there's always room for another serving
“Was it worth the wait?” was probably the most common question being asked by customers waiting in line at The Doughnut Vault to those who had already purchased their morning snack. And yes, it was. We bundled up and headed over to the tiny doughnut shop around 915am to wait for, what I’ve only heard are some of the best doughnuts in Chicago.
We waited about 40 minutes – they sold out in about 2.5 hours – and left with 2 coffees and 4 donuts (from top left, clockwise): a vanilla glazed, a pistachio (today’s special), an old fashioned, and a chocolate glazed.
It’s important to note that there are two ways to spell this tasty pastry (donut or doughnut?) and the Vault’s doughnuts definitely live up to their spelling. Light, fluffy, and definitely doughy, they go perfectly with a warm cup of $1 coffee. Speaking of the coffee, wow! It was strong enough to stand up to the sweetness of the donuts without being bitter and perfect for dunking that old fashioned. I only wish we’d realized how BIG the doughnuts were. Then again, if we’d known we might not have ordered 4 and then I wouldn’t have gotten to sample everything. The pistachio doughnut had a coconut topping that was great, albeit a little overpowering. The old fashioned and chocolate glazed were tasty, as well, but the vanilla glazed doughnuts – our favorite – were just perfect. I love that you can see the specks of vanilla in the glaze, no fake stuff here.
Waiting in line was quiet, most people just talking amongst themselves. As people would exit the Vault, their arms laden with donut boxes and bags and coffee, the next person in line outside the door would open it for them to exit. Teamwork! When we entered the Vault – which is all of about 50 square feet – after waiting for about 30 minutes outside, we were surprised to hear “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Dog blaring. The girl behind the counter was bubbly and efficient, telling customers about the doughnuts while serving, calculating, and accepting payment (it’s cash only, FYI). We were in and out in no time, eager to Consume. and glad we went.