~KandN & Liseanne
UPDATE: Donut Cafe's location is empty. If you have any info, please let us know. Thank you!
Look what I stumbled upon at Cherry City Plaza on 4683 Commercial St SE--where J.J.'s Deli used to be and one door down from where the new Sushi Kyo will soon open.
This morning I only had time to run in and ask permission to take photos, but when Lise came over after work she twisted my arm for a chance to give their donuts and coffee a try.
They have two regular coffee blends, Kona and Northwest. Both of the coffees have a smooth, nutty flavor, but are weaker than I like. Funny thing is though, they were excellent with the donuts.
My first impression of their donuts? They're light and not overly sweet--both positives in my book.
Here's Lise's input:
When I look at a donut place I want to know if they meet my requirements for a good donut place. Here is my list of qualifications and how Donut Cafe matches up.
1. Do they serve good coffee?
Yes, the coffee is fresh and good quality, though weak for my taste.
2. Are they open early and late?
This is still an unknown. Donut Cafe had no visible posting of their hours yet.
3. Are the donuts fresh?
One of the colorful signs in the cafe said the donuts were fresh, and it being their grand opening I sure hope they were fresh. We will see how they progress as they stick out the initial phase of opening a small donut place.
4. Do they have tasty plain donuts?
I only like plain donuts, call me weird. I prefer the fried soft dough, lightly sugared. Donut Cafe didn't have these exact donuts, but they did have what they called "raised sugar" donuts. They were light, but a little dry...but they have large shoes to fill as I compare all soft-dough donuts to Krispy Kream. The rest of their selections were frosted or glazed, not really plain or powdered.
5. Are there innovations or new takes on old favorites?
Donut Cafe does put some interesting touches into their donuts. Their frosting on the cake donuts is not too sweet, and you can tell it's flavored. The chocolate tastes like real cocoa and the sugar glaze on the Old Fashioned tastes creamy and buttery with a hint of lemon. The highlight of their donuts has to be the fresh Devil's Food Cake donuts. Our choice had chopped nuts and chocolate frosting. It was soft moist, not too sweet and just delicious.
I'd give them 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) overall, and that could go up by a star if their hours of operation are in the range of 5am/6am to 8pm/later. We won't know though until they post them. I'm going back for the Devil's Food, no matter what their hours are.