OK, I had to do it. I have this deeprooted hatred of waiting in lines for things always thinking is this going to be worth it. Living just a few blocks away, I've gone by and seen the lines of people at 8:15 AM (before it opens) and always thought, really, waiting in line for a doughnut?
I will admit, I wait in line at Hot Doug's once a quarter or so. But Doug's specials change so there's always a shot at something off the hook.
Back to the doughnuts at the vault. On the way to work at 8:15, the line was only 15 people long and up to the corner, so I figured what the heck, I'll stand and read the paper. The line continued to grow around the corner and down Kinze 25 feet by the 8:30 opening time. By this point I've decided on the order--there are only 5 variations and at $2-$3 each no need for many more.
Now you're thinking, $3 for a doughnut, 25 minutes in line that goes around the corner, a sign that says cash only, and store hours of 8:30 until sold out . . . is this really worth it?
I slowly snake to the counter and finally I order 2 chocolate glazed with some sprinkles, oh sh!t, just give me 2 of each--10 total doughnuts. I admit it, only 9 made it to the office as I tucked into one of those old fashioneds on the way down Franklin.
This is not Dunkin or Hortons and the sugar bomb Krispies don't hold a candle. These are great doughnuts -- not greasy that I found to be more cakey than a croissant but more flaky than your corner Donut. You should try these, it's worth a little detour and a wait in lne. These delicious breakfast treats turned my office into a convenient stop by my colleagues on the way to get coffee all morning.
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618