Clear as day, I can remember my fourth grade teacher venting to the class about how much she disliked stores using purposely misspelled words in their names. Of particular frustration for her was the way in which doughnut was becoming donut. Some twenty five years later and I can’t remember the last time I saw a shop where it was spelled ‘doughnut’.
Spelling variations aside, I sure do love a good doughnut. Doughgasm was, after all, coined after I ate a particuarly wonderful doughnut. Since moving to Los Angeles last year, I have yet to find a really good doughnut shop. I’d wondered why LA didn’t have an answer to Portland’s Voodoo Donuts or San Jose’s Psycho Donuts.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, the LA foodie press was buzzing about the opening of a new shop in West Hollywood called Glazed Donut Bistro. Branding themselves as ‘Donuts for Grownups’ it sounded like they were making a play to fill that void (proud of myself for not going with ‘hole’) in the market. In addition to a bunch of creative versions of the traditional doughnut concept, Glazed Donut Bistro also has savory donuts such a fried chicken stuffed beignets and bbq pulled pork sliders served on doughnut-style bun.
Last Saturday, having waited for a pause in the Great Los Angeles Rainstorm of 2014, myself and Chris set off for the West Hollywood end of Santa Monica Boulevard to give Glazed Donut Bistro a try. The block in which it is located is quickly becoming a regular foodie cravings haunt for us. With Rounds Premium Burgers (review coming in the near future) and now Glazed Donut Bistro there, all they need is a dispensary and it would be munchies mecca.
Apologizes for the less than stellar photo of the Glazed Donut Bistro storefront. The rain had started to bucket it down again and I was trying to quickly get a shot without getting my iPhone wet. There are many things I would do for a good doughnut but killing my phone isn’t one of them.
Apparently, we weren’t the only folks that decided it was a good time to go on a doughnut run. When we got to Glazed Donut Bistro, there were barely any doughnuts left. They are still in their soft launch period and, according to Yelp reviews, frequently selling out. A quality problem for them. For us, it meant denial of the chance to try the s’mores doughnut. It was a photo of that doughnut on their website that got Chris in the car in the first place. So,boo!
We made the most of it and made up a collection of four doughnuts from what was left and headed home for some quality TV and doughnut time on the sofa.
We started off the box with their vanilla bean ring doughnut. It stands to reason that if a shop gets the most basic of doughnuts right then there is hope for their more complicated varieties. For me, this one was okay but nothing particularly spectacular. Difficult as it may be to dislike a vanilla bean glaze, it does have to be an especially good glaze to be noteworthy. Likely, it is much better when still warm but at room temperature it was simply satisfactory.
Chris added the chocolate doughnut. It is a chocolate cake doughnut that is then dipped in chocolate and topped with chocolate pearls for good measure. I only had a tiny bite of this one but it was pretty good. I tend to like yeast doughnuts better than cake. So, ‘pretty good’ is praise.
I didn’t get a taste of the sprinkled doughnut that Chris ordered. Nor could I find a description on their menu board or website for a sprinkled doughnut. Chris said it was good but beyond it looking pretty, I can’t fairly judge.
Glazed Donut Bistro’s PB&J doughnut,however, I am more than happy to judge. It was so good! I’m a peanut butter nut but it can be tricky to get right with anything baked. Often, the peanut butter takes on a burnt quality that is too far removed from the peanut butter taste that I love for me to truly enjoy it.
On this doughnut though, they got it right. The PB&J doughnut is a yeast risen doughnut that is filled with house made jam, dipped in a peanut butter glaze (such a sexy phrase!) and then sprinkled with honey roasted peanuts. By going for the honey roasted, they prevented any salt overload issues which may have occurred with so much peanut on peanut action.
I do believe that my doughgasm face came out for this one.
All in all, I see promise in Glazed Donut Bistro. It will be interesting to see what changes are made between their soft launch and their proper opening. If they listen to the feedback and get rid of the ‘meh’ varieties and work to nourish the more creative winners such as the PB&J then they should be on the right track. Hopefully, next time we get to try that S’mores doughnut!