In the neighborhood of Wicker Park, along Damen Avenue, something magical happens: two donut shops reside directly across the street from one another. So one has to ask: which does it better?
About Stan’s: 50-year-old LA-based donut shop moves to the Midwest. The decor is adorable, they have a large variety of freshly-baked sugar-filled goodies, and they serve the ever-wonderful Intelligentsia coffee.
About Glazed & Infused: Chicago based company with multiple locations around the city. This particular location differs because they share space with another restaurant, so it’s really just a grab and go kind of spot. Unfortunately that means they close early and RUN OUT of donuts. Like the popular bacon maple long john. But in the summer, they have window service.
Results: We put four donuts from each location to the test, attempting to compare fair and equally by flavor and type. In the left corner we have Stan’s: Coconut Cream, Orange Old-fashioned, Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Pocket and Bacon-Maple. In the right we have Glazed & Infused: Crème Brûlée, Old-fashioned, Crunchy PB&J and Lemon Coconut. While all of the donuts were delicious—let’s face it, they’re donuts—the winner is Stan’s. Hands down. More choices, more filling in the center, better atmosphere, similar price (which is fairly expensive averaging $3 a pop but hey. Donuts are in.) That’s that.