It wouldn’t be Fat Tuesday without a paczki (pronounced "poonch-key"), the eggy, yeasty and round Polish pastry. In Poland, Paczki Day is tradtionally Fat Thursday, the Thursday before Fat Tuesday, and this year that falls on February 12. But lots of bakeries are offering them through Fat Tuesday and beyond. Here’s where to find everything from traditional fillings to boozy paczki.
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Where to find paczki
The Evanston bakery is known for its paczki-eating contest, held February 14, but you don’t have to participate to indulge in the Polish treat. Paczki flavors include prune, apricot, cheese, raspberry, custard and apple. More elaborate paczki include fresh banana cream, praline chocolate mousse and fresh strawberry with whipped cream.Read more
This 35-year-old South Side favorite will be selling paczki for Fat Tuesday, but they go fast, so call ahead to place your order. You can get the custard, strawberry and raspberry jelly anytime, so this time of year, try the 16 other varieties, including apricot, peach and pineapple, made just for this week.