Is it Legit? 5 Things You Need to Know About the Wonut
By Sarah Freeman
May 6, 2014
Photo by: Sarah Freeman
Half waffle and half donut: yes, you know we’re talking about the Wonut, the overnight culinary sensation that, for a second, made us think we could put Chicago on the hybrids map alongside other greats, including Dominique Ansel’s Cronut in New York. The new decadent treat is the brainchild of Alex Hernandez, who owns Waffles Café in Lakeview and the recently opened outpost in Streeterville.
The small waffle is baked and then fried, like a donut, then glazed and covered in toppings. The hysteria was prompted by an article on Thrillist, which was filled with images of waffle-shaped donuts hot out of the fryer and dripping with glaze. Since then, Hernandez has been cranking out 124 each weekday and 500 to 600 on the weekend starting at 5:30 AM.
To curb the chaos, Hernandez enlisted the help of his family, including his three siblings and his mother, who recently flew Wonuts out to New York City for an episode of The Chew. Despite the help, it would appear that Hernandez and his team running the small shops are hardly prepared for the hysteria, with demand far over-reaching supply and the quality of product being inconsistent at best.
Is the Wonut legit? We spent some time at Waffles Café in Lakeview to taste test the latest foodie craze.