50 W. Randolph St.
Chicago Illinois 60601United States
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Don't dismiss paying $14.95 for six doughnuts until you've tried these chef-made creations in Chicago's Loop theater district.
In a city with a Dunkin' Donuts every few blocks and a dozen well-known mom-and-pop doughnut shops, Chicago has no shortage of places for doughnut fans. But this new storefront (opened in 2012), takes hand-size pieces of fried dough to new heights, offering a few simple flavors as well as artisan-crafted treats that will make going back to Dunkin' a little harder. Take, for example, the carrot cake doughnut. The first bite: a subtly flavored spice cake. The second bite: a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top. The third bite: a hint of shredded carrot sprinkled on top. Or the peanut butter and jelly doughnut, a yeast pastry with a concentrated wallop of peanut butter and strawberry jelly in the center. A rich chocolate ganache bathes a simpler buttermilk cake doughnut, and vanilla bean flavors the glaze on the aptly named glazed doughnut. Yes, the doughnuts are $14.95 for six or $24.95 for a dozen. You'll find about two-dozen chef-made flavors in the rotation and a dozen or so flavors available on any given day (including gluten-free options). The staff takes their work seriously, boxing your pastries flat with little partitions between them so that the ganache from your old-fashioned doughnut doesn't mar the maple flavors of the candied bacon-topped doughnut. Get there early. The place, located about a block and a half west of State Street, opens at 6:30 a.m. daily and closes when the doughnuts run out, usually around 1 p.m. Three little tables sit outside; otherwise, plan to take your treats to go.