Thanks ever so much for posting the Abundance Bakery recommendation, the Apple Fritters were wonderful and, as you said, huge. How can a fellow resist going to a bakery that has apple fritters "the size of a Jaguar hubcap"
I got there at 6am, just as Bill Ball, the owner, was unlocking the door, which I thought might be a bad sign, until I realized there was a baker in back. Bill was very friendly, even let me in the back to take a few pictures, though he did make coffee before conversing, this is a man who has his priorities straight.
I thought the apple fritter excellent, real apple, not overly sweet, some crisp edges, good texture and a faint flavor of real butter. This is a very good apple fritter. That said, I prefer Old Fashioned's Apple Fritter. Old Fashioned's apple fritter could be custom designed for my taste. I'll link to a past Old Fashioned Donut post where I waxed poetic about their Apple Fritters.
All in all Abundance Bakery's Apple Fritter is excellent, the second best apple fritter I have had in the last 20-years, and the second best in Chicago, which a quick yahoo yellow pages search shows has, at least, 441 bakeries.
Thanks again Paul.
105 E 47th St
Chicago, IL 60653
Owner of Abundance with tray of Apple Fritters (two rows on left) and Cinnamon Rolls (row on right)