I donut care what anyone says….donuts are one of the most amazing desserts to grace this earth and I’m just trying to live in a world where I can eat donuts every day and be happy. When it comes to donuts I have a few holy grail favorites- Boston Cream, Glaze, Strawberry Frosting, and Sugar. Recently..well for the past 6 months, I’ve been talking about eating a Boston Cream donut. By talking I mean telling Alec every day that I want a BC, but I won’t actually get one because honest to god if I feed into the addiction I won’t stop. No joke I have NO problem putting down 6 donuts in a sitting. BUT when my eyes stumbled upon Dottie’s Donuts while getting lost on the features page of Instagram, I knew it was time to relapse and give into my cravings.
Dottie’s Donuts has 2 locations, South 6th Street in Queen Village & West Philly’s Springfield Avenue. But this isn’t just your average donut shop, no no no people…imagine flavor experiences like cranberry, caramel cream, and pistachio taking over your taste buds and the best part… they’re vegan!
Sunday morning rolled around and I finally convinced Alec to come with me (the kid doesn’t eat sweets often….opposites attract right?) We hopped in an Uber and headed to the South Street location. Inside the small storefront, you’ll find a table, eating bar, and a few chairs. Some donut inspired art hangs on the wall and a classic Philly hipster vibe lends itself chic Pinterest worthy ascetic. In the back of my mind for some reason, I expected it to be a little rougher around the edges? More in your face? But was pleasantly surprised at how boutique chic and HGTV it felt.
There were about 10 donut/muffin options, coffee related items, and as I found out from eavesdropping… bagels. The flavor options change daily, so make sure you’re following them on Instagram.
5 flavors really caught my attention, but when my eyes locked in on the Boston Cream (even though there were more unique options calling my name) I had to get it. I mean really when you don’t shut up about a donut for months it’s almost a sin not to. Boston Cream it was! Alec got a cinnamon bun, and to share we got a Caramel Chocolate Pretzel because I needed to try one of their unique options and if Alec eats half I can’t feel as bad. The total was around 10 bucks. Obviously more expensive than your Dunkin’ Donuts options but you’re paying for fresh, good sized vegan donuts, so that’s a pretty fair price. And boy are they’re worth it, I promise.
The Boston Cream was wonderful. Obviously fresh, the dough was moist, the icing was rich and smooth, and the only time you could taste the difference that made it vegan was slightly, but barely, in the cream. (I mean Alec took a bite and didn’t notice.) My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough cream inside. While munching down on half the donut I was starting to think maybe vegan meant no cream! But once I finally ate my way to it, it was cravings fulfillment heaven.
Cinnamon bun time. It’s a solid cinnamon bun. I can’t say it was mind-blowing but the flavors were true to the great tasting classic, robust and sweet with the finger licking joy of a great glaze topping.
And now the flavor experience that originally brought us to Dottie’s, Caramel Chocolate Pretzel. Basically, this is a Boston Cream but with caramel filling and pretzels on top. Let’s get one thing straight…the caramel filling was out of this world. The flavor wasn’t overpowering but still buttery sweet. Each bite was filled with the perfect amount of sweet, salty, chocolate, and dough. Bliss people, absolute bliss. Mr. Alec who doesn’t like pretzels (crunchy items) mixed into his donut situations even said it was a really good donut and way better then he thought it was going to be.
Any donut diehards (or honestly any human) needs to experience Dottie’s. Treat yourself while convincing yourself that vegan donuts HAVE to be way healthier for you than regular donuts….. ENJOY!