When a James Beard Award Winning Chef opens up a doughnut shop, you better pay a visit. And pay you will because at almost four dollars each, you have to pay to play. But oh, the quality of the ingredients are like nothing you've ever found in a doughnut before. And the soft and fluffy, yeasty doughnuts and the homemade curds and jams inside will be something you won't soon forget either.
Just like her restaurant next door, Bateau, Chef/Owner Renee Erickson has created a bright space with not a single detail forgotten. When you walk in, you just want to look around at everything and take note, because it looks so special. Even the sugar cubes at the coffee station are unique, and if my family wasn't waiting for me in the car for their doughnut fix, I would want to stay awhile. Each day they offer six flavors and they sell out quickly. When you walk in, you'll see them displayed almost like jewels and you can see the sense of pride they have in their product. I chose five doughnuts for my family and I. I decided on two Lemon Curds, one Chocolate Marshmallow, and two Peaches and Cream. I also ordered an Americano coffee for my husband and I to share, because let's face it, nothing is better than doughnuts and coffee. I then paid for my treasures and headed back to our car.
After a trip to the park, it was finally time to head home and bite into those soft and sweet doughnuts. By then, we had waited long enough and we were all salivating. We shared all five so we could try the three flavors. The Chocolate Marshmallow doughnut was eaten so fast, it basically disappeared. The Lemon Curd doughnut was interesting because the lemon flavor was so strong and not neon yellow and overly sugary like other doughnut places. The Peaches and Cream filling was light and subtle. But we all agreed that those doughnuts were the fluffiest and softest doughnuts ever. General Porpoise, sign me up for more.