Monday, March 3, 2014
Rate-A-Restaurant #312: Donut Friend
Restaurant: Donut Friend
Location: 5107 York Blvd. (Highland Park)
Type of restaurant: Donuts
We stipulated: The kids were having a sleepover at their cousins' house, so it was just Maria and I on Sunday morning. We decided to finally do some recon on Donut Friend sans kids.
They stipulated: "Donut Friend is a new take on the old donut. Rather than trying to guess what our customers want, we let them tell us what they want, and we make it for them, right before their eyes. Using the freshest ingredients we can find, locally sourced when possible, Donut Friend wants to redefine what a donut can be. At Donut Friend, we don't just do donuts. We Do Donuts Differently."
What we ordered: Maria -- Bacon 182 (Maple glaze and regular or vegan bacon on top of our traditional donut; $3.50) Mike -- Chocolate from the Crypt (A chocolate cake donut topped with chocolate glaze, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and chocolate shavings; $2.50)
High point: Not only were the donuts mighty tasty, but the coffee was great too.
Low point: I was really excited to try "Jimmy Eat Swirl" donut, but alas, it wasn't available.
Overall impression: The idea behind Donut Friend sounds intimidating. And for donut purists like myself, the idea of piling toppings on top, yogurt bar style, is a bit off-putting. But the Donut Friend folks have come up with some fascinating flavors, and there are ways to still keep it deliciously simple.
Will we return: OFTEN. (And next time with kids.) Must try every flavor! I will get fat.