It’s Gumbo and Paczki Time! Fat Tuesday in Chicago

Big Jones serves gumbo ya-ya, “It all begins with the roux, made in the traditional Cajun style, with our andouille sausage, chicken, pork, and aromatic Arkansas rice.” See the gumbo in my Tastemade video.

Shaw’s Crab House has seafood gumbo full of fish, okra and fresh vegetables.

Fat Willy’s Rib Shack’s comes with a side of corn bread or Texas toast to go with the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo.

Your sugar and fat fix will be satiated with Paczki (pronounced like PAWNCH-ki)! These Polish jelly filled doughnuts are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday. Here’s where you go to get them:

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Delightful Pastries is the go-to Polish bakery in Chicago. They have a variety of fillings and even some gourmet styles with alcohol so you can hit the fat, sugar and booze trifecta!

Weber’s Bakery Inc. is open 4am – 6pm on Fat Tuesday (regularly 4:30am open) and will have not only fresh paczki but King cake.

Swedish Bakery specializes in European sweets and will be offering paczki for this time of year in a few different flavors.

Dinkel’s Bakery have been around since 1922 and is a favorite in the neighborhood for paczki.

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