Where to Get Fastnachts and Paczkis in Philly on Fat Tuesday


For some folks, tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday — so named because you’ve got to use up the eggs and butter in the house before Lent starts on Wednesday. Whether or not you give up any goodies for Lent, Fat Tuesday in Philadelphia means fastnacht, the donut-like Pennsylvania Dutch solution to this problem.

In the city’s historically Polish neighborhoods, it means paczki (pronounced “push-key”), which are filled, sugar-dusted rounds similar to a jelly donut. And this year, one Philadelphia restaurant is even serving calas, a New Orleans take on the fried dough delicacy that’s made with leftover rice. Read on to find out where to get your Fat Tuesday treats tomorrow.


Photo Credit: Haegeles Bakery

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