Cupcakes, move aside. With less frosting (at least a little
less) and just the perfect size for the early morning sugar buzz,
doughnuts are poised to take over as Chicagoans' new favorite
treat. We're filling the hole of where to go when the temperature
drops and your morning cup o' joe calls for a side of sweet-both
bite-sized for kids and hearty enough for adults.
3329 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
In business since 1922, Dinkel's epitomizes an old-time bakery
well suited for modern times. Founded by Joseph K. Dinkel, a master
baker from Bavaria, Germany, Dinkel's makes doughnuts from the
standard glazed to the Bismarck almost as drool-worthy as its
famous cakes. There are plenty of tables and room to park your
stroller. But don't forget to take a number. Lines can go out the
door on a busy day and it won't just be your kiddo who gets
impatient waiting for that old-fashioned treat.
Locations in Downers Grove, Naperville and Willowbrook
Juicy O's "Wake Up Machine" churns out doughnuts faster than you
can say "more please." What started as a "quest to create the
perfect cake doughnut" turned into a full-service meal operation
where doughnuts are only a preview to other family-friendly fare
and are free when you sit down. Your kids will appreciate the
fast-track to sweetness.
Old Fashioned Donuts
11248 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Located in the Roseland/Washington Heights neighborhood, Old
Fashioned Donuts has been called "the original Krispy Kreme," with
windows in the front of the store to best view the doughnut-making
process. While the apple fritter is the crowd pleaser, seasonal
doughnuts are a specialty, (cider, anyone?) and so is the
super-sized Texas. It takes "family-style" eating to a new
401½ N. Franklin St., Chicago
Lines around the block? Doughnuts off the shelf by 9 a.m.?
Welcome to the hottest doughnut shop this side of the
Mississippi-or at least the Kennedy. The Doughnut Vault is not for
the relaxing family outing, but your taste buds will thank you.
Wake up early and head to River North for flavors like chestnut
glazed and old-fashioned buttermilk. That is, if you're lucky
enough to score one.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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