Fritz Pastry

Chicago, Illinois

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Fritz Pastry recently changed ownership and not only do they have vegan donuts (!!) and other goodies, but now Saturday & Sunday brunch as well as wraps. I checked out brunch the second weekend they announced having it. I really enjoyed it and will be back to try other menu options (the menu has changed since I was there - I think they change it every few weeks). If you're looking for a quaint brunch with a coffee & pastry shop vibe, this is your place! They also have an outdoor patio for the spring/summer/fall and while small, it's still cute.

Now, when I went there, the brunch menu had carrot cake pancakes and a tofu scramble as their vegan options. As of today, they have blue fennel hash (purple potatoes, carrots, onion, zucchini, baked tofu and red pepper ketchup - $8.50) and lemon cardamon pancakes (with seedling fruit blueberry syrup and whipped cream - $9). I'm not sure which menu sounds better! My tofu scramble was really awesome. It came with a variety of veggies - red potatoes, carrots, onion, zucchini. There was also a red pepper sauce (I'm pretty sure it was this - I ate this a bit ago so if memory serves!). I love ketchup on my tofu scrambles, so I piled that over the potatoes and such. The tofu was also baked. Super tasty and a great scramble over all.

I also split a raspberry tart with my friend. I love raspberry desserts! This was a perfect ending to my brunch along with my soy latte.

Their only prepackaged vegan wrap is the balsamic roasted veggie wrap (though the bbq tofu sandwich is vegetarian - there is cheese). The wrap has eggplant, red pepper, zucchini, soy mayo, organic greens on a tomato wrap. It comes with chips and a pickle all for $7. There is also a seasonal salad for $6.25 which comes with seasonal veggies, fruits, and lemon-balsamic vinaigrette.

Brunch is served on Saturday's and Sunday's from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go check it out, Chicagoans!

For a complete review, please see my blog here: http://veganmiss.blogspot.com/2012/06/vegan-chicago-restaurant-review-of.html

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Stealth Vegan Pastries

Comfortable, welcoming, stay-a-while vibe inside with plenty of coffee shop type seating. Outdoor seating along side of bldg.

Amazing soy lattes.

The small chalkboard food menu has been vegetarian every time I've been in here. About 30-40% of the bakery items were vegan. But here's the dealio: the vegan items are not marked. I kind of like it b/c I'm sure there are a lot of ppl buying and eating the vegan items that otherwise would not be. I just wish there was a way to tell them, after they bit into that delicious yummy treat, that it's 100% vegan!

My faves in order:
1. chocolate cupcake (vegan)
2. cinnamon donut (vegan)
3. vanilla cupcake (vegan)

Their vegan pastries taste better than their non-vegan pastries. How do they do that?!


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On a recent trip to Chicago, my boyfriend and I were driving around after exploring Northwestern University. I saw a sign for Diversey Parkway, and after remembering Fritz Pastry is on that street (I had made a list ahead of time of places I wanted to check out), we went searching for it. I am very glad we found it, because the stuff was pretty tasty. The cinnamon sugar donut I had was a nice treat and the only vegan donut I've ever had. It had a great texture and flavor. Colin got some kind of coffee cake, which was also pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about Fritz was that they don't label their vegan pastries. I had to ask what was vegan (after not seeing labels and being afraid they didn't have any!), and the guy told me. It's kind of disappointing.

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UPDATE: I'm upping my review of Fritz Pastry after discovering their vegan donuts ($2 a piece). This is the finest vegan donut I've ever had and easily blows away the stuff made by Mighty-O in Seattle. Fritz's donut is exquisite (they have two or three different flavors daily, but they sell out frequently, so try to get them early in the day): it looks like a gourmet pastry with a golden-brown color, and then achieves perfection in its texture by being not too soft and not too hard and not too chewy. To make things even better, the glazed one I had was covered in a gorgeous, razor-thin coating that cracked like newly formed ice sheets on a sidewalk.

The service is always friendly and they also carry equally wonderful vegan muffins, cupcakes and other random things. Also, all of their items cost about $2 which is amazingly cheap considering the quality and sophistication of their products.

Fritz handily beats any other baker in Chicago. I would also say that Fritz makes some of the finest vegan baked goods I've ever had, period, be it donuts or cupcakes or whatever. I can't wait to see them try their hand at a cheesecake or pies.

Original review: Fritz Pastry makes the finest vegan cupcake in Chicago and one of the best I've ever had.

I had their chocolate cupcake ($2) which was delectable. First and foremost, the cupcake is balanced. It's not overly sweet, buttery or dense, unlike its competition at other Chicago cupcake vendors (Bleeding Heart, Molly's, Swirlz and Sweet Cakes). The cupcake at Fritz is soft, perfectly moist, and the frosting is smooth and rich, without tasting too buttery or sugary.

Exquisite balance is the best summation. Fritz offers two different flavors (chocolate and vanilla). If they were to offer more flavors, I would consider giving them my coveted and rare five-star rating.

I also had a piece of coffee streusel cake ($2) which was quite good, though not as crumbly as I would have liked for a coffee cake. That said, it was tasty and went well with a small pot of looseleaf Intelligentsia oolong tea ($2.50).

Lastly, I had a cup of Fritz hot chocolate with soy milk ($2.85) which was smooth and rich. No complaints, though vegan whipped cream would have been a nice addition.

The atmosphere is charming and serene with lots of dark wood and a huge set of tall windows overlooking the street. This is good people-watching if you're into that sort of thing.

The staff is also friendly, attentive and helpful.

Kudos to Fritz for offering superb and cutting-edge vegan baked goods (not all of their stuff is vegan, but they do have at least a few items that fit the bill) and classy loose-leaf organic teas. If they offered a few more vegan options such as a torte, a pie, and some cookies, I would put Fritz on my must-visit list whenever I'm in Chicago. As it stands, this is an excellent spot to get a cup of tea, eat some delicious baked goods, and enjoy the view.

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Where else can you get a fresh vegan donut? I don't even know. And these were excellent, just the right level of sweetness and a great texture. Cute place.

The problem is that nothing is labeled as vegan. You have to ask. I asked them why, and they told me what I expected: they don't want to scare off the non-vegans. That's understandable, but unfortunate. I hope vegans eat there and it becomes clear that they can say "vegan" loud and proud.

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