The Doughnut Vault
Chicago IL 60606
While not an easy place to score your doughnuts at (they’re closed Sundays and Mondays, and only open for an hour or so on the days that they are open), once you’ve made your precious purchase it’s nearly impossible to not leave The Doughnut Vault a very happy camper. The menu is gigantic, but narrow down your options to the cake donuts, which are surprisingly light and fresh. From there your best bet is to keep it simple; a light coating of cinnamon and sugar should be all you need to change your opinion of cake donuts forever. — Dan Myers, 12/14/2012
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Despite the high prices and long lines, this tiny takeout shops serves some of the most flawless doughnuts we've ever tried.
Follow this shop on Twitter: They'll tell you when they're running out and how many people are online. @doughnutvault
They sell out. You need to wake up PREEETY early in the morning if you want a doughnut from here.
Go on a weekday if possible. The space is crazy small but the donuts are crazy good. If you're lucky enough to be an early bird, order the daily special. Otherwise, get whatever. Music vibe is killer!
Outside the vault.
Download a podcast. Bring a long-lost friend. Get there at 8:30am. This is the doughnut we’ve been waiting for.
Buttermilk and glazed yeast are staples, but the Twitter feed update dough lovers of daily specials that range from pistachio to birthday cake (cake dunked in vanilla glaze with rainbow sprinkles).
The vanilla doughnut is life changing.. Avoid this spot of you're on your way home from the gym!!
This shop puts out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both cake and yeast varieties. And they are marvelous—perhaps the best you will ever have.
Doughnut makers using the noms de plume François and Henri Gras put out batches of vanilla glazed, chestnut, buttermilk old-fashioned and other doughnuts of both the cake and yeast variety.
Try the chocolate. Your life will never be the same.
Try the Chestnut doughnut from our 100 Best list: It doesn’t get any better, any fresher, any more flavorful, any airier than this.
Lots of buzz and long lines at this pastry shop- donuts are the must-have treat.
It's CASH ONLY. Follow on Twitter to get an idea of their selection before you go. Expect a 20 min wait if 15 ppl are ahead of you. They always run out of buttermilk first-try the gingerbread stack.
The old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut hit dining editor Penny Pollack's cozy button. View a photo here.
CAUTION: Beware of a doughnut coma after eating here. Our dining editor's pick: "The gingerbread stack—light and, uh, gingery."
Pro Tip: tell your boss you have a dr's appointment and go to DV on a Tuesday morning around 10. All of the donut varieties, none of the wait.
Doughnut, the new cupcake.
Maple Bacon Donut
Whips up a limited, ever-changing selection of fresh-baked sweets in flavors like chestnut, buttermilk, carrot cake, & maple-bourbon-bacon. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for store hours.