Monday, June 18, 2012

The Doughnut Vault: Worth the Wait

Hi there, friends (and other peeps)!

Rachel, here.

Kristen and I are very excited to share our first blog post with you. It was only appropriate we experienced the deliciousness that is The Doughnut Vault, together (and with family!) this past weekend.

We'd both been hearing about this literal tiny vault of awesomeness in River North since its opening over a year ago. And with my brother Keith visiting, I thought it would be a great time to finally put their doughnuts to the test.

So Kristen and her husband David met us there at 9 a.m., half an hour before it opened. We were greeted by a line that was already wrapped around the corner of Franklin. This was expected, though. And a big pro to waiting in line was that it was solid time to catch up with one another, (where we also ran into David's friend Ed!)

It was a hot Saturday mornin - there were impatient kiddos and parched puppy dogs, who, if they could speak probably would have said, "These doughnuts better be worth it." ;)

And they were.

We made it to the Vault's doorway after about an hour of waiting in line, relieved to find there were still many donuts left! When it was my turn to order, I went for the Glazed Vanilla, a Buttermilk Old Fashioned, and of course, a coffee. 


Kristen and David went for a variety of the Glazed Vanilla and Chocolate, a Grape Jelly, a Buttermilk, and the special Coconut.
Suffice to say, we all agreed the wait was worth it. I'm not a food connoisseur, but trust me: Once you bite into that doughy goodness, you know they're special.

A few other things to love about this place:

Its aesthetic. You'll find Kristen and I really do appreciate all kinds of design - graphic, interior, fashion, etc. And The Vault's style is definitely one of my favorites.

The urban vintage with gold and blue touches. From their signage to their ornate doorknobs, mirrors, and chandeliers. Their rubber-stamped "identity." Their blue door with the "love letters / hate mail" humor. AND their 90s hip hop bumpin' behind the counter was a totally appreciated combo - they care about our experience there, but don't take themselves too seriously. (We were pretty giddy, as you can see below. Thx for the photos, David!)

We lucked out and were able to snag ourselves some seats at the Vault's  single table (a gorgeous one of reclaimed wood) where we took those doughnuts in!

Another element that surprised me (and struck my sentimental heart) was their vintage cash register, built (and invented!) in none other than my and Keith's hometown: Dayton, Ohio. (A little trivia, yo!) 

So - if you love fresh delicious donuts (who doesn't?) and don't mind getting up early on a Saturday (or weekday), visit The Doughnut Vault with good company.   

Below is a video they produced. Yes, please! 


Yes! Thanks for the love!

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