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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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County Donuts in Schaumburg: Part 2

8 Aug

It was a busy weekend, Dear Readers, for donut- and non-donut-related reasons.  Whereas normally we strive to bring a Fresh Report every Saturday morning, the events of the last 72 hours forced a delay-of-game.

Nevertheless, on this Monday morning we are happy to bring you Part 2 of our visit to County Donuts in Schaumburg, IL.

Two weeks ago, we visited County Donuts for the first time and were blown away.  We realized immediately that County Donut’s plethora of donut options warranted a two-part entry.  This past Saturday, we returned and tried several kinds we hadn’t had before.

Here’s what we found:

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Grocery Stores Continue to Deliver the Goods: Donuts at Dominick’s

9 Jul

Right now, we’re on a real grocery store kick.  After all, it’s a pretty safe bet that any substantial supermarket will have its own baked goods area.  And when you hear the words “baked goods area,” you’re never too far from some donuts.

So this week, we headed to Dominick’s, a supermarket staple in the Chicagoland area.  We had no idea what to expect (although we had done an initial Donut Scouting expedition to verify the presence of donuts), but we were happy to explore.

Here’s what we found:

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Ancona Bakery in Northlake: How dry is too dry?

21 May

When we’re en route to a donut shop, we like to keep our eyes peeled.  You never know when you’ll spot a bakery that warrants a visit.  This brings us to an important Pastry Rule: When you’re on your way to get donuts, don’t forget to be on the lookout for other places to get more donuts.  This is how we found Ancona Bakery.

On our way to Donut King Grill last week, we spotted this place right near the intersection of North Avenue and Wolf Road.  We made a mental note to return the following Saturday and check it out.

Here’s what we found:

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Blink and You Might Miss It: Donut King Grill in Melrose Park

14 May

One of the things we like about donuts is they bring us to places we might not check out otherwise.

Donut King Grill (a.k.a. Doughnut King & Grill if you’re doing a Google search) is a hole-in-the wall place, part diner and part bakery.  Located right near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Wolf in Melrose Park, IL, it’s the kind of place one might easily miss.  Fortunately, we had our Donut Binoculars handy and spotted it right away.

Here’s what we found:

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Bridgeport Bakery!

7 May

Some bakeries have enormous signs shouting for you to check them out (see, for example, the sign at Roeser’s Bakery).  Others are more modest, and you might need to have your Flavor Goggles on to spot key words like “pastries” and “fresh.”  Bridgeport Bakery, located in the up-and-coming Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, is such a place.

Luckily for Sugar Adventurers in this day and age, Google makes finding these places a little easier.  On site, a low-key storefront that looks like an unassuming two-flat gives way to a humble Pastry Den.  We were charmed by this bakery and happy for the chance to try its wares.

Here’s what we found:

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