Fat Tuesday is a big holiday in Detroit.
Every year we get to gorge ourselves on jelly or custard filled paczki’s (pronounced ‘poonch-keys’) on Fat Tuesday.
Our favorite place for paczki’s is New Palace Bakery (9833 Joseph Campau ave, Hamtramck, MI).
They have 35 different flavors of paczki, including a new Beer & Pretzels paczki for 2020.
There are numerous bakeries offering paczki’s and festivities going on in Hamtramck and Detroit on Fat Tuesday. Yes, you will have to wait in line wherever you go but trust us, it’ll be worth it, Kemosabe.
Have a delicious lunch or dinner at Polish Village Cafe (2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck). PVC is open 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Polish Village Cafe is CASH-ONLY.
Try the delicious home-made creamy dill pickle soup, kilebasa, pierogis, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage and dark Polish beer.
And be sure to check out the Annual Paczki Party @ P.L.A.V. Post #10 for one of the best Fat Tuesday parties in town! It is located at 11824 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck.
The PLAV Post features: 2 floors of fun, 2 bars. Live bands upstairs, DJ Chuck E downstairs all day. Polish kitchen serving Polish food. Paczki Eating contest at 12 noon. Don’t miss this party. All profit going to help disabled veterans.
What: Fat Tuesday Paczki Day!
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Where: New Palace Bakery (9833 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck)
Time: 3:00 a.m. – until they sell out!
Cost: single paczki ($1.75) or dozen paczki’s ($15.75)
If you find yourself in Downtown Detroit, head to American Coney Island (114 W. Lafayette St) for the infamous $5.00 Paczki Coney!
They open at 8:00 a.m.
Just do it!
Did You Know? There’s a Catholic Patron Saint for Pierogi’s?
Saint Hyacinth of Pierogi
Saint Hyacinth was a Polish Dominican priest and missionary born 1185 AD in the Castle of Lanka in southwestern Poland to a noble family.
He later travelled to Rome and witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic. He entered the first Dominican monastery in the city, and in 1220 he received the religious habit of the Order of Preachers from Saint Dominic himself.
He was then sent back to his homeland to establish the Dominican Order in Poland. He erected new monasteries throughout the country and spread the Faith.
Legends of his travels throughout Poland tell the story of his missionary visit to the village of Kościelec 22 miles north-east of Krakow in 1238. During his time there, an epic hailstorm destroyed the entirety of their crops and left the people in famine and poverty.
Hyacinth told them to pray to God that they may be saved from what would be certain starvation, and on the next day new crops rose from the Earth. To show their gratitude, the people treated the saint to fresh pierogi made from the newly sprouted wheat.
Another legend tells of Hyacinth feeding people with pierogi during a famine caused by an invasion of Tatars in 1241.
An old-time saying in Poland arose from the tales of the saint’s assistance in dire times: “Święty Jacku z pierogami!” meaning Saint Hyacinth with Pierogi!