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Happy holidays and a frosty new year from CG&DB!

24 Dec


Leonard’s: Stellar Service Somewhat Compensates for Drab Donut Offerings

19 Nov

Chicago Magazine ran an article on the very last page of a recent issue that caught our eye.

Since we’re always on the lookout for new Donut Haunts, we scanned the article for familiar names.  Dat Donut?  Check.  Weber’s Bakery?  Check.  Old Fashioned Donuts?  Check.

But then, jackpot!  A new name!  And this is how we wound up at Leonard’s Bakery in Northbrook, IL, this morning.  According to the Segal-Loevy family (our kindred spirits, pastry-wise), the chocolate frosted donut at Leonard’s is the best in Chicagoland.

Well!  We had to see for ourselves.  So we headed up to Northbrook.

Upon entering, we were dismayed.  Leonard’s only regularly stocks two kinds of donuts: the aforementioned chocolate frosting and a cinnamon cake donut.  And they bake their donuts, something we have not had good luck with before.  In fact, had it not been for Marc, we might have walked back out the door.

Marc outside Leonard's. He's the man.

After finding out we had traveled a good ways to come to Leonard’s, Marc gave us a free kiddush cake (see below), something we’ve never had before.  We also picked up both kinds of donuts and a few other pastries, and chatted with Mark for a while.

We’ll speak more on the great vibe at Leonard’s, but first —

Here’s what we found:

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Munchin’ On Some Munchkins: Let’s talk about donut holes

16 Jul

This week, we wanted to take a second to talk about donuts’ little brothers, donut holes.

A long time ago, some thrifty baker thought to him- or herself, “Hey, all these holes I’m cutting are leaving a lot of leftover scraps.  I should fry these, too!”  And thus, donut holes were born.

Someone with their Thinking Cap on decided to fry the holes, too.

In today’s Pastry Landscape, most people probably don’t get much farther than Dunkin’ Donuts when it comes to donut holes.  To be fair, donut holes are a lot harder to find.  Most donut shops we’ve been to, however fantastic, have not offered donut holes.  We decided to do a little Pastry Investigating (what we really do best) and see if we could turn up any alternatives.  It was hard work, but someone had to do it.

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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Weber’s Bakery: Legacy lacks flavor

18 Jun

This article was a great find!

A little while ago, we very happily stumbled upon an article on CBSChicago.com entitled “Best Bets for Donuts in Chicago.”  While we’d already been to some of the places it listed, several remained unexplored.  Since then, we’ve slowly been visiting each spot (see our List for all write-ups).

This week, we visited our final spot on CBS Chicago’s list: Weber’s Bakery on Archer Avenue.

We are thankful for Donut Research (and all too happy to do it), because it leads us to places like this.  Weber’s Bakery has apparently been around since 1930.  That’s some serious Donut Legacy (see also: Dinkel’s, Roeser’s) just begging to be investigated.

It was bustling when we stepped inside (always a good sign), and we happily ordered a dozen donuts before returning to the Donut Mobile for Taste Trials.

Here’s what we found:

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In front of you all the time: The pastry offerings at Starbucks and Caribou

4 Jun

An American relaxing at Starbucks

If you drink coffee and live in America, you’ve probably been into either Starbucks or Caribou within the past week.  If you’re like us, you might have noticed the small selection of pastries offered at either coffee place.

Our experiences with donut-eating told us that we were not likely to enjoy anything these stores had to offer.  Most likely, these pastries would prove stale-tasting and lackluster.  We were aware of this going in.

Nevertheless, in our quest to continue to provide Full Donut Coverage, we took it upon ourselves to sample the pastry offerings of these two Coffee Giants and report to you our findings.

Here’s what we found:

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Valentine’s Day at Dunkin’ Donuts: Good idea, but…

12 Feb

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Dunkin’ Donuts is well aware: The national donut giant recently rolled out four new flavors for the season, in hopes that an earnest romantic might buy his/her valentine a box of these pastries as a gift.

We take V-Day pretty seriously, and so we felt it was our duty as Dedicated Donuteers and Holiday Enthusiasts to sample these four new flavors and give you the scoop.  We’d hate for anyone to give a bad donut as a gift.

Here’s what we found:


Donut #1: Cupid’s Cocoa w/ Jelly Filling

Coffee Girl: Very nice for a franchise!  The combination of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and raspberry jelly filling is very successful, even when none of the individual ingredients achieves maximum freshness or lack of preservatives.  Show up with a couple of these for your sweetie and you’ll definitely score Valentine’s Day points.

Donut Boy: Yeah, it’s important to cut Dunkin’ Donuts a little slack: This is a tasty donut, to be sure.  My largest complaint would be with the lackluster dough, which really just serves as an envelope to hold the jelly and support some nice frosting.  Pleasing overall, though. Continue reading