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Detroit -- best Polish bakeries for paczki?

I realize that Fat Tuesday is three weeks away, but I'm craving paczki already. Do the paczki at any of these Polish bakeries stand out? Or at any other Polish bakeries? Is it worth the drive to Hamtramck when I can just buy them at Kroger or Farmer Jack?

in Hamtramck:
New Deluxe Polish Bakery, 11920 Conant (at Eldridge) (313)892-8165
New Martha Washington Bakery, 10335 Joseph Campau, (313)872-1988
New Palace Bakery, 9833 Joseph Campau, (313)875-1334
New Polka Bakery, 9834 Conant, (313)873-7959
Polish Deli and Bakery, 12015 Joseph Campau, (313)365-3731

in Detroit:
West Warren Bakery, 15708 W Warren Avenue, (313)584-2746

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  1. for tradition's sake, i say you gotta make the trip to hamtramck for the real thing. go early to beat some of the crowds. many that work downtown stop on their way into the office. or you can cheat a little like my parents do and go down late monday night.

    my family has always gone to martha washington or oaza bakery & deli (11815 jos. campau).

    the next question is, what's your favorite? i am partial to lemon, rasberry, custard, and once in a while, prune.

    1. Thanks. Perhaps Paczki Day is more about the tradition than about the chow, and making the trip to Hamtramck is part of the tradition. It's like St. Patty's Day--I'll be getting my Guinness from Duggan's and not the Red Coat Tavern.

      Is Oaza still open? I heard they recently closed.

      1. If you're out Ann Arbor way, try Amadeus Polish restaurant on Washington. Excellent paczki on Fat Tuesday.

        http://arborwiki.org/city/Amadeus

        There is also a new Polish grocery in town called Copernicus, on S. Main. I would assume they're going to be trying to make a splash, or a bulge, or an infarction this year. Kitchen Chick has been raving about this place.

        Personally have always liked the prune ones. It seems to go well with the whole clean-out-the-cupboards concept of the dish.

        1. It's nice to see the Hamtramck love on this forum.

          Oaza has closed. Their building is currently listed at $350,000. Polish Deli and Bakery = Polish Market, which is now at the corner of Joseph Campau and Belmont.

          According to the paper this week,
          New Deluxe opens at 5 a.m. on Feb 20.
          New Martha Washington will be open from 5 a.m. on February 19 to 7 p.m. on February 20.
          New Palace will be open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on February 17 and February 19, and from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 20.

          Paczki from all three of those bakeries are worth the trip.

          1. Do any of these bakeries have a website? I'm in NYC, and even the most Polish of Polish bakeries here don't do the prune, apricot, etc. Red jelly is just not the same.

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            1. re: petersonnyc

              I'm wondering the same thing. I'm out of state and here people don't understand the difference between a paczki and a donut.

              I'm also wondering if they would be as good if they were ordered online. Do they hold up for a day or so? I don't know because I've always eaten them within a few moments of getting the box.

              1. re: rweater

                I don't think they'd ship well . . . buttery pastries tend to toughen up if they sit around. I think the Polish merchants in Hamtramck are pretty canny about mail-order (the Polish Art Center has a good website, for instance), and if this would work, somebody would have tried it.

                If you want a paczek (and to hear the proper singular form), come to Detroit for Paczki Day and stick around for Winter Carnival--they're building the giant snow slide and sled dog run as we write!

                1. re: Jim M

                  Yeah, I figured that they wouldn't ship well, but I figured it was worth asking. I'm not in a position to come to Detroit next week so I have to go another year without one.

            2. I'd be skipping the grocery stores but some of the specialty markets get them from Hamtramck. Vince & Joes (25 mile & Old Van Dyke) had them this evening and they looked very good.

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              1. re: Docsknotinn

                I vote for prune! I got some from Copernicus last year - she imports them to Ann Arbor from Hamtramck. If you are going to do it, make sure to call ahead and reserve them.