FAT KID MOMENT: Glam Doll Donuts
By Elyse Ash
The simultaneously BEST thing and the WORST thing in the world happened to Brad and me two weeks ago.
A donut shop moved in two blocks from our house.
I’m a sucker for donuts. Always have been, always will be. They are easily my favorite breakfast pastry (sorry, croissants—nice try), but I rarely ever eat them.
Since Glam Doll Donuts moved in two weeks ago, I’ve already eaten 5 donuts (so much for looking trim this summer).
Glam Doll Donuts is absolutely darling. Located in Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood, it’s quaint, kitschy and imperfectly charming. The ceiling is a bright Pepto pink and big windows overlook Nicollet Avenue. The furniture is vintage and an old-timey photobooth sits in the rear of the shop. Interesting tiles speckle the floor and miniature floral arrangements pepper the tables.
The ladies who work there are helpful, patient and quick to offer ordering tips. Oh. And they also ALL look like pin-up girls—tattoos, curled hair, bright lipstick, aprons. They’re all channeling their inner Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger Than Fiction.
So Brad, Jackie and I walked over this past Saturday afternoon to do a bit of taste testing. It was a cold, rainy, very dreary afternoon—definitely not walk-around-weather. The place. Was. Packed. It was teeming with people—groups of friends enjoying coffee, families with small kids, freelancers clicking away on their laptops. There was so much energy. And so few donuts!
It was our fault. We cockily rolled in around 1pm, thinking we’d have our pick. But there were slim pickings—no biggie! We still got to sample 4 different donuts (and the girls were busy baking fresh ones anyway). And here’s what we thought:
1. Bombshell – Pecan & Mexican Chocolate
This filled donut was absolutely beautiful when we cut it open. Warm, rich Mexican chocolate oozed out and we all oohed and ahhed. It definitely had a spicy kick to it (the cayenne pecans probably added to that) and was delicious for those of us who like Mexican Hot Chocolate.
2. Scream Queen – Chocolate & Caramelized Bacon
This one was a cake donut with thick, chocolate frosting and caramelized bacon on-top—fairly simple, considering this place also boasts Sriracha-flavored donuts. It was interesting to see frosting on top of a cake donut, which seemed unusual to the three of us. The flavor was great but it was a touch on the stale side. To their credit, we were eating at 1pm and really…what kind of people expect fresh, flaky, warm donuts out of the oven at 1pm? Entitled people. That’s who.
3. Showgirl – Maple Icing & Bacon
This raised donut was really sweet. I think Jackie and I enjoyed it a bit more than Brad who deemed it too sweet. But us ladies thought the flaky, glazy texture paired nicely with the saltiness of the bacon. Bravo!
4. Girl Next Door – Provolone & Munster Cheese with a Curry Glaze
So there were a lot of this kind left and in an otherwise empty pastry case, I think it was fair for us to be a bit skeptical. The woman behind the counter told us it was yummy—just a savory donut, rather than sweet. Inside was a chunk of mild, soft cheese and a curry glaze wrapped around the outside. It was very flavorful, for sure. I think I’m just more of a traditionalist when it comes to donuts (although I was totally on-board with the bacon addition!) It was definitely not the favorite.
This place has huge potential. It’s already wildly popular and it’s only been open for three weeks. They still have some kinks to figure out—but the spirit of the location, the flavors and it’s word-of-mouth popularity is all very promising.
I’m curious to see how the menu twists and changes with time, and if it becomes a workplace neighborhood staple like Spyhouse Coffee, Dunn Brothers and Bob’s Java Hut. It’ll be interesting to see if it can keep all this momentum going. How often are people going to be craving donuts? And how big of a profit margin can donuts yield? I hope they’re seeing some great numbers though. They really deserve it. And I’d love for them to stick around long enough for me to go up a couple more jean sizes (half kidding?)
Glam Doll Donuts is located at 2605 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 - click here to learn more
Photographs by the lovely Jackie Meisel