Paczki are traditional Polish doughnuts and are a once-a-year delicacy, traditionally made by bakers trying to use up all their eggs and lard before Lent begins. The tradition is mainly a Midwest celebration, especially in Detroit, where Polish immigrants began flooding the area in the early 20th century.
Hamtramck, a city located within the boundaries of Detroit, is one of the largest Polish-American communities in the country and is widely recognized for its Paczki Day traditions, which include heated food and drink tens, live music and dancing.
Although Hamtramck is revered for its Paczki, it's not the only place where you can get the jelly or custard-filled Polish doughnut. Here are some of the best places to get a Paczki:
New Palace Bakery - 9833 Joseph Campau Ave in Hamtramck
New Martha Washinton Bakery, 10335 Joseph Campau Ave in Hamtramck
Family Donut Shop - 11300 Conant St in Hamtramck
American Polish Cultural Center - 2975 E Maple Rd in Troy
Knapp's Donut Shop - 500 N Main St in Rochester or 6057 Rochester Rd in Troy
The Looney Baker - 13931 Farmington Rd in Livonia
Donut Villa - 5875 Vernor Hwy in Detroit
Apple Fritter Donut Shop - 741 E 9 Mile Rd in Ferndale
Chene Modern Bakery - 17041 W Warren Ave, in Detroit
GM Paris Bakery - 28418 Joy Rd in Livonia
Donut Cutter - 28173 Woodward Ave in Berkley
Daily Dozen - 13599 E 9 Mile Rd in Warren, 32701 Woodward Ave in Royal Oak and 11331 15 Mile Rd in Sterling Heights.