It was only a matter of time before I stopped reading the mouth-watering tweets from @fritzpastry and actually went to the bakery to try some of the sweets.
I was not disappointed.
One sunny Sunday afternoon, I decided to hop on the El and check out Fritz's offerings. A ten minute walk from the Diversey Brown Line, the bakery looks like a former residence at the corner of Southport. Warmly greeted, Istudied the chalkboard menu and peered into the case of cakes, pies, and tarts. Macaron flavors rotate on a regular basis, and for those customers that have more of a savory appetite, lunch options include soups and sandwiches.
Wanting to try one of each item, the baskets of freshly baked donuts, croissants, and brioche were calling my name, so I decided to try a cinnamon & sugar donut (donut hole included!) along with a latte. I also purchased a cinnamon brioche and two macarons (raspberry & chocolate) to take home and enjoy later.
The donut was yeasty and dusted with just enough cinnamon and sugar and paired nicely with the creamy latte.
The macarons lived up to the phrase "you can't just eat one" with their natural flavors and slightly chewy consistency. The brown paper box with the blue Fritz was also a nice touch. I would be very happy giving this treat as a gift.
My only complaint is that I wish lived closer to this gem of a bakery to try more of Fritz's daily pasteries and breads!
1408 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614-1112