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Its the Super Bowl of Food! Paczki Day, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras are all on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
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Today is Paczki Day, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras all wrapped up into one glorious day.
You have only one rule to remember:
Paczki is plural. As in, “I will eat at least 12 Paczki today.” That’s more than one.
If you’re eating just one, and we’re not sure how that’s possible, then you’re eating a Paczek. That’s singular.
Other than that, there are no rules.
Today is like Super Bowl Sunday, where anything goes.
“We’ve been pushing for pre-orders for like three weeks because we wanted to get out ahead of it,” said Andrew Gauthier at , who expects to sell several thousand Paczki today (Feb. 16, 2021) when his stores in East Lansing and Williamston, Michigan, open at 7 a.m.
From East Lansing to Detroit and from Grand Rapids to the Upper Peninsula, every small town bakery and even popular grocery store and gas station chains will be selling Paczki by the hundreds and thousands.
“And absolutely no calories, we take them all out,” joked Greg Sochocki of Butter Crust Bakery in Bridgeport .
, including many school closings, so be careful if you’re going to be out and about to purchase your Paczki.
Look below for some of the places where you can celebrate Paczki Day, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras in Michigan:
At Sweetwater’s Donut Mill in Kalamazoo, general manager Tricia Garner said the team has lost count of how many paczki were made for pre-orders, but estimates bakers make 360 in each batch, churning out one batch per hour. They will sell them all day long at its two Kalamazoo locations, as well Plainwell and Battle Creek.
Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck, one our picks for , debuted a new creation this year – a Perogi-Paczki. They already make potato and cheese, cheeseburger, pepperoni pizza and chicken pot pie, so why not a Paczki? They are available for three for $6 each. You can call 313-874-5726 or .
Other places in the area where you can get your paczki for Fat Tuesday are: in Hamtramck, in Hamtramck and in Livonia.
Washtenaw County Paczki
Dom Bakeries, DJs Bakery, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Washtenaw Dairy are just some of the places you can visit. All have been on our visits for Best Doughnuts or Best Bakery. And all are so tasty.
Everyone in the Jackson area will be at , our winner of Michigan’s Best Doughnut in 2014. It’s usually closed on Tuesdays, but plans to be open from 5:15-10 a.m. on Paczki Day.
In addition, a new place is also getting in on the action with a long-time family recipe. is selling unfilled, as well as lemon- and raspberry-filled paczki all day.
You have so many great choices in Muskegon, including Goobers, Hodgepodge Bakeshop, Morat’s, Ryke’s Bakery.
in East Lansing and Williamston will have Paczki, Vegan Paczki, GF Cake Donuts and Vegan Cake Donuts on Fat Tuesday. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Barney’s BakeHouse in Bay City
The new Barney’s BakeHouse Bakery, 421 S. Van Buren St., opened this fall when Head Baker Jarrid Weighman moved his home bakery, formerly BakeHouse Bakery, into the storefront of the former Barney’s Bakery.
In this his video, Weighman explains how he uses a 90-year-old paczki recipe for his Fat Tuesday favorites.
Around the state
In a list we put together a couple years ago, all are still open this year.
Sandy’s Donuts in Grand Rapids opens from 5 a.m.-1 p.m. with eight flavors of Paczki.
Butter Crust Bakery in Bridgeport will open at 6 a.m. with these flavors: Plain, Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Cream, Cream Cheese, Custard, Lemon, Pineapple, Prune, Raisin, Raspberry and Strawberry.
Crust in Fenton opens at 7 a.m. with cream, lemon, raspberry and strawberry flavors.
Cops & Doughnuts opens in all of its locations around the state (Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Bay City and Clare) at 6 a.m. They will have eight flavors.
Huron Mountain Bakery in Marquette and Ishpeming open at 6 a.m. They will have 10 flavors.
Quality Dairy locations in Lansing have a .
Wesco Inc. and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in Muskegon teamed up for a Paczki Beer – RAD Raspberry Paczki, a light ale. It’s on sale now at all 54 gas station convenience stores in Michigan.
Pulled Pork Paczki.
Saddleback's Smoked pulled pork mixed with a blueberry bbq sauce, stacked on a Quality Dairy…
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Pulled Pork Paczki
As of late last night, Saddleback BBQ in Lansing and Okemos was allowing customers to pre-order a Pulled Pork Paczki: Saddleback’s smoked pulled pork mixed with blueberry bbq sauce and stacked on a Quality Dairy Paczki. It is finished with a drizzle of spicy honey. Cost is $9.99 each or six for $54.99. Pre-orders at . Look under “Fat Tuesday Specials.”
The history of Paczki
Looking for great Cajun cuisine for Mardi Gras? There are several great restaurants from across the state, including in Elk Rapids were we visited for a Michigan’s Best Day video a couple years ago. They have a special King’s Table menu all day on Tuesday.
And in Marquette has a big party planned with Molasses brined Fried Chicken and a “King Cake Cheesecake” dessert special. Yes, Hurricanes will be flowing. The full menu is available until 9 p.m. along with Brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Check out this list from 2019 for other ideas.
You’ll find Paczki at most of these great bakeries:
in Lake Odessa — our winner of Michigan’s Best Doughnut in 2020 — is opening at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, and selling a variety of Paczki.
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