I am currently researching food during the Great War and have come across a reference to "Chicago fritters". The letter home is written by a British soldier who is cooking for his battalion's officers. He serves these up between the soup and the main course stew.
Google turns up no mention of them but I wonder if anyone might have a clue what they were. Knowing the city's historical link with meatpacking, etc, my assumption is that this is something meaty. A possible early name for a burger patty? Of course, it may just be a name that Private Burke gave to a dish he'd created.
Your help would be appreciated.