Do-Rite Donuts – Chicago

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

Another day, another doughnut. Such is life while visiting Chicago! My third and final deep-fried adventure took me to Do-Rite Donuts, a chef-driven concept opened in early 2012 by Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan.

Previously, Chef Brennan ran the kitchen at three-star Michelin rated L2O, while Chef Mahin served as chef-partner at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, opening Stella Barra Pizza and M Street Kitchen in Santa Monica.

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

Do-Rite serves up to twelve varieties of doughnuts every day using premium and seasonal ingredients. As a bonus, the kitchen is supposedly equipped with only two small fryers, which means that the chances of receiving a warm doughnut on each visit are very good.

We stopped in one afternoon to a limited selection and not-so-warm doughnuts, unfortunately.

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

From the varieties on hand, we selected three of Do-Rite’s signature buttermilk old fashioneds. The doughnut’s unique “flowering” effect is achieved by flipping the dough three times during deep frying.

The first old fashioned was glazed with dark Valrhona chocolate icing…

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

…the second, a lemon old fashioned, was brushed with a tart lemon glaze and topped with house-candied zest…

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

…the third, a cinnamon crunch old fashioned, came dusted in a crumbly spiced streusel.

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

We also picked up a “Cinnamon Crunch,”  a yeast-raised cinnamon doughnut glazed and rolled in cinnamon streusel, for good measure.

Do-Rite Donuts - The Loop - Chicago

All four doughnuts were seriously solid, but none made my heart go pitter-patter. Next time, I’ll be sure to swing by Do-Rite earlier for the greatest selection, and possibly even warm doughnuts. Such is the life of a certifiable doughnut snob.

Hi, Esi! Hi, Britta!

Do-Rite Donuts
50 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-488-2483

It always comes back to doughnuts with me. Always.

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1 Response to “Do-Rite Donuts – Chicago”


  • Glad we got to hang, but agree that going earlier would have probably gotten us a better selection. Next time!

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