Life might be a journey, but sublime food is a destination, and there’s no better destination than the apple fritter at Old Fashioned Donut. People always ask “what’s the best?”, and the answer is usually a subjective handful of choices. Consider it a lock, like the Daley administrations over the last half century, the Old Fashioned apple fritter is the best. These deep fried and super icing slathered concoctions make Krispy Kreme look like the health food section at Whole Foods. Most apple fritters should be called cinnamon spiced donuts, because if you’re lucky they might have one chunk of apple. The fritters at old fashioned are dotted with toothsume hunks and an orchard’s worth of apple perfume.
Unless you’re an NFL offensive lineman, bring a friend. Chipotle is fond of saying they sell burritos as big as your head, but unless you’ve got the tamale shaped noggin of Beaker from the Muppets, that’s just a lie. On the other hand, the apple fritter at old fashioned is as big as two of my hands (and I’ve got thick Chicago “saaasage” sized fingers to boot), and it’s probably not a stretch to say they’re about as big as A.J. Pierzynski’s catcher’s mitt.
Old Fashioned Donuts, 11248 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 773-995-7420. Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.