Stan’s Donuts

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26. Nutella pocket with banana

As you'll see, I didn't like the Nutella pocket very much on its own, but the addition of banana only made it worse. But, you cry, a banana with Nutella on it is a healthy, delicious treat! Eat one of those instead of this cloying doughnut.

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25. Peanut butter banana pocket

MAKE IT STOP. Somehow the damn banana flavor undid everything good about the peanut butter pocket, which, by itself, I really like. Makes me want to cry. But if you like peanut-butter-banana sandwiches, this is the one for you.

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24. Biscoff pocket with banana

Banana. Is. The. Devil. Why would you pollute otherwise perfect cookie butter with banana? This is a crime against what should be an awesome doughnut.

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23. Cinnamon sugar cake

What’s the point of this? I don’t know why this exists. It’s tough, it’s doughy and the interior has no flavor at all. If you really want cinnamon, this is it, but otherwise, I’d say no.

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22. Coconut creme

Too much shredded coconut combined with the sticky glaze makes this doughnut a bit soggy, which means you can’t get the grip on it you want with a creme doughnut.

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21. Chocolate glazed

It’s a pretty typical chocolate doughnut. Not recommended. Just go for it and get the double chocolate old fashioned, already!

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20. Coconut cake

My least favorite of the cake doughnuts. I don’t like Stan's cake doughnuts and I hate shredded coconut, so there’s basically nothing to love here.

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19. Vanilla cake with sprinkles

Go somewhere else and get a cheaper version. The delicious vanilla icing isn’t enough to save it.

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18. Glazed twist

It’s a glazed twist. It’s standard fancy doughnut shop fare, not as good as Krispy Kreme and better than Dunkin' Donuts. That being said, the glazed twist is the way to go if you like icing, because you get more coverage without that pesky hole in the middle. But it’s huge, so if I ate a whole one, I’d slip into a coma.

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10/26
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17. Maple bacon caramel

This is decadent (how could it not be, it’s maple bacon caramel) but it’s not as good as Glazed and Infused’s maple bacon long john, which has a whole strip of thick, maple-glazed bacon on top. This is a standard glazed bar with a bacon crumble on top, and while the crumble is delicious, it doesn’t cover the whole doughnut. Plus, the rest of the doughnut is too bland for me.

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16. Blueberry old fashioned

The blueberries add a tiny bit of extra flavor, but not enough to order it unless you are a huge blueberry fan or are really bored with vanilla.

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15. Chocolate old fashioned

The chocolate icing is too soft, making the outer layer less crisp than I usually like it (see: Do Rite, the Chicago master of the old fashioned). I like the outside to be extra hard, so that when you bite into the doughnut you get that deep satisfaction of going through the shell and getting to the creamy, soft center. It has a good flavor, but I’d go for a different chocolate doughnut at Stan’s.

 

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14. Vanilla old fashioned

Same problem as the chocolate old fashioned. This is decent, though.

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13. Blueberry fritter

It’s not as good as the apple fritter. It’s a little too dense and hard to eat, and the blueberries come across as cloying, while the apples come across as nice and crunchy.

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12. Nutella pocket

Somewhat surprisingly, I didn’t like this one. I love Nutella—I would eat a piece of cardboard if you smeared enough on it. But the chocolate overpowers the flavor of the Nutella, so you don’t get any interesting hazelnut flavor.

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11. Cap'n Crunch

I expected to like this, as I secretly love Cap'n Crunch cereal. But I didn’t get the point. There was a single piece of Cap'n Crunch on the top, but the rest of the doughnut just tasted like a regular glazed doughnut. Not recommended.

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10. Lemon curd bismark

Stan’s has bismarks down pat. Real fruit flavor without the cloying fakeness, and the powdered sugar is perfect for the slightly tart lemon.

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9. Double chocolate old fashioned

This is a big improvement over the standard chocolate old fashioned found elsewhere. If you like chocolate, this is the old fashioned doughnut to get at Stan’s. The doughnut itself is chocolate, which helps. I still think the crust is too wimpy for an old fashioned, but it’s not bad.

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8. Apple fritter

This is an excellent, if not innovative, apple fritter. Unlike the old fashioned, this is crispy enough, and it’s got big chewy chunks of apple—perfect for pretending you are eating something vaguely healthy.

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7. Blueberry bismark

This is an amazing fruit doughnut. None of that artificial red gunk that squirts out of most jelly doughnuts; this has a thick, fruity blueberry jam inside that tastes like actual fruit from a real bush. The sugar on the outside is delicious and provides great texture.

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6. Peanut butter pocket

It’s nice and crispy, with a good shot of not-too-sweet peanut butter. I wish all of Stan's “pockets” were a bit more full to the brim—you can take two the three bites without getting much filling—but the flavors are delicious. It’s like eating an inside-out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

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5. Vanilla-orange old fashioned

This one is awesome. The texture isn’t perfect (see my previous musings on proper old fashioneds), but the orange flavor makes a huge difference. It’s got a serious citrusy hit, with nice pieces of orange peel on the outside.

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4. Buttermilk bismark

This may be the only creme-filled doughnut I’d ever spend money on. The thick chocolate coating is perfect, and the buttermilk filling is slightly tangy and a little less sweet than the typical Boston Cream.

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3. Buttermilk bar

This is what a basic doughnut should taste like. This is what I’d have for breakfast every day if calories didn’t exist. It’s got that tang of buttermilk, which makes everything taste creamier, it’s got a really healthy hit of frosting, and it’s nice and crisp.

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2. Biscoff pocket

Wow. This doughnut is filled with Biscoff cookie butter, which is not a typical doughnut filling. It’s not cloyingly sweet and it’s thick, so it doesn’t squirt all over you. It’s like eating a cookie stuffed inside a doughnut, which is awesome. It’s also got a nice, dark caramel drizzled over the top, which adds some depth.

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1. Lemon pistachio old fashioned

My favorite of them all. It’s really got a solid hit of pistachio flavor, with a nice hint of lemon on the finish. It’s crispy on the outside, and while it’s not nearly as citrusy as the vanilla-orange old fashioned, the mix of flavors is wonderful. I could eat two.

The latest doughnut shop to open is located directly across the street from standard bearer Glazed & Infused. The new spot also goes the creative route, with maple caramel bacon and peanut butter-banana varieties available, although we like the simple bluberry cinnamon roll and glazed versions.

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Venue name: Stan’s Donuts
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Address: 1560 N Damen Ave
Chicago
60622
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am–9pm, Sat-Sun 7am–9pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Damen-O'Hare. Bus: 50, 56, 72.
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Tastemaker

If you visit Stan's, you HAVE to try the maple caramel bacon donut. It's my favorite, although all of the others I've tried are amazing as well. They offer unique options, like the nutella pocket or captain crunch bismark. Each location feels very vintage and has a wall of colorful kitchen-aid mixers. Ask for a half dozen of their most popular options!

Tastemaker

I frequent Stan's more often than I care to admit. I bike past the Milwaukee store  on my way to work; but I often go to the Broadway location too. I have tried all the different kinds of doughnuts they make and have not been disappointed yet; although I do have my favorites. No matter what time it is, the staff is always friendly and helpful. Stan's is my favorite doughnut place in Chicago.


Only one word is needed to describe the emotions that flood my system when I think of Stan's: PISTACHIO

moderatorStaff Writer

These aren't the best doughnuts in the city (Doughnut Vailt and Do-Rite) but they are still really good doughnuts. Their late-night hours also give them a leg up on the competition, because what washed down a pitcher of margaritas at Big Star better than a sugar-loaded doughnut?


Everyone here is so friendly and the staff give bomb recommendations. It's totally worth the wait.

moderator

Stan's is a glorious doughnut heaven. SO GOOD. It smells amazing from the moment you reach the sidewalk out front. And this place is a well-oiled machine, as there's almost always a line. The staff is efficient and friendly, and you never feel rushed. You can scoot on over to the table beside the counter and enjoy that doughnut while your coffee cools down. I want to try all the doughnuts (but that might be impossible because there are always new ones to choose from!). Did I mention they look beautiful too?