Monday, September 5, 2011

Doughbot Donuts Debuts

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vegan doughnuts

Generally the rule is you don't review a place right when it opens. But that's for restaurants who need to work out their dishes, service, timing, quality, etc. Doughbots is a new doughnut shop at 10th and W and right now, they just have the one raised doughnut dough that is used as the base for all the doughnuts.

Well, that's not exactly true. They have a regular and a vegan version of the dough. The doughs are light and fluffy and puff up in the fryer. From those doughs they make about six flavors using glazes and a filling. The flavors they opened with this weekend were cacao, raspberry, maple bacon, vanilla bean, apple fritter, and The Dude.


The Dude is their signature flavor. It  is a White Russian Bavarian creme-filled doughnut with a vodka Kahlua glaze, sprinkled with fresh ground coffee. (Although mine on Sunday was missing the coffee topping - which is fine since I don't like coffee.) I also don't drink alcohol and I wondered if it would have much alcohol flavor to it. I have a very sensitive tongue to it. Happily, it didn't. The flavors were very light. In fact, I could see kicking it up a bit for more impact. The creme filling was light and luscious.

On Saturday, opening day, I had tried the cacao and raspberry. The raspberry glaze is  bright red to reflect the fresh raspberries used to make it. They finish it off with a single, fresh raspberry sitting on top. For the cacao there is a dark chocolate glaze with cacao nibs sprinkled on top. I liked the crunch that the nibs gave to it for that extra bit of texture. 



It will be interesting to see how people will react to the price after the novelty of the opening wears off. The simpler doughnuts are $1.75 and the fancier ones are $2.00. This compared to Sacramento favorite, Marie's, where my powdered cakes are about 80 cents. 

I'm also curious to see what other flavors they come up with. The most important thing for me is - when will they add cake doughnuts? I'm a cake doughnut fan and any doughnut store has to be able to cater to both kinds of doughnut lovers. I suppose Krispy Kreme is famous for its raised doughnuts, but that's one of the reasons why I never went there. I look forward to the day when they add cake versions.

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