If you've never heard of pączki, then you're probably not from Chicago or Detroit, cities where Fat Tuesday also means Pączki Day. The Polish doughnut is something like a berliner or a bismark, but is traditionally made with an even richer dough. In cities with a large Polish population, they're kind of a big deal -- especially on Pączki Day.
Unfortunately for ex-Midwesterners, they're relatively hard to find in town. The good new is we know where you can get your fix.
Liberty Market pastry chef LaDawn Driscoll will be making three different types of pączki this year at the Gilbert restaurant. Diners will have their choice of lemon curd, vanilla bean custard, or raspberry jam fillings.
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The restaurant will be accepting pre-orders for a dozen or more pączki, now through Sunday night. A dozen pączki costs $33 and orders can be placed by calling 480-892-1900.
If you're looking to pick up any less than 12, then you'll have to head to the bakery on Tuesday morning. The restaurant will be selling them for $3 each starting at 7 a.m. until they run out.
For your other Fat Tuesday needs, we already told you about three places taking orders for Mardi Gras king cakes. And if you're looking for one more, try Honey Moon Sweets in Tempe. The bakery is still taking orders and can make king cakes in sizes from individual ($3.50) to half sheets ($75).