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Rene G | Feb 11, 200210:08 PM

Tomorrow is Paczki Day. I meant to ask this a little earlier but I guess it’s not too late: any recommendations for paczki (Polish filled donuts)?

I wouldn’t claim they are Chicago’s best but a couple years ago I had some good paczki from Ideal, an old Jefferson Park bakery that was closed for a while but reopened under new management. Reportedly they advertise often on Polish radio. Anyway, these were among the best ones I've had. Nearly greaseless with a nice substantial texture. Mine had a traditional prune filling (excellent, not too sweet) but they make many other varieties.

Last weekend I stopped at Kolatek's Bakery for some potato and rye bread (good, not great) and noticed they had a sign posted with all the paczki varieties and their prices (varies according to the filling). Quite a few varieties including prune and rose (another favorite of mine). They even had advocaat liqueur flavored paczki (the most expensive at $1). I might have to give them a try. By the way, it looks like Kolatek’s is up for sale.

Any other favorites?

Ideal Bakery
4765 N Milwaukee Av

Kolatek's Bakery
5405 S Kedzie Av

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