I made a great detour on my donut journey on my New Orleans stop over at The Buttermilk Drop Bakery in the Seventh Ward. It was just earlier in the week I saw the news stories about the baker, Dwight Henry, and his acting role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
This place has a really cool vibe and a great stacked donut case. They don't have the most diverse selection available. There are mainly regular glazed donut varieties, a few alternate flavors mixed in. The buttermilk drop itself is a great alternative to the traditional donut hole. It's a large ball of buttermilk with the glaze, dropped down on top of it, running down the sides, and coating the ball. They're large and several bites larger than a donut hole but a great item. The buttermilk has a brown outer fried coat with a soft white center. I saw a little inconsistency between one drop to another. They were good but I saw the dough as a little sloppy in a couple and the glaze distribution lacking on some.
There is also lots of soul food dishes available along with breakfast sandwiches and platters. It really is a full service place. Coffee was being sold at a separate table on the side. Like they have another neighbor come in and sell the fresh coffee along with coffee and tea beans to go. It was a pretty cool little setup.
Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Cafe
1781 North Dorgenois Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Quick Score - 8 - Sweet vibe and great donuts.Donut Quality - 6 - The famed buttermilk drop was a little inconsistent, the regular glazed donut was just okay.
Donut Selection - 8 - Not a huge donut selection but huge quantities present.
Donut Freshness - 10 - Daily goodness
Service - 8 - Good counter help, busy place
Extras - 10 - Soul food kitchen too
Appeal - 11 - Extra point b/c of the great design murals on the ceiling inside the shop and on the roof outside, and the famous local baker/actor.
Emotion - 10 - Big emotional boost from being able to be at this place, it was remarkable.
Other's Rating - 9 - 4.5/5 average rating on Yelp
Price - 5 - Low prices
Donut Dunkability - 5 - Buttermilk drops add another dimension to dunkability.
Total - 90