|Coconut cream and lemon meringue doughnuts|
Like its nearby competitors, Firecakes opens at 8 AM and remains open until they run out of doughnuts. It also follows the simple door-and-counter layout - walk through the door, drool over the glass counter protecting the doughnuts, choose one (or a dozen) and walk out the door. The small interior is decorated with cream tiles and a frosted glass window, separating the standing-room-only space from the kitchen.
Who needs art when there is a glowing display case filled with gourmet treats? The more extravagant flavors include lemon verbena meringue with a toasted meringue topping, coconut cream and triple Valrhona chocolate cake. Traditional offerings such as the buttermilk old fashioned are perfect for dipping into La Colombe coffee.
68 W. Hubbard St.; 312-239-6500