I hope you enjoyed reading my last post on the restaurants we went to, if you missed it you can catch it here: Chicago Restaurants. This post is about the awesome spots we went to for drinks, donuts, and of course coffee.
Stan has eight locations in Chicago and another in Illinois. I’ve visited two of the Chicago locations. This most recent visit was the first time I tried the coffee. Stan’s menu is a donut lovers dream! He does the basic donuts then he has practically another menu of speciality donuts, which includes yummy choices such as: captain crunch, pistachio glazed, coconut cake, creamsicle bar, chocolate pocket with Nutella and the list goes on! I ended up getting the coconut cake, cinnamon sugar pretzel and a mocha. The Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel donut was by far my favorite, it was soft in the middle and crispy when you bite into it. It has a good balance of cinnamon and sugar and they don’t skimp on either. The coconut cake was a great moist cake donut with lots of shredded coconut. It was kind of sticky, not from the shredded coconut it was almost like it had some sort of glaze on it. I wasn’t impressed with the mocha, it had a rich chocolatey taste, I didn’t get a lot of espresso coming through. It was kind of like I was drinking a really good hot chocolate. The shop we visited was super cute (and busy) I happened to look up and noticed they had donuts on the ceiling! Bottom line come to Stan’s for the donuts, try the coffee but maybe don’t get a mocha.
Address: various locations, we went to 181 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Is probably my favorite donut shop in Chicago (sorry, Stan). They have three current locations, with another opening soon in The Loop (happy dance), and they have Billy the Truck which roams the streets of Chicago-you can check their twitter for Billy’s location. Firecakes has some of your typical donuts but done a bit more sophisticated and they have a rotating seasonal menu, plus they have a selection of mini donuts. I went for the mini Valrhona Chocolate and espresso cream, a mini malted milk ball and a Belgian hot chocolate. The malted milk ball was a chocolate cake with milk chocolate frosting and a delicious whipped cream in the middle. The Valrhona chocolate and espresso cream was my favorite, the donut itself was delicious, it had crushed coffee beans on top and it was filled with the most amazing chocolate espresso whipped cream i’ve ever had! I wish this donut came full size so they could stuff it with more of the espresso cream. The Belgian hot chocolate was amazing as well, it was rich, creamy and had perfectly steamed milk. I usually prefer dark chocolate but this Belgian hot chocolate was definitely worth getting. The location we went to is standing room only, so we took our donuts to go. They also have two donut ice cream sandwiches that looks pretty amazing or you can build your own. If it wasn’t 32 degrees out I would have tried one. If you’re in Chicago make sure you stop at Firecakes and thank me later.
Address: 68 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Is located under Cloud Gate. Yes, you read that right, the concrete platform Cloud Gate is sitting on is actually the roof of the Park Grill. We stopped here on a whim, we saw a sign for half off bottles of wine and decided to check it out. We just sat at the bar this visit (the food menu looked amazing though) Michelle got a bottle of wine, I don’t understand a lot about wine so I can’t tell you what she got, I however got the Espresso Martini. It is made with Stolichnaya Vanilla, Patrón XO Cafe, Stumptown cold brew, and crème de cacao. It was strong, but good. I got a very strong vanilla taste with subtle coffee, which was strange to me because Stumptown is anything but subtle. Marlin was our bartender and he was so helpful! He gave us a list of great restaurants and rooftops to visit. Park Grill is definitely worth a visit, we wanted to go back but ran out of time, next time we’re in Chicago we’ll be back though.
Address: 11 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Is located on the roof of Chicago’s Athletic Association Hotel. They serve American food, organic wine and craft cocktails. My friend Alex recommended we come here and I’m so glad we did. We just sat at the bar and ordered drinks. I do want to come back here for lunch, the menu looked great! (someone sitting a couple seats over got the chicken sandwich and it looked so good) Their drink menu is split into potions, elixirs, apothecaries, tisanes, mocktails & spirit lists which made the experience a bit more fun. I got the Aperitivo! The description says: choose between cynar, campari or aperol and allow us to spritz it. I got it the way they recommend which is cynar, grapefruit and prosecco. This is one of those drinks that will get you in trouble because you can’t taste the alcohol, all I could taste was grapefruit, and it was delicious. It was probably the best drink I had on this trip. Before we left we headed outside to check out the view, they have an amazing view of Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain all the way down to the planetarium and museum campus! I can only imagine how busy Cindy’s get during the warmer months! If you’re looking for a great drink and what looks like great food, come to Cindy’s!
Address: 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
This is the ONLY coffee shop we stopped at and for good reason. Goddess offers a rotating selection of beans from their favorite third wave roasters. They serve pour-over and drip coffee, cold brew on Nitro tap ( which I’ve had, it’s amazing), and handcrafted espresso drinks made on their custom La Marzocco espresso machine. They have the largest pastry selection I’ve ever seen! Goddess has everything from cupcakes, croissants, cookies, brownies, scones, muffins, and probably what they are most famous for, their rainbow layered cake! If that wasn’t enough, they also have salads, made-to-order sandwiches, chili, mac and cheese, beer, wine and cocktails, they serve Zarlengo’s gelato and they have an impressive breakfast menu. Basically, Goddess and The Baker is all you need in your life: breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and amazing coffee. This visit I was just looking for a hot espresso drink to keep me warm as it was a bit windy out, which made it feel even colder then it was. I got a mocha (shocking, I know) It was delicious! They use a mocha sauce, I was watching the barista make it, she actually put the cup on a food scale and weighed it out to get the perfect amount. The espresso was perfect, the milk was aerated perfectly and it had just the right amount of sweetness from the mocha. The location we went to was busy so we didn’t stay long, I did notice a retail section and the famous “eat now caffeinate” neon sign on the wall but I have to admit I was more interested in looking at al of the amazing pastries they had in the case. There are two Goddess and the Baker locations in the city, another on Navy Pier and a fourth location coming soon to Brookfield, WI
Address: 33 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago or 225 N. Lasalle, Chicago
Is basically an Italian girl’s dream. It’s 2 floors, 63,000 square feet, it has 9 restaurants, 21 retail departments, 10,000 products (most of them imported) on-site production and 1 classroom. I’ve written about Eataly (click the link to read my last Chicago post) before so I won’t bore you with the same details, I noticed they did change a couple things, they added a cannoli bar (YES!!!) I had to get a cannolo (singular, cannoli is plural), it’s a traditional Sicilian cannoli made with ricotta I got one with dark chocolate chunks in it, it was pretty good, I also got a mocha from LaVazza that was fantastic as well.
Address: 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago
There you have it! Donuts, drinks and coffee! Have you been to any of the places in this post? If so what’s your favorite? Is there someplace I need to check out next time i’m in the city? Let me know in the comments!