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Doughnut Vault

400-1/2 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL -
Quite literally a hole in the wall, the Donut Vault has attained cult status in Chicago. People wait in line for up to an hour to get one of precious 1000 donuts that are made each morning.
100% Approval Rating (4 votes)

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Glazed Donut
Gingerbread Stack
Buttermilk Old Fashioned Donut

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The Doughnut Vault makes about 1000 doughnuts every day from Tuesday through Saturday and starts serving them at 8:30am (9:30am on Saturday). When the 1000 are gone, the shop closes. For those who crave instant gratification, it is a maddening place because a line ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

400-1/2 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL


http://thedoughnutvault.tumblr.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Gingerbread stacks are sold in threesomes.
"Gingerbread stacks are sold in threesomes."
Michael Stern





A boxful of buttermilk old fashioneds
"A boxful of buttermilk old fashioneds"
Michael Stern


Buttermilk old fashioned donuts are dense and cakelike -- great with coffee.
"Buttermilk old fashioned donuts are dense and cakelike -- great with coffee."
Michael Stern


Chestnut glazed donuts
"Chestnut glazed donuts"
Michael Stern


Here you see the entire interior of the Donut Vault.
"Here you see the entire interior of the Donut Vault."
Michael Stern


'Sold Out' can happen well before noon.
"'Sold Out' can happen well before noon."
Michael Stern


This photo was taken at 7:55am. The couple at the table wanted to be first in line when the shop opened at 8:30.
"This photo was taken at 7:55am. The couple at the table wanted to be first in line when the shop opened at 8:30."
Michael Stern


Among the Chicagoans waiting for their chance to nab donuts are Roadfood.com's Stephen Rushmore and his mother, Judy.
"Among the Chicagoans waiting for their chance to nab donuts are Roadfood.com's Stephen Rushmore and his mother, Judy."
Michael Stern



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