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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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Fresh and simple: A return to the Farmers’ Market in Oak Park

30 Jul

Dear Readers: We had every intention of returning this week to the amazing County Donuts in Schaumburg.  Alas, even the best laid Donut Plans can fall to the side in the face of automobile troubles.  Yes, our beloved Donut Mobile is currently a little under the weather.  For this reason, we decided to stay closer to Donut HQ and head over to the Farmers’ Market in Oak Park.

Now, those of you a little more familiar with Breakfast Adventures‘ history may recall that the Farmers’ Market is, in fact, the very first Donut Location we visited when we began our journeys back in September 2010.  This is because we’ve long been familiar with and appreciative of the amazing donuts the market has to offer.  In every sense of the phrase, the farmers’ market is a “safe bet” for freshness and flavor.

The donut tent at the Farmers' Market: Enter here for hot, fresh donuts.

So, unlike most mornings, we began our adventure this morning with a good idea of what lay ahead.  But allow us to elaborate:

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Dunkin’ Donuts: A thorough look at the corporate giant

23 Apr

Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere.  Like it or not, that much is undeniably true.  We here at Breakfast Adventures are often thwarted by it — it invades our Google searches for “donuts in Chicago” and taunts us every few blocks when we venture into the city.  Nevertheless, we felt it was our Breakfast Duty to thoroughly examine this corporate giant for the benefit of Pastry Eaters everywhere.

Over the past few months, we have been slowly compiling an entry on this Donut Juggernaut.  Dutifully, we have sampled a donut or two each Saturday, recording our observations and waiting until we had enough data to present a comprehensive report.  The entry below consists of these Taste Trials.

Here’s what we found:

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