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thanks! i heard about hamtramck or however you spell it and i have always wanted to try pierogis. i'm into other dumplings but have never tried the polish version.

Whoo hooo! A place to tide me over between Hamtramck pilgrimages.

Excellent! We go to Hamtramck all the time, but to have an option closer to Ypsi is great indeed. Thanks for the heads-up.

If you really want to blow them away--one paczek, two (or more) paczki.

Guy: thanks for the Polish language lesson.

RobynT: you can also order a pierogi dinner at Amadeus.

Kate & Brian: I'm thinking it might be a good idea to talk to them about Fat Tuesday orders. So what are your favorite bakeries in Hamtramck?

I was in By The Pound on Monday, and the owner of BTP had just gone over to check them out. I didn't realize they weren't actually open at the time. My dad is half Polish, I'll have to check it out next time I'm there just to be true to my roots! :^) [even if the closest thing we ever got to Polish food was mass market grocery store kielbasa... maybe this can make up for it!]

Managed to check out the deli yesterday. I loved the different sausages, and really feel like I have only scratched the surface. There is a real subtlety in Polish sausage and they do well to represent many different approaches. Still don't know what to do with all the prepackaged food -- some translations for the packaging might be nice. Still, looking forward to exploring...

Ahhh, but of course it would open after I leave A2... *sigh*

Thanks for the update!

Witam! Chcialabym pogratulowac dobrze prosperujacego interesu :)
Znalazlam ta strone przez przypadek, poniewaz szukam swoich przodkow :) Pochodze z Lubina (80km od Legnicy),a obecnie mieszkam w Irlandii i doskonale zdaje sobie sprawe co oznacza tesknota za polska kuchnia (zwlaszcza za paczkami). Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze sukcesow.

I'm so glad I saw you writing about this on Arbor Food yahoo group. I called my grandmother up (Polish) and we made a morning out of shopping. Hit Randazzo's for produce and then stopped here on our way home. Such NICE people. Teresa was there this morning and was so nice to my almost 4 year old and 19 month old. Let us sample some things as well. My grandmother was tickled pink at the stuff they had there and bought a few different items from the deli case as well as some farmer's cheese she wanted to try. Some Polish dark rye bread (with caraway seeds) as well. She was SO excited. We will definitely be back!

"In addition to a paczek, we tried a bread stuffed with a poppy seed filling (yum),"

!!! If this is what I'm picturing, this is at *every* family Christmas. I don't remember what it's called, but I love the stuff. It's a roll, right? If you cut it cross-wise, there's a spiral poppy-seed central filling, yes?

Definitely need to check this place out now. Thanks, Kitchen Chick!

I am gonna try this place out this week. I moved to AA from Chicago about 7 years ago, and haven't found any good Polish restaurants / delis since then.
Hamtramack places are so-so.(under the eagle is the best)
I suppose nothing is as good as homemade though...

You have to visit this place! I have been a regular since they opened. The cold cuts and cheeses are out of this world and not expensive. The breads are great. Elisabeth and Teresa make you feel at home and will gladly help with the Polish pronunciations. Be adventurous when you visit the deli. Lots of meats that are not familiar but are outstanding. Try some!

Great food! It's great to have some good polish food close to home!

This is the only place in the area that offers authentic Polish food!! I'm very happy there's somewhere closer than Hamtramck to go to! The store is always clean and staff is very friendly and helpful. :)

Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck is great. I can't wait to come out to Copernicus.

"bread stuffed with a poppy seed filling" is called makowiec :)

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