Chicago donuts?

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2008/05/12 13:54:24 (permalink)

Chicago donuts?

I think this is a subject I brought up here once before, some time ago, but never got a good answer to.

My wife and I were recently decrying the fact that there doesn't seem to exist in the Chicago area the type of cakey old-fashioned donuts available in New England. In fact, KK and DD seem to be about the only donut shops I ever see around here. Is this a misconception? Can someone point us in the right direction, if there is one?

Thanks.
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    danimal15
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/15 22:05:42 (permalink)
    Wow - dozens of people have read this message and none has replied. And I know there are plenty of Chicago Roadfood readers, so I'm assuming there is no good donut place in the entire metro area. Who would have thought?
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    kland01s
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/16 11:26:38 (permalink)
    There is an independant donut shop in Batavia called Dimples Donuts. I've never been but they have been in business over 20 years so someone must like them.

    Dimples Donuts
    328 East Wilson
    Batavia, Ill.
    630-406-0303
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/16 11:30:39 (permalink)
    danimal - I have never seen a special place or one that i would rush back to. Everything near me is all chains.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/16 11:40:00 (permalink)
    Country Donuts on Roselle Road in Schaumburg ...
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/17 21:50:29 (permalink)
    Thanks for the tips on Roselle and Batavia, though neither is convenient to my home on the North Shore. Maybe I should open one.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/18 12:52:08 (permalink)
    You can't get a good donut in Chicago blah blah blah. I think its the water blah blah blah . If you want a REAL donut travel to blah blah blah .
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/24 14:55:13 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by danimal15

    Thanks for the tips on Roselle and Batavia, though neither is convenient to my home on the North Shore. Maybe I should open one.


    There's something very stimulating about the independent donut shop. There's a homemade feel to every corner of the store. You feel like you want to eat everything: the donuts, the wax paper, the racks, the napkin dispenser.

    If you have an extra 18 hours a day, please open a donut shop!

    Okay, not the napkin dispenser.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/24 15:48:17 (permalink)
    When I was kid in Iowa and Illinois we used to spend a lot of time in Chicago. Back then there were many independent donut shops and small bakeries around especially in traditional ethnic neighborhoods and even in Wilmette, Skokie and Evanston. But that was over 30 yrs ago (sucks getting old). LA still has an independent donut shop around every corner but that doesn't do you any good.

    WB




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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/28 12:35:35 (permalink)
    Chicago doeshave some excellent non-chain doughnut places - if you're willing to drive a bit. Old Fashioned Doughnuts is worth the trip. They're not so much know for the cake-type doughnut you mention, though. Definitely try their apple fritter!!
    http://www.centerstagechicago.com/restaurants/oldfashioned.html
    I think they're closed on Sundays, fwiw.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/05/28 12:38:59 (permalink)
    Cydes Donuts werre OK, now they are called Tommy's ( 2550 W. Chicago ave.)

    If you are ever in Danville , Il. I highly recommend Royal Donuts.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/07/16 11:00:46 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by dcwatts

    Chicago doeshave some excellent non-chain doughnut places - if you're willing to drive a bit. Old Fashioned Doughnuts is worth the trip. They're not so much know for the cake-type doughnut you mention, though. Definitely try their apple fritter!!
    http://www.centerstagechicago.com/restaurants/oldfashioned.html
    I think they're closed on Sundays, fwiw.


    Sounds good to me. Awfully far from Highland Park, unfortunately. My search for decent donuts on the North Shore will continue...
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/07/16 12:20:29 (permalink)
    Anyone ever try Spunky Dunkers (*snork*) in Palatine? Everytime I drive by there, I giggle, and wonder how the doughnuts are.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/08/25 12:43:31 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by dcwatts

    Chicago doeshave some excellent non-chain doughnut places - if you're willing to drive a bit. Old Fashioned Doughnuts is worth the trip. They're not so much know for the cake-type doughnut you mention, though. Definitely try their apple fritter!!
    http://www.centerstagechicago.com/restaurants/oldfashioned.html
    I think they're closed on Sundays, fwiw.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/09/03 21:14:46 (permalink)
    It's probably not there anymore, but I used to stop at Amy Joy (in Des Plaines) on the way to the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. It was funny because there was an Amy Joy in Youngstown Ohio where I grew up that absolutely sucked. The Amy Joy in Des Plaines sold fresh donuts you didn't have to soak in coffee for an hour. Are there any Amy Joys left?
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/10/12 22:10:00 (permalink)
    Okay, here's the secret....The Kosher Dunkin Donuts on Devon makes my favorite donut in the city(lard not used).

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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/11/02 23:19:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by flyseye

    You can't get a good donut in Chicago blah blah blah. I think its the water blah blah blah . If you want a REAL donut travel to blah blah blah .


    blan blah your self

    you never visited Chicago to say that

    I have lived there and there are many good shops in Chicago to eat some good donuts.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/11/03 20:33:46 (permalink)
    Wow!!!Never noticed the half rude response by flyseye....Love a good donut and am sure Chicago has some great shops...
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2008/11/11 21:15:34 (permalink)
    danimal: Have you tried the donuts at Once Upon a Bagel in HP? They only have on flavor: cake donut with chocolate icing. I think they are excellent.
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    RE: Chicago donuts? 2009/03/19 21:18:21 (permalink)
    abe_froeman

    Anyone ever try Spunky Dunkers (*snork*) in Palatine? Everytime I drive by there, I giggle, and wonder how the doughnuts are.

     
    Hey! They had a contest to come up with that name!
     
    It was an old Mister Donut before the company got bought out by Dunkin Donuts, and Spunky Dunkers still mostly uses Mister Donut mixes. But, you can't get better for that sort of thing.


    post edited by dinska - 2009/03/19 21:24:36
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    Amy Joy 2009/04/22 09:13:33 (permalink)
    It's probably not there anymore, but I used to stop at Amy Joy (in Des Plaines)


    Unfortunately, Amy Joy and her 78 varieties of donuts, including three prune flavors, is gone.  Last time I was down that way, my companion used her internet-equipped cell to check the address.......  When we got there, it was a mini-mall......  Well, thank ghu!  Chicagoland doesn't have enough mini-malls!
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