Just when I was getting sick of the term “hand-crafted cocktail” (as opposed to what….a foot-crafted cocktail?) along comes Firecakes Donuts, described as “an upscale, hand-crafted donut shop.” Even though the term “hand-crafted cocktail” might be just a teensy bit overused, hand-crafted donuts sound like something that I can firmly stand behind.
Now open in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Firecakes offers made from scratch, small-batch donuts, using traditional recipes with unexpected, creative twists. Executive Chef/Proprietor Jonathan Fox (La Madia) draws inspiration from his nostalgic memories of eating donuts throughout his childhood.
Firecakes recreates that same comforting experience on the opening menu with 10 different donuts (yeast and cake), including: honey glazed; buttermilk old fashioned; triple Valrhona chocolate; lemon verbena meringue; chocolate hazelnut long john; butterscotch praline; coconut creme; classic jelly; chocolate iced; and apple fritter.
Seasonal “donuts of the month” will be added to the menu, but if it were up to me, I’d call it a day and just make dozens of extra triple Valrhona chocolate donuts, made with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and cocoa nibs. It’s rich but not ”I feel sick after eating this” rich and just sweet enough to be the perfect partner to a cup of La Colombe coffee. Because the ingredients in these donuts are highest quality, they’re satisfying enough that you’ll stop at one. Or maybe two. And a half.
Like other area donut shops, Firecakes opens at 8 a.m. everyday and will remain open until the donuts (available to-go only) are sold out.
Firecakes Donuts, 68 West Hubbard Street. For more information call 312-329-6500 or visit online.
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