What's the Best Spot for Paczki in Royal Oak? You Said Hermann's Bakery

Last year, you said Hermann's Bakery was your favorite spot for doughnuts, bagels or — a Fat Tuesday favorite — paczki. What's your favorite spot for this Polish pastry?

Tuesday is Mardi Gras — or as it's better known around here, Fat Tuesday. And in Metro Detroit, that means one thing: pączki.

Sugar, eggs and fat are traditionally combined to create pączki, traditional Polish doughnuts filled with fruit or cream and dusted with powdered sugar or glazed.

The Polish tradition is to celebrate the last six days of Carnival, known as zapusty, beginning on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) when pączki (fried doughnuts) are eaten. In America, pączki can be found in bakeries on Fat Tuesday or Pączki Day, Feb. 12.

The baking and consumption of pączki began as a practical matter. Pączki were made as a way to use up the lard and eggs that were prohibited during the ancient observance of Lent. Now, they’re part of a last-minute binge on sweets before the sacrifice begins.

So what's the best spot to find paczki in Royal Oak? Last year, we asked Royal Oak Patch readers where you can find the . Thirty-four percent of you said Hermann's Bakery.

Other local favorites include:

  • Food Palace
  • Main Donut Shop
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Astoria Pastry Shop
  • Hermann's Bakery
  • Tim Hortons

What's your favorite spot to pick up paczki around Royal Oak? Let us know in the comments below!

Jodie Ellison February 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Love the paczki at Main Donut. We've been going there for years. Also, Holiday Market has chocolate mousse paczki (in addition to the more traditional flavors)...delicious and decadent.
Carolyn February 12, 2013 at 05:17 PM
The BEST Paczki place is The Apple Fritter Donut Shop in Ferndale also, the best place for all donuts!!!
Jan Smith February 12, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Hermann's is still the best for baked goods and their bread is unmatched anywhere. We drive 150 miles to buy a supply of Hermann's Bread. It is really that good. No one has ever matched their quality since the bakery was Dondero's. Lots of bakeries and sweet shops have come and gone and Hermann's remains.


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