Paczki in the Bay Area
February 23, 2017 9:54 AM   Subscribe

Help me find Paczki in the Bay Area; Fat Tuesday is coming up and I'd love to find a place to buy a dozen of these jelly-filled fried balls of dough. (Alternatively let me know your best recipe so I can recreate my own if I have to)

Backstory, my girlfriend and I moved from Chicago a few years ago, and they were a favorite of hers. In Chicago we clearly never had a hard time finding them this time of year, but clearly the Bay Area is a different beast. We live mid-peninsula, so far north or east wouldn't likely work, but I'm happy to go a decent distance to procure them if necessary.
posted by Carillon to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife made this recipe and they were AMAZING. Outside of getting comfortable with having a vessel full of oil, it was surprisingly easy to make. Make a bunch. Give them to friends.
posted by Karaage at 10:05 AM on February 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

The Polish Club of SF says 'It's hard to find real pączki in the SF Bay Area. However, there is something similar, that Jewish people call "sufganiyot."'

It goes on to list these places. I can confirm Saul's in Berkeley regularly has sufganiyot.
Try Saul's Deli and/or Neto Caffe.

It is possible that Cinderella Bakery bakes pączki in Lent.

The Seakor Deli in San Francisco may bake pączki. You could try them, too.

We’re not sure if Esther's has anything similar, but try!
posted by zippy at 10:16 AM on February 23, 2017

Oh sorry, brain error, Saul's has sufganiyot around Hannukah. Donut Savant in Oakland (near 19th and B'Way) regularly has sufganiyot and all sorts of other freshly made donut and donut-like pastries.
posted by zippy at 10:34 AM on February 23, 2017

Malasadas and paczki are pretty much the same.
posted by BibiRose at 11:42 AM on February 23, 2017

Try Donut Savant in downtown Oakland by 19th St BART. I saw sufganiyot there one year around Hannukah, so I wouldn't be surprised if they made paczki.
posted by Smearcase at 12:12 PM on February 23, 2017

This paczki map for Michigan expats worked for me in Boston last year. Its Bay Area suggestions are Seakor Polish Delicatessen and Sausage Factory in SF and Doughnut Dolly in Oakland/Berkeley/SF.

Doughnut Dolly's Twitter confirms presence of paczki today.
posted by teditrix at 3:41 PM on February 23, 2017

Donut Dolly is no more as of last week. All locations closed :(
posted by zippy at 11:51 PM on March 22, 2017

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