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where to find paczki in san diego?

It's almost Fat Tuesday and as a Detroit native I'm wondering: Where to find the best (or any) Paczkis in San Diego.

thanks in advance!

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  1. They don't make PaƧzki in San Diego, nor celebrate the day (which is March 8 this year) the way they do in Detroit(I'm from the West Side). I just buy jelly donuts at Mary's in Santee.

    I do see Hot Cross Buns at Vons, Henry's and Panera though...the 40 days of no fat/fried sweets.

    1. WE ARE ALSO FROM THE DETROIT AREA--THIS 6TH LARGEST CITY HAS NO POLISH RESTAURANTS OR BAKERIES---THE CLOSEST WE HAVE FOUND IS A POLISH FESTIVAL AT A CHURCH IN PACIFIC BEACH--ON THOSE 2 DAYS THEY BRING IN FOOD FROM CHICAGO!

      LOTS OF POLISH PEOPLE --NO FOOD

      IF YOU FIND A RESTAURANT LET US KNOW---WE MISS THE "POLISH VILLAGE CAFE" IN HAMTRAMCK MICHIGAN

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      1. re: mr.polish

        Not much of a Polish population out here, mr.polish.

        I go to Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, a German grocery and meat store with an attached restaurant where you order and pay, find a seat and then they call and you pick up your plates. Side dishes of potaotes and kraut (red or white or both). Homemade sausage (they have their own smokehouse).

        It's as close as I can get to some good food memories...I am from the West side:Polish/German/Russian.

        1. re: mr.polish

          There is a Polish church on Grand, in PB. You may want to visit and ask, they have a festival every year so, they may have info on where to find some of your favorite items.

          1. re: cstr

            Yes, but not like in Detroit.

            Handmade pierogi out here are not in any restaurant, but from someone's home, same with smoked sausage and kapusta (saurkraut cooked with onions, bacon, dried Polish mushrooms). People sometimes make and have it at the International House in Balboa Park.

            Some German and Russian places offer a close approximation. The Russian Orthodox church (you can see it just East when on the 805 going North from the 8) sometimes has people selling food from the basement- sausages, piroshki and sweet poppyseed roll cakes.

            Polish sausage is made, smoked and sold at Seisel's and Iowa Meat Farms as well as Tip Top Meats. It is different than Hillshire Farms, similar, but not the same as at the corner grocers in the old neighborhood. Nothing really is. Same with a good loaf of rye bread.

            Paczki, today, are given away free at the Banks and lobbies of grocery stores in Metro Detroit. There are dozens in every office. It is just the smaller Polish/Catholic "Fat Tuesday" celebration.

            There just isn't the Polish population or craving for that kind of tradition or homestyle food out here.

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            Balboa Park
            1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101

          2. re: mr.polish

            Hey mr.polish, turn off the caps lock on your computer, please.

            1. re: bizzwriter

              MAZURKA IN PB----- OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!!!!!

                1. re: bizzwriter

                  The only Polish restaurant that I can think of is Warszawa up in Santa Monica. Can't comment on the food but my mom and her elderly Polish (by way of Chicago) friends like it.

                  1. re: littlestevie

                    Good food there, yes, but very different mood and atmosphere. Prices much higher in reflection of the atmosphere.

                    At Polish Village Cafe, a family of four can get out for less than $25, including the tip.