Who could have guessed that the humble doughnut would give the DMV’s abundant cupcake shops a run for their money? Believe it or not, it’s true. With at least four doughnut shops opening soon, and countless restos now serving their own tasty renditions, it’s safe to say that Homer Simpson’s beloved treat is having a moment.
And, we’re not just talking about the typical glazed variety, either — we’ve found mouth-watering variations in flavors that you would never have imagined. Our expert list of doughy destinations includes fried chicken-and-doughnut combos, next-level fillings and toppings, and wide range of cultural interpretations. So, put on your stretchy pants and get ready to dig in.
Zeke’s D.C. Donutz
This graffiti-emblazoned shop opened last week, debuting flavors like bacon-peanut butter, passionfruit, and Mexican chocolate with ancho-chili glaze.
Zeke’s D.C. Donutz, 2029 P Street NW; 202-822-6200.
District Doughnut and Coffee
Offering flavors such as cannoli, caramel-apple-streusel, and coconut-lime, this shop currently caters and delivers to locations throughout the DMV. A brick-and-mortar shop is set to open in June.
District Doughnut and Coffee, no address yet; 571-215-6122.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
Crème brûlée, pistachio, and Saigon cinnamon doughnuts, served with buttermilk fried chicken on the side? Yep, it’s a real thing — and it’s really delish. If you haven’t been caught an Astro Doughnut pop-up shop yet, you can place orders for catering and delivery currently; a retail shop is set to open in Metro Center at the end of this month.
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, 1308 G Street NW; 202-809-5565.
Short for “golden, brown, and delicious,” GBD will be popping up at Birch & Barley until its upcoming opening. The outpost will ultimately feature a tasty mix of doughnuts and fried chicken, as well as an evening cocktail bar menu.
GBD, 1323 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-555-5555.
Photos: Courtesy of Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken; District Doughnut and Coffee