Monday, March 05, 2012

A Donut Treat Near San Francisco's Moscone Center

Last week, I was in San Francisco for a conference at the Moscone Center. After discovering Beard Papa cream puffs the last time I was there, I made sure to scout out some other good eats during this trip.

One morning, I decided to get breakfast at Dottie's True Blue Cafe, a local institution with consistently great reviews. Frankly, I was disappointed; everything on my plate—including homemade buttermilk-dill toast—was fine, but not great. So, I skipped their baked desserts and headed into a donut shop I noticed a few doors down. Now, trying out a local donut place, especially one that also advertises fried chicken, is a bit of a gamble. But after following the sheep to disappointment at Dottie's, I figured I'd give it a try. I knew I was in the right place when I walked in and saw this:

 
I really wish I could have tried every variety, but I somehow forced myself to choose just one. I went for the maple-glazed old fashioned (second row from the top, right-most tray, left-most donut). The glaze was really a star here; it was thick and flavorful enough to be tasted along with the fresh fried dough flavor of the donut itself. The donut had a great texture, light and cakey, and melted in the mouth. By the time I finished it, I wished I had bought more than one, but by then I was at the conference center headed to a meeting. I probably won't be going back to Dottie's, but you can bet I'll seek out this donut shop again! Unfortunately, I didn't catch the name of the place, but it was about half a block to the right of Dottie's on Sixth Street.

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