West Warren Baking Company

Detroit's Authentic Polish "Paczki"

West Warren Baking Company is a family-owned bakery that’s been in business for more than 55 years. Located in Detroit, near a neighborhood historically full of Polish immigrants and Polish-Americans called Hamtramck, the bakery is one of a few still making authentic Polish paczki—their signature item. Pronounced “poonch-key”, Paczki are donut-like pastries with a sweet filling, often jelly or custard.

Legend goes, the recipe began just before the Catholic Lenten season began, when lard, sugar and eggs are forbidden. Paczki is what the bakers made when they had to do something with all the leftover fat and sugar! In this part of the country, Fat Tuesday is known as Paczki Day, and people go a little nuts, lining up outside their favorite bakeries at 7am to be sure to get their once-a-year treat before it sells out.

We're not the only ones who love them!

The lines wrap around the bakery on Paczki day. West Warren has been included in practically every Best Paczki list, from Eater to CBS Detroit.

West Warren Baking Company

Detroit's Authentic Polish "Paczki"

West Warren Baking Company is a family-owned bakery that’s been in business for more than 55 years. Located in Detroit, near a neighborhood historically full of Polish immigrants and Polish-Americans called Hamtramck, the bakery is one of a few still making authentic Polish paczki—their signature item. Pronounced “poonch-key”, Paczki are donut-like pastries with a sweet filling, often jelly or custard.

Legend goes, the recipe began just before the Catholic Lenten season began, when lard, sugar and eggs are forbidden. Paczki is what the bakers made when they had to do something with all the leftover fat and sugar! In this part of the country, Fat Tuesday is known as Paczki Day, and people go a little nuts, lining up outside their favorite bakeries at 7am to be sure to get their once-a-year treat before it sells out.

We're not the only ones who love them!

The lines wrap around the bakery on Paczki day. West Warren has been included in practically every Best Paczki list, from Eater to CBS Detroit.