Subway: Red to Grand; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart(312) 329-6500 firecakesdonuts.com41.890049 -87.630270 68 W Hubbard St (between Dearborn Pkwy and Clark St) River North, Chicago
Opens Mon–Fri at 7:30am; opens Sat–Sun at 8:30amAverage doughnut: $3
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.