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Review Thu Dec 09 2010
The best donut in town isn't exactly a secret, but it ain't exactly a definitive Chicago staple either. The Apple Fritter courtesy of Roseland's Old Fashioned Donuts deserves a place in the pantheon of great Chicago foods though, as it holds its own and then some against any hot dog, mother-in-law sandwich or any hot-sweet-dipped beef combo creation.
Old-Fashioned Donuts on Michigan and 112th, in the heart of Roseland (photo credit unkown)
Strolling up to Old Fashioned Donuts on the Far South Side immediately fills one up with a sense of nostalgia. It doesn't matter if you spent your entire childhood frequenting the no-frills storefront or if it's your first time there, as the simple sight of large tubs of dough being spilled, spun and rolled out in the large glass windows evokes that sense of youthful excitement in knowing a special treat is coming your way. The fritters, about as big as a hub cap, have a perfect not-too-sweet, not-too-sticky texture, and are filled with chunks of warm apples nestled inside its moist dough. Truly impossible to finish in one serving, the fritters somehow get even better when left to sit and settle. It's almost beyond mere description. The fritters from Old-Fashioned become more than donuts, they become institutions.
Yes, it's possible to get this lofty about an apple fritter this good. Go Far South Side and stock up for the season.