Where to Get Fastnachts and Paczkis in Philly on Fat Tuesday
February 13th in Philly is Fastnacht Day. Here's where to get yours.
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.
Beiler’s Donuts, Market East and University City
The Pennsylvania Dutch donut spots in Reading Terminal Market and on the Penn campus will be selling their traditional fastnachts tomorrow, along with dozens of their usual donut flavors.
The EAT Café, Powelton Village
Chefs Valerie Irwin and Margie Felton are offering not one but two types of fried goodness for Fat Tuesday: calas, a sugar-dusted New Orleans fritter made with cooked rice and spices that’s similar to a beignet, and Pennsylvania Dutch-style fastnachts. The café is closed on Tuesdays, but they’ll be open for preo-rder pickups of calas or fastnachts in dozens and half-dozens, with a half-and-half dozen option also available. Place your preorder here, or call the cafe at 267-292-2768.
Brauhaus Schmitz, South Street
At Philly’s destination for German cuisine, they start the fastnacht fun early, when Karneval begins (this year, that was February 8th). So you can get your fix of fried goodness tonight or tomorrow after 5 p.m.
Haegele’s Bakery, Mayfair
This third-generation, German-style bakery in the Northeast has been family-owned since 1930, and they still turn out fastnachts on Fat Tuesday every year. They’re selling fastnachts today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lines are long, so we recommend getting there early.
Stock’s Bakery, Port Richmond
This Lehigh Avenue bakery is famous for their pound cake, but they serve their sugar-dusted fastnachts and other donuts on what they call Donut Day.
Baltic Bakery, Port Richmond
Folks line up at this bakery for specialties like babka and crispy chrusciki on holidays, and Paczki Day is no exception. Get the jelly-filled Polish take on the Fat Tuesday treat tomorrow.