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Firecakes Donuts

Restaurants, Bakeries River North
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Max Herman Firecakes Donuts

Time Out says

Jonathan Fox's offering to the doughnut-crazed masses is adorably vintage, with boxes of mostly-classic flavors (old fashioned buttermilk; chocolate-glazed) wrapped in cute bakers' twine. The triple-chocolate is a solid replication of chocolate birthday cake, and the old-fashioned is one of the most modest in town—a fact that will thrill smaller eaters. Yet the only Firecakes doughnut that really makes a statement technically isn't a doughnut at all: It's the crisp and surprisingly light apple fritter.



Address: 68 W Hubbard St
Cross street: between Dearborn Pkwy and Clark St
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 22, 29, 65.
Price: Average doughnut: $3
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 7am-9pm; Thurs-Sat 7am-midnight (or until sold out)
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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I consider myself a major donut aficionado. I've had it all, from Dunkin to Glazed and Infused and I can tell you this: Firecakes KILLS it. A truly great donut spot should be judged on their old fashioned - if you can make simple absolutely amazing, then everything else can be judged from there. The Buttermilk glazed old fashioned from Firecakes is hands down one of the best donuts I have ever had. Ever. The outside has a nice subtle crunch but the inside is so light and fluffy. The buttermilk flavor shines through, and the glaze adds the perfect amount of sweet. Go now. Your life is not complete without one.



In the battle of my favorite donut place in Chicago, Firecakes smokes the competition. I've never had a donut here that I didn't like. You can tell the ingredients are high quality, and the coffee is excellent, too. Standout favorites include the old fashioned, which is perfectly glazed and not too heavy, and the peanut butter cup, which has a rich chocolate frosting and a smooth peanut butter center that is airy and delicious. Honorable mention goes to the apple cinnamon fritter - so flavorful!


There are so many competing doughnut places in Chicago but I feel that Firecakes has the best variety to offer! Not only do they have one of the best old fashioned doughnuts but they also have tempting coconut cream with toasted coconut flakes and cream filling. You can buy a mini one (try valrhona chocolate espresso filled) or go big with a doughnut ice cream sandwich. The coffee is high quality as well so they don't diminish your doughnut experience.