If you want to watch two glazed-over doughy beasts laden with every kind of pastry cream duking it out in the streets of South Philly for ultimate bragging rights, go rent Rocky V. If you want to experience the city's fastest rising cronut contenders, head to Potito's Bakery for these furious fists of Do-Cro. The old-school Italian bakery's only making three dozen of these blockbusters gutbusters a day, packing them with way more of a punch than the other old-school Italian bakery's croissant-donut action. What -- you didn't know there were more?
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That's probably because your definition of "South Philly" lies North of Ritner St's Frangelli's Bakery, where these sugar-glazed fried croissant donuts are hiding in plain sight in their pastry case. Good news: They're selling for under $1 and there are no lines. Bad news: You have no idea where Ritner St is and only have a week to find out, because they're closing August 4th for a month's vacation.
If you'd rather give your metabolism a workout than your legs, hit up any location of Potito's for these oversized Do-Cro creamwiches. Both versions start out with baked cinnamon croissants that have been set out for 24hrs before being deep-fried, split in half, then stuffed with either a vanilla Bavarian cream filling and fondant glaze...
... or slathered with their classic chocolate chip ricotta cannoli filling and dressed in only shaved chocolate and cinnamon sugar, leaving them practically naked, which won't be a good look for you after eating a few.