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Returning to a South Side Staple: Dat Donut

14 Jan

As we enter this new Donut Year, we find ourselves glancing backwards through our past journeys for inspiration.  Upon further reflection, we realize we have not yet scored some tried-and-true Donut Meccas.

You see, Dear Readers, scattered around the South Side of Chicago lie some of the best donut shops in the city.  In fact, they’re quite likely some of the best donut shops in the greater Chicagoland area, if not the entire Midwest (here at Breakfast Adventures we’re not afraid to make drastic Donut Statements).  Old Fashioned Donut, Abundance Bakery, and Dat Donut are a few to name.

It was the third of these we decided to return to this morning and re-evaluate.

Dat Donut from outside: It don't look like much.

Dat Donut, also sometimes called Dat Old Fashioned Donut, is known on a national level for delivering good, fried, down-and-dirty donuts.  We visited them once before but returned this morning to examine their offerings more critically and assign them a ranking.

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Taking the Time to Bake it Right: Beverly Bakery

15 Oct

In this fast-paced modern age in which we live, it’s important to remember a Donut Truism: Always leave yourself time to stop and smell the frying oil.

Similarly, it never hurts to have your eyes peeled for bakeries when you are driving places.

We’ve been near Beverly Bakery in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood several times, but only recently did we notice it and make a plan to take action.  This Saturday, we acted on that plan.  (Special thanks to Angela for the tip-off.)

The place was warm and inviting upon entering.  Beverly Bakery actually specializes in house-roasting many different varieties of coffee (spoiler alert: the coffee is delicious), and it was clear that a great amount of care is put into all aspects of the operation.

After ordering a quick dozen donuts, we returned to the Donut Mobile for taste analysis.  Here’s what we found:

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The South Side Continues Its Flavor Domination: Abundance Bakery

19 Mar

As we continue our Donut Expeditions, we have noticed a geographical trend.  Something about the South Side of Chicago lends itself to great donut shops (see our Donut List for write-ups).

This morning, we returned to the South Side and paid a visit to Abundance Bakery, an unassuming hole-in-the-wall kind of shop run by a truly friendly man called Uncle Villy.  Despite its small stature, Abundance served up big flavor, including an apple fritter the size of a throw pillow and the best jelly donut we’ve ever had.

Here’s what we found:

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More tastiness on the South Side: Dat Old Fashioned Donut

5 Feb

When we first ventured into the South Side of Chicago a few weeks back to go to Old Fashioned Donuts, we knew we would be returning fairly soon to check out a similar spot.

Often mentioned in the same breath as Old Fashioned Donuts, Dat Old Fashioned Donut is a bit of a hike, but is just the kind of journey worth making if one is seeking some tasty pastries.

Here’s what we found:

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Heaven on the South Side: Old Fashioned Donuts

15 Jan

Donuts are like the hot dogs of the pastry world.  You don’t need any fancy trappings to get to the heart of donut quality.  It’s all about freshness, which we found by the box at Old Fashioned Donuts on the South Side of Chicago.  From classics (chocolate frosted donuts) to interesting new pastries (glazed croissants), we were more than satisfied.

Here’s what we found:

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