Gourmet doughnuts in Chicago: a tasty trend

From Nightwood to The Bedford, diners can nibble on the best of breakfast for dessert. Fortunately for the morning crowd, gourmet doughnuts are making their debut in stand-alone shops across the city.

Ginger Stack, Doughnut Vault | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

Ginger Stack from the Doughnut Vault

Doughnut Vault (401 1/2 North Franklin) is a tiny, tiny bakery tucked away behind the Merchandise Mart. Tasty bits of fried dough are served five days a week from opening to “whenever we run out.” Experience has taught me that means “get there when they open.” But for a chance at the chestnut glazed doughnut or a stack of gingerbread cake doughnuts, I certainly don’t mind the early start. Heavenly confections can be yours for $2-$3 dollars. Coffee is $1.

Pistachio Donut, Do-Rite Donuts | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

Pistachio topped creation from Do-Rite Donuts

Located in the midst of the theater district, Do-Rite Donuts (50 W Randolph) is run by former L2O chef Francis Brennan. Brennan is responsible for whipping up dreamy flavors like Maple & Candied Bacon cruller as well as Peanut Butter & Jelly Bullseyes and a gluten free cinnamon sugar option. The pistachio crusted cake doughnut with a meyer lemon glaze is my current obsession, and I will gladly shell out $3 to get my fix.

S'more donuts, Beavers Donuts | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

S'mores from Beavers Donuts

Beavers Donuts currently runs the only food truck in Chicago serving up mini-doughnuts and coffee. I always hope to burn a few calories chasing these guys around the city, but they made it too easy find them via Twitter. If you have a hard time choosing between the temptation of S’mores and Nutella Dream gourmet flavors, don’t worry, they let you mix and match a dozen for $8. Or, if you’re a busy beaver, pick up three cinnamon sugar donuts and cup of coffee for $4.

If you’re in the mood for doughnuts, these spots are certainly a reason to look beyond the local coffee shop!

About Tammy Green, Chicago Bites

Tammy Green is the co-founder of restaurant review site, Chicago Bites, a local and independent collaboration of talented people interested in eating well. She’s been eating for years, but didn’t discover her professional fascination with food until she started talking about it every week. As a result of Chicago Bites, she has expanded her interest in food policy, gardening, canning, composting, organic issues, slow food, local producers and chefs and how these all impact the Chicago dining experience.
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