter line but good paczki nonetheless.
Got a hankering for Polish food this weekend?
How about something kind of homey and one-of-a-kind Hamtramck experience?
Holy Cross Church will be serving up a “Pre-Lenten Paczki Breakfast” on Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 5-10 years old and kids under 4 years old can eat for free.
The church is located at Pulaski and Fleming, and there is free parking across from the church.
If you are an early riser on Paczki Day, you can grab a power breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the Hamtramck Moose Lodge 1670 for a mere $5. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, kielbasa, biscuits, gravy, and you guessed it, paczki.
Oh, yeah, there is a cash bar if you want to get a head start on the party side of things. The fun goes until noon, and the Moose Lodge is located at 9421 Conant, just north of Holbrook.
March 1, 2019