This Mystery Diner has a fond memory as a young child of getting up on occasional Saturday mornings with his dad and heading down to the local doughnut shop in his small Midwestern town to enjoy a special treat.
This week's Mystery Diner location has a touch of local history and a place to get some tasty pastries for the past seven years in downtown Oswego.
My Sister's Lil' Donut Shoppe opened in 2012 in a nearly 90-year-old building that resembles a small house at 25 S. Madison St. in the village, at the corner of Madison (Route 34) and East Jackson streets.
According to local historians, the building opened in the summer of 1930 as a service station:
"August Korte opened the small, neat, Tydol Oil service station in July 1930 to serve the growing traffic through Oswego on newly paved Route 34. Built in the Tudor Revival house-with-bay service station design popular in the 1930s, the station operated for several years before being turned into a private residence. Later, Earl Zentmyer bought the building for use as the office for his Ford dealership’s used car sales office. Since then, the building has housed a number of other commercial enterprises, including a fortune-teller."
The doughnut shop, founded by sisters Chris McClimans and Betsy Kammerer, has been a popular spot for those seeking doughnuts, danishes, fritters and other pastries right in the heart of downtown Oswego.
I stopped by the shop on a recent Saturday morning, as I tend to do from time to time, and picked up a half-dozen pastries for myself and some friends.
I wanted a little variety, so I got a vanilla long john, a vanilla-iced chocolate cake doughnut, a glazed cinnamon twist doughnut, a cake doughnut with vanilla icing and coconut, an apple fritter, and a cheese danish.
All of the pastries, as usual, were fresh and delicious. The danish was flaky with rich cream cheese filling, the cake doughnuts were moist and not overly heavy or greasy, the long john and cinnamon twists were soft with a light crispness to them on the outside, and the apple fritter was the real star of the show. Crispy on the outside, light on the inside, with real apple flavor, the fritter was a nice treat on a lovely Saturday morning.
The shop has specialty flavors from time to time – for example, the recent specialty flavor was a candy cane flavored long john – so that is always fun. But even the regular old favorites are fresh and rich, and takes one back to weekend mornings when things were simpler.
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: My Sister's Lil Donut Shoppe
WHERE: 25 S. Madison St. (Route 34), Oswego
HOURS: 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays
MORE INFO: Facebook.com/MySistersLilDonuts, 331-203-2736