Monday, January 13, 2014

My Chicago Doughnut/Donut Tour

Whenever Dave has some time off (several weeks off in December), I know I am in for some fun adventures.

One of our December adventures came about because Dave read The Daily Meal's, America's 25 best doughnuts. Oh boy ...

So over three days and miles and miles of walking all over downtown Chicago ... we had a fantastic donut experience.

The Doughnut Vault
We began at The Doughnut Vault with the #1 doughnut in America ... the vanilla raised glazed.

my #1 husband with the #1 doughnut
Dave and I both thought it was the best doughnut we had ever eaten. And it was huge.



And, they serve a delicious cup of coffee for $1.


The Doughnut Vault offers a handful of flavors with one special each day.

Our next stop was Do Rite Donuts and Coffee which won spot #13 for their chocolate raised glazed.


It was super cold this day, and none of these tiny (amazing) donut shops have indoor seating.




I love my coat pockets stuffed with mittens and ear muffs. (did not want you to think there were more donuts)
 

Do Rite is known for super fresh donuts as they bake all day long in batches of 36.

Chicago had two more shops that made the top 25 best donuts in America list, (Dat Donut #16 and Dinkels Bakery #24), but since we were on foot, they were too far away. So we went with two more shops we had heard a lot about.

such cheery packaging
Our third stop was Glazed and Infused. It was such a fun shop and their donuts did not disappoint.

which would you choose?
 Decisions ... decisions.

Dave got maple bacon. I got creme brulee.
These donuts were also wildy delicious.

Okay, one last stop (after lots more walking ... the city was our feast and our gym), Firecake Donuts. This great shop stays open until 10 at night, so we went late one beautiful snowy evening.




Charming, eh?

more donut goodness
I chose (and enjoyed) their coconut cream donut.

doughnut art


Well, our tour is done. Wish you could have joined us in the donut deliciousness. 

Do you have a favorite donut shop in your city?

 

25 comments:

  1. I would love a real GF donut!! Maybe on my next visit home I can find somewhere that has them. :-) Those all look delicious!!!

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  2. So glad to see you smiling and enjoying donuts too! I am not a fan of donuts, but if they make a mean brownie-I am so there. I love Chicago and lived there for roughly 6 years...long story. I hope to take my family to visit there some time in the next year or two.

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  3. You guys are too much fun Glenda!! I love this post. My daughter in law, Lindsay said a few years ago "I always know that you and Scott will find the best donut shops in any city you visit". It's true, we seem to have quite a nose for them. But now when we visit Chicago we don't even have to use our donut noses, you've done all the work for us! I know it was hard but we thank you for it :)

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  4. You guys are too much fun Glenda!! I love this post. My daughter in law, Lindsay said a few years ago "I always know that you and Scott will find the best donut shops in any city you visit". It's true, we seem to have quite a nose for them. But now when we visit Chicago we don't even have to use our donut noses, you've done all the work for us! I know it was hard but we thank you for it :)

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  5. These weren't all in one day...right? And it looked like you were really bundled up for all the walking in the cold, so I know you dough-nuts needed the fuel.
    I can't remember the last time I ate a donut...but if I eat one again sometime, I will think of you.

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  6. What an absolutely fun thing to do, Glenda!! I really enjoyed your mini reviews on the shops and their donuts. The creme brulee donut would have knocked my socks off, I'm sure!! And if you are going to treat yourself and blow your diet...at least do it with something award winning! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. It's tough living in Chicago!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. Oh man! This is fun and I don't even like doughnuts that much. But maybe that is because I have not had THESE doughnuts? I would never have thought to do a tour like this. This does sound fun. I would LOVE it if you could write something fun for me for the Wed series? Pretty please?

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  9. Glenda, Top Pot doughnuts are pretty yummy. And they just opened one near the Landing. For your next visit???

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  10. Glenda,

    You two know how to have fun! Second - these photos make me crave donuts! I'm not a big fan, but I can enjoy donut holes from time to time. As for the best donut shop in Belmont, MA - that would be Ohlin's Bakery. An institution here in my home town.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -donna

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  11. Love!! I live just outside of Chicago, next time I go I'll have to stop into these shops!! Thank you

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  12. I live in Canada so Tim Horton's rules here. They do make pretty good doughnuts and always have special limited time selections depending on the season.

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  13. Haha, I am glad you guys WALKED all over the city in search for donuts, burn those calories before they enter your system :)

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  14. Ohh, I love doughnuts. But they do not love me :-( Loved hearing oh your adventure...thanks for sharing! Bless you today, Glenda!

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  15. We are sadly lacking in
    the donut department! I
    discovered one in Minnetonka
    last year that is pretty good
    and introduced us to the
    maple bacon long john : )
    It's called Yo Yo Donuts.

    What a fun culinary tour
    and even better that you
    and Dave did it, together!
    Yum!

    xo Suzanne

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  16. Yum! What a fun way to spend time together! Walking and donuts, both are right up my alley!
    Kate

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  17. Count me in! Love this and with all the walking you could indulge in the tasty treats. Sadly we do not have little local donut shops here just the big chain but I do love their donuts ~ Tim Hortons!

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  18. i Glenda,
    Loved your donut tour, a wild departure from my daily eats of cabbage, spinach, and kale! Do I have a favorite donut shop in town? No, can't say I'm aware of any...there's a French bakery where we go for breakfast...they have a bakery case in the front part of the restaurant...I've never imbibed.

    And to answer the question you left on my comment section at the abbey...yes, we had a wonderful Christmas with our kids. The house was full for a month and I never stopped to take pictures.

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  19. Oh my goodness. I need a donut now!! :)

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  20. Mmmmm there is nothing better than a good donut. Believe it or not, our Kroger has just about the best donuts in my little town. When I was working, someone would make a run about once a week. Your tour looked fun...thank you for sharing it with us!

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  21. What a fun adventure! Those donuts look GOOD!

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  22. A truly creative idea expedited! I love the line, "The city was our feast and our gym." That would be the only way to do it. Blessings...

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  23. I'm a big fan of the old fashioned cinnamon and sugar cake doughnut. We do have a special shop--Concannons. I like their caramel long johns, too.

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  24. Oh you did make me laugh...favorite donut shop in my city...hahahahahaha. I loved your tour though and only last week was in Myrtle Beach and saw the Krispy Kreme HOT sign...didn't stop though because I knew I'd talk myself into eating the entire dozen. Last time I had donuts was more than half dozen years ago.
    Stuffed pockets...that made me laugh too...thanks, Glenda!

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