Where to Find Paczki in Columbus!

March 4, 2019

[Last updated 2/12/24. Scroll down for 2024 updates!]

That final Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the traditional start of Lent, goes by many names: Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, and… Paczki Day. For 2024, this falls on Tuesday, February 13.

Paczki (which is pronounced “PUNCH-key”) originated in eastern Europe, when observers of Lent needed to use up all the fun ingredients they would abstain from during the season, like butter, sugar, and lard. What better way to do that than mixing up balls of sugary dough and frying them?

Paczki are essentially giant, yeast-raised donuts, typically dusted with powdered sugar and filled with custard or jelly.

Although Columbus doesn’t have large eastern European roots (especially compared to, say, northeast Ohio), a few bakeries around town fry up paczki. Many grocery stores like Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Giant Eagle, or Marc’s offer them, but I encourage you to support small businesses instead. Here’s where to find them from local bakeries and restaurants in 2024!

Places with a strikethrough are unconfirmed for 2024.

Resch’s Bakery

Resch’s, serving up the good stuff on Livingston Avenue since 1912, is already offering paczki for 2024! They’ll be available through Mardi Gras. They suggest calling ahead or stopping in early, as they do sell out. They stuff their paczki with lemon, blueberry, strawberry, and custard.

Buckeye Donuts (Campus)

The campus location will have paczki starting around noon on the Monday before and throughout the day of Mardi Gras! They fry up apple, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, lemon, custard, and plain donuts.

Original Goodie Shop

The Goodie Shop in Upper Arlington is making paczki for Fat Tuesday and filling them with lemon, Bavarian cream, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and apricot. Here’s the key: you can pre-order them any day of the year; they’re only available for walk-up purchases on Mardi Gras itself.

Buckeye Donuts (South Side)

The Buckeye Donuts on the South Side confirmed by phone that they will have paczki this year on Fat Tuesday, the 13th. They’ll have custard, blueberry, and lemon flavors, but you can choose different fillings as well.

Rose Dough Donuts

Rose Dough Donuts, operating out of 1400 Food Lab, is doing pacazki again this year on Feb. 10 and 13 only. Pre-orders need to be placed through their site, and they seem to have sold out already!

Destination Donuts

Destination Donuts said they will be offering paczki this year (usually a vegan version), but as they’re closed Tuesdays, it won’t be on Fat Tuesday itself. Stay tuned for more info!

Kolache Republic

Kolache Republic has made some paczki already for 2024. We’ll see if they do it another weekend – stay tuned!

Sweet CLE-bus!

Sweet CLE-bus! is a storefront on Lazelle Road in Westerville, mainly operating as a purveyor of pierogi. But for Mardi Gras she’ll be serving paczki as well.

Pierogi Mountain

This Polish outpost downtown just announced they’ll be serving up vegan paczki to go with pierogis, goulash, and other delights today.

Whether you’re abstaining from sweets during Lent or you just need an excuse to get a donut, skip the grocery stores this Mardi Gras and visit a local bakery!

And if donuts aren’t your thing, order a king cake from a Columbus bakery!

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