For the most part, we eat pretty healthily, with the exception of a doughnut (or six) now and then. Okay, so desserts are a weakness for this editor, but that’s what spin class is for, right? In a city like Chicago—one famed for its culinary scene—it’s no surprise that doughnuts are artisanal. From a fried chicken doughnut sandwich or bacon, egg, and doughnut sandwich—it’s a thing in more than one place—to Firecakes’ ice cream sandwiches in the summer, these are the six best places to get doughnuts in the Windy City, according to Instagram. Also, we’re not sure if you heard, but yesterday was National Doughnut Day. While these social media holidays may be silly, this is one we can get behind because why wouldn’t we celebrate doughnuts? Scroll through to join in on the festivities.
Stan’s Donuts and Coffe
Elizabeth Taylor used to go to the original Stan’s Donuts and Coffee in Los Angeles, which opened more than 50 years ago. There are now six locations in Chicago, and their crème de la crème includes Nutella pocket, peanut butter and banana pocket, and chocolate drizzle pretzel. The shop also has vegan and gluten-less options (the recipe is gluten-free but uses the same oil as the other doughnuts) and shakes topped with mini doughnuts.
With two locations in the city, Firecakes Donuts serves everything from classic jelly to maple-glazed pineapple and bacon and seasonal specialties to the likes of apple cinnamon fritter and Sicilian pistachio old fashioned. Now through the end of summer, it also serves ice cream doughnut sandwiches. Also, four words: Giant Birthday Cake Donut.
68 W. Hubbard St., Chicago; 2453 N. Clark St., Chicago
Another favorite of Chicagoans, Doughnut Vault's lines go outside the doors of their two locations, which serve classic flavors and specialty doughnuts that change daily. Past specials have included chocolate birthday cake, coffee caramel old fashioned, and apple cider old fashioned with crumble.
401 N. Franklin St., Chicago; 111 N. Canal St., Chicago
Have a hankering for a fried chicken sandwich on a maple-glazed doughnut? You’ve come to the right place. Do-Rite Donuts’ menu includes that and doughnuts like candied maple bacon, Valrhona chocolate cake, and Michigan apple fritter that will make you want to dash to its shops in Streeterville or the West Loop. Trust us, just scroll through the images on the menu. The doughnut shop also serves vegan and gluten-free options every day.
Glazed & Infused
We’re particular about our doughnuts, so we appreciate that doughnuts from Glazed & Infused are made fresh daily by hand. Choose from Boston or matcha cream, red velvet, or Bananutella Bismarck, among many more like their most popular flavors vanilla-bean glazed and old fashioned. Glazed & Infused also inscribes doughnuts!
Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts
From cannoli topping and crushed pastry shells to marshmallow and Rice Krispies to honey, peanut butter, and banana slices, doughnuts from Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts are an obvious pick. Here, they fry the mini doughnut to order and customize them to your liking. There’s also a food truck. Check out @beaversdonuts for its current location.
131 N. Clinton St., Chicago
What’s the most inventive doughnut flavor you’ve ever tried and how was it? We want to know! Share in the comments below.