Monday, November 11, 2013

Donut Friend (Highland Park)



Our order, boxed and ready to go.

These aren't your everyday donuts.

For my order, I decided to pick from their pre-set menu.

But if you wanna build your own, you have that option too. 

It's like a Pinkberry or Subway with all kinds of fixins for you to slather, drizzle, sprinkle, stuff and grate goodies onto.

See what I mean?



I mean, have you ever seen herbs in play at a donut shop? Mexican cinnamon sticks? Whole nutmeg? Sriracha?  Yup, Sriracha.

But like I said, I played it safe and went with their signature donuts on this visit.

Bacon 182 - Bacon, maple glaze.

Being a fan of bacon donuts, the Bacon 182 was a no-brainer.  It was delicious and now occupies the Silver Medal behind The LA Fair's Texas sized donut.

Jets To Basil - Goat cheese, strawberry jam, fresh basil, sugar glaze, balsamic reduction.

Because we set out to Donut Friend to satiate a chocolate lover's craving, I decided to order as many non-chocolate donuts as we did chocolate one.  This one was pretty good, tangy and somewhat light with the addition of the fresh basil.

Fudgegazi - Chocolate on chocolate in chocolate.

Sheer decadence.  Chocolate overload. It was my favorite donut.  Now, pass the milk!

Fudgegazi re-visited.  

   The Spanish Bomb - Manchego cheese, quince paste, almonds.

This donut reminded me of a cheese platter but in donut form.  It's not for everyone but definitely something worth trying at least once.  Perhaps not the first donut to try here though.  There are tastier options.

Chocolate from the Crypt - Chocolate cake donut, chocolate shavings, chocolate glaze and warming spices.

The addition of cayenne made this for me.  I'll call this Abuelita's donut.

 This was supposed to have been out "Lemon Weapon" but they botched up the order.  Instead, they gave us a "Drive Like Jelly" with added fresh basil - essentially a peanut butter and jelly donut.  This too was good.  Again, pass me the milk!

I thoroughly enjoyed my freshly fried dough and I'll gladly return to try the rest of their day.

 Luckily for us, on the Sunday afternoon we went, there was no line out the door.  But our experience was out of the norm, so be prepared to wait.  We ordered within 10 minutes of arriving and still had to wait 20 minutes for our "food."  These things take serious time to assemble and if someone ahead of you orders a few dozen to go, well...good luck.

 See you soon, my friend!

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