Elisabeth Magiera and Teresa Chajec, owners of Copernicus European Delicatessen
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Thanks to a tip from a friend, Tuesday night we swung by the South Main Market to stop in at Copernicus European Delicatessen. We'd heard that they had paczki -- the real deal and not those jelly doughnuts pretending to be paczki -- from a bakery in Hamtramck (a Detroit-area city with a large Polish community). Coming from Hamtramck they had better be the real thing...
And they do have paczki. And the paczki are the real deal. And they have a whole lot more. Pierogi, breads, Polish meats (a truly dizzying array of Polish meats), canned goods, sweets... the place isn't huge, but the shelves are well-stocked.
And, as it happens, Tuesday was their first day open. We went back Wednesday for pictures and to try some bread and sausages. The meats are made by a Polish butcher (as in, by people who came over from Poland themselves) in Chicago. The pazcki and some of the other pastries come from Hamtramck. Chajec and Magiera bake their own bread from dinner rolls to multi-grain loaves on premises. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
In addition to a paczek, we tried a bread stuffed with a poppy seed filling (yum), an egg bread (also yum), and some small ciabatta bread rolls made on the premises (very nice, especially with butter). They are still experimenting with what breads their customers like best, and they're considering adding Russian black bread.
Joe sampled a number of the sausages and meats. They're good, and different from what you usually see around. He says more exploration is required.
We picked up some pierogis, stuffed cabbage rolls, and a bottle of pickled vegetables as a side salad and had a quick Polish dinner. We'll do Copernicus in more detail once they've been open for a while, but we had to let you know!
Copernicus European Delicatessen
617 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Monday through Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm