I got an amazing introduction a couple years ago to the potato donut in Los Angeles at the Spudnuts Donuts on Venice Blvd. My return to the potato donut took place one wonderful Saturday in Charlottesville, VA at the Spudnut Coffee Shop.
|The Spudnut Coffee Shop in Charlottesville Virginia|
|View from the line|
|Rack o' spudnuts|
You can make potato donuts with potato flour, you can make them with an actual potato, mashed potato flakes, or there can be a mix of potato and wheat flour. The options for donut chefs are numerous but the end result is a lighter, fluffier, less dense donut. Potatoes are gluten free so you refrain from too much gluten development during the process, and you wind up with a nice pillowy core.
|Box o' spudnuts|
|Bag o' spudnuts|
|Got my picture taken w/Mr Spudnut!|
The spudnut lives on in America and a great reference list is over at Spudnut Info. I know for sure some homemade spudnuts will be created in the Donut Dogma kitchen.
Spudnut Coffee Shop
309 Avon Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Quick Score - 10 - This donut shop is a perfect iteration of the classic American donut.
Donut Quality - 10 - So tasty, so light, so wonderous.
Donut Selection - 8 - It's limited for a reason and they have the core types and that is great. I would love to have seen the potato recipe expanded to a long john style donut, maple bar, or a Boston creme.
Donut Freshness - 10 - There is no doubt these are the freshest possible, even a little warm.
Service - 10 - Friendly, fast, I'm not going to dock them anything for being cash-only, it would have broken the experience to see people paying with credit cards for donuts in there.
Extras - 10 - Breakfast sandwiches are available, coffee, hot chocolate, it is limited, but not a problem for me with the lack of non-donut extras since they are a spudnut purveyor.
Appeal - 10 - Great appeal from all the great experiences that come pouring back into me from all the different types of donut shops I've visited. They actually achieve a higher coolness factor for having no website.
Emotion - 10 - It was an amazing experience getting my first spudnuts in two years.
Other's Rating - 10 - It's a strong rating all over. Also long lines and selling out on a daily basis.
Price - 5 - Donuts are not pricey, very reasonable.
Donut Dunkability - 4 - These donuts are great for dunking, but I would have loved to have seen potato donut holes to make the experience complete for me.
Total - 97