Do-Rite Donuts: Fried Chicken And Donuts Come Together in Streeterville

Do-Rite Donuts: Fried Chicken And Donuts Come Together in Streeterville
Do-Rite Donuts Photo by Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune

Do-Rite Donuts is doing it right at their new Streeterville locale that opened Friday at 233 E. Erie St.  The new digs, Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, has added fried chicken sandwiches to its menu (this location only).

The fried donuts and chicken combo--sure to touch the hearts (and souls) of Chicago's comfort food junkies--offers the perfect fuel to navigate another Windy City winter.

The popular artisan donuts, that have been selling like hot cakes at Do-Rite's walk-up/stand-up Loop location at 50 W. Randolph for over two years, are now available, along with the chicken, at their new Erie St. digs where they can be enjoyed sitting down at the counter or outside on their 40-seat patio.

In addition to the donuts and fried chicken sandwiches (offered in original or spicy versions), Do-Rite serves breakfast sandwiches at their Erie St. site.

Former three-star Michelin rated L2O chef Francis Brennan along with rising-star chef Jeff Mahin (who first met while working together at L2O in 2007) and Mark Tormey is the trio behind the Do-Rite venture. The Do-Rite magic was actually conceptualized while Brennan and Mahin were creating a doughnut-inspired dessert for the L2O menu at that time.

 Their award-winning donuts can now be enjoyed almost guilt-free to the extend any donut can be guilt-free.  The handmade beauties are the real deal--no gimmicks, no over the top creations, just fresh, top-quality ingredients. Signature recipes include Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Maple Bacon Cruller and Valrhona Chocolate Glazed.

Do-Rite Chocolate Old Fashioned is one of approximately 12 choices offered. Photo credit, Anjali Pinto

Do-Rite Chocolate Old Fashioned is one of approximately 12 choices offered. Photo credit, Anjali Pinto

As for the chicken, Do-Rite hits a bulls-eye with hormone-free, fresh, range-free chicken breasts soaked in house pickle brine before being breaded and fried.  Each sandwich is prepared to order.

Gluten Free…no sweat.  Gluten-free and vegan offerings are available at both locations.  Here's what Katie M. of Auburn, CA had to say on Yelp about the gluten-free donut she enjoyed at Do-Rite's Loop location.

"Stopped here for my first fresh from the fryer doughnut in over 10 years, to have their gluten free chocolate doughnut: it was life changing! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewie inside, still warm so the chocolate icing was soft :) perfection! Thank you for making my trip to Chicago epic with this fantastic deep fried experience! I want more!!!"

Beverages include hot and iced coffee by local roaster Dark Matter Coffee plus a full menu of espresso and cappuccino drinks such as the Mexican Chocolate Mocha with dark chocolate and cayenne pepper.

An open kitchen allows customers to see every step of the action, from mixing the donut dough to forming to frying.  Inside eight counter seats accommodate diners. Outside, tables and chairs are available on a two-level covered patio that seats 40.

Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken is located at 233 E. Erie St. and is open for breakfast and lunch daily starting at 6:30 a.m.

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