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Feb 9, 2011 12:08 PM

Where do I get paczkis in DC?

Used to live in an area with a lot of Polish folks running tasty bakeries and fat Tuesday meant delicious paczkis to stuff my face with. Anyone have any ideas?

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  1. I've never seen them here---only in Detroit. But they are deeeeelicious!

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Yeah I used to live in the Detroit metro area. I miss them. sniff sniff.

      1. re: Elyssa

        Me too!! My grandma used to get them at the Polish bakery in Detroit. I remember them being soooo delicious when I was younger. I've since moved to MD/PA. :-/ Miss the paczkis.

      2. The Kielbasa Factory in Rockville and interestingly, Giant has had them advertised in their flyer (I'd call first because I'd bet not all of them carry, and probably only this time of year)

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        1. re: monavano

          There are boxes of paczki in my Giant which is near Annandale, so that is a last resort, I suppose, if you can't find fresh-made. (I want to buy some, but the nutrition facts on the box scare me.)

          1. re: monavano

            Yeah, I saw that, but a.) it was from 2008 so I didn't know if those places are still around, also, as much as I love paczkis, I'm not going to drive to Bmore just to get them.

            ...but maybe I will?

            ...I'll probably just get stale ones from Giant. #solazy

            1. re: SandyCat

              Since I was thinking of going to Trenton for paczki, Balmer doesn't sound so bad but I don't know where to go. Where would you go to get them? They must be fresh not frozen. And a few handmade pirogies wouldn't be bad either. I've been disappointed by the kielbasa factory the few times I've tried it compared to what I could get in Jersey so I'm willing to drive.

          2. Just got this newsletter from The Kielbasa Factory in Rockville:

            March 3rd - Tłusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday is celebrated in Poland on the preceding Thursday before Ash Wednesday.

            March 8th - Pączki Day or Fat Tuesday is celebrated in the USA on the day before Ash Wednesday.

            We will have Pączki and Chruściki (Angel Wings) on both days.

            We are accepting orders for both Pączki Days.

            For March 3, 2011 - orders need to be placed before 2pm on Wednesday - March 2, 2011.

            For March 8, 2011 - orders need to be placed before Monday - February 28, 2011.

            To place order, please call us at 240-453-9090.

            [I think they cut and pasted the dates backwards, but I'm copying directly from the newsletter]

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              1. re: SandyCat

                The Giant Eagle stores in Frederick had piles of them in the bakeries.

              2. re: DanielK

                Just an update for those who are interested regarding Paczkis from Kielbasa Factory:

                The dates in the email are NOT wrong; they do want people to place Fat Tuesday orders THIS SUNDAY, 2/27 and they close on Sunday at 3:30p so get your orders in if you want.

                Paczkis sold individually: $1.25/ea
                Angel wings sold by what I'm told is a generous box: $5.99/box

                Woohoo! Fresh pastries! (Sorry flavrmeistr... I'd rather have fresh-ish ones than older ones shipped from who knows where)

                1. re: SandyCat

                  They're not "shipped in". They're baked in the store. Whether they're "the best", I couldn't say. They look like jelly donuts to me. I just came from Cleveland and they have them in the Giant Eagle up there as well. They also had pierogies and fried walleye in the deli. Man, was I tempted.

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    Didn't mean to rile up any fans of the Giant Eagle! I've just found that even in MI, where there's a huge Polish population and everyone's heard of paczkis, the grocery store versions are always stale, dry, unsatisfying, and over-filled. They just don't taste like a real paczki. Not sure if that's an authenticity or freshness thing.

                    In case anyone's wondering, here's an explanation from a different forum of the difference between jelly donuts and paczkis:
                    "paczki are not simply glorified donuts. They're supposed to be richer (all those extra eggs and butter to use up!), not that sweet (that's what the fillings, glazes and powdered sugar are for), and definitely more plump than regular jelly donuts or bismarks. Those things you find in supermarkets aren't paczki but simply a crass attempt to cash in on the real thing. Stick with your favorite corner bakery for best results!"

                    Also, the Serious Eats (am I allowed to post links from them on here?) take on paczkis:

                    AAAAAAnd just for good measure, here's wikipedia's take:

                    Power to the paczki. My boyfriend has some family in the area and we're all getting together on Fat Tuesday to do it up Polish style (we couldn't get together on Thursday). We've ordered paczkis and angel wings, and on top of that, I can't wait for all the awesome sour cream dishes we're going to consume!

              3. On Rockville Pike, across the street from BedBathBeyond and HHCraig, behind Mio Rancho and Yetka restaurants, is a very small strip mall. In the center is Joes Noodle House. Two doors down is a polish food shop. I was there today and saw probably a half-dozen varieties of paczkis. I don't recall if any were fresh (ie not frozen), but many knishes, blintzes, etc were all home-made, fresh, and laid out on top of the display case. Great sausage case. Homemade pickles and salads. And a whole refrigerator section of home-made things with descriptions written in polish.

                Mio Restaurant
                1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                1. re: Pappy

                  I think that store is "European Delight", Pappy, and they're more than just Polish.

                  Our Polish and Ukranian au pairs used to go there occasionally, but said that Kielbasa Factory was better for Polish goods.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    Yes, I thought it seemed to be mostly Russian. Interesting selection of merchandise. Figurines and various other non-food household items.

                2. Update: Got pazcki, didn't get angel wings (not sure what happened, i sent a family member to pick them up, maybe they ran out?). They were awesome!! Fluffy and delicious. Also had some kielbasa with sauerkraut, potatoes, and beets and a lot of pierogi with sour cream and onions. Most all the food was from the Kielbasa Factory, and it was awesome! Recommend.

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                  1. re: SandyCat

                    So glad you liked it. That's a charmer of a store.