more important, is there a better (tasting) and worse (health-wise) way
to start a day than a donut? One will lift the spirits, but nobody eats
just one. After six, the spirits are still high, but the body droops
uncomfortably toward the ground.
Still, we do not eat donuts every day.
are treats and, when one is treating oneself, one wants the best treats
available. Some swear by Krispy Kreme or any of the ubiquitous Daylight
Donuts tucked into shopping centers across the metro.
But if youre looking for something a little different, Oklahoma City has plenty to choose from.
Bakery, 1100 N. Walker, is the kind of place where you can buy donuts
and a birthday cake and a dozen cupcakes all in one stop. Its wares are
very traditional not a lot of hoopla here but still quite tasty.
also fresh-baked bread, if youre one of those toast for breakfast
people, and mini-sausage rolls, but this is about donuts, so stop trying
to distract me.
newcomer to the group is Route 66 Donuts, 8368 N.W. 39th in Bethany.
Here youll find all the usual donuts and toppings and one special
addition: the chocolate-glazed cinnamon roll.
texture of the roll is very much like a glazed donut, with a light,
airy center surrounded by a sweet, crispy shell. The normal
cinnamon-sugar glaze is hiding in the folds of dough and the chocolate
frosting on top works its way through, as well.
and cinnamon are not everyday friends. Chocolate is too much of an
alpha dog and cinnamon, while happy to be a role player, needs to be
able to shine alone. But when they team up, like on this donut, theyre a
force to be reckoned with.
A donut by any other name
Speaking of forces,
would you be interested in a Strong Pimp Hand? How about a Camel Toe?
These are pastries and they are available for purchase at Polar Donuts,
1111 N. Meridian.
Owner Younts Waters is
having fun with his business. That probably explains why everybody
working there is wearing a fedora and why hes not afraid to get a
the Pimp Hand and the Camel Toe are basically filled bear claws with
strategic shaping. More interesting is what goes into the donuts:
potato. Waters, taking a cue from the old Spudnuts brand, uses potato
flakes to give his donuts a signature taste and look.
Thats what makes us unique, he said. The potato makes sure the donuts stay soft and fresh all day.
unique offering at Polar Donuts is the glazed chocolate donut. Here,
the dough is chocolate flavored with the normal sugar glaze on top.
Theyre only available in the summer, so dont wait too long to try one.
Oh, and get an apple fritter. Seriously.
Theyre not as funny as the Pimp Hand, but they taste like apple-y heaven.
Theres also something to be said for accuracy in naming, and so far, no one has been able to prove that
Best Donuts, 2320 N.W. 23rd, doesnt have fair claim to the name. This
neighborhood gem is turning out glazed donuts that meet and exceed the
standard set by Krispy Kreme. Theyre delicate, delicious and addictive.
Best Donuts old-fashioned donuts for something with a little more heft
(especially the blueberry cake version), or my new favorite thing ever:
raspberry jelly-filled donut holes. If youre worried about the
donut-to-filling ratio, you probably worry too much. These are
But what if its late? What if the only donut places still going are the chains?
What then, imaginary problem-haver? What then?
you go to Republic Gastropub, 5830 N. Classen, and order some dessert.
Memes donuts are fried cake donut balls covered in cinnamonsugar and
served with chocolate, caramel and strawberry dipping sauces, based on a
recipe from owner Keith Pauls grandmother.
grandma would make homemade biscuit dough and fry donut holes tossed
with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, he said. Weve changed it up a
little bit. We dont do the powdered sugar, but weve added dipping
They were so
popular when the restaurant opened that nearly 75 percent of tables were
ordering them, which necessitated the installation of a second fryer.
Are they good? Yes. Yes, they are.
donuts will sate whatever urges you might be experiencing. Well not
every urge, but thats asking a lot of a donut, anyway.