Donut lovers rejoice! The Dancing Donut opened its doors Friday, April 3rd at 1134 East 54th Street in SoBro. The Dancing Donut is the brainchild of Kate Bova Drury, owner of The Flying Cupcake. Could customers handle her creative, kitschy brand of confection before their first cup of coffee? I was about to find out.
When I arrived at The Dancing Donut a few minutes before their 7 am open time, the line already stretched out the door and into the parking lot. There’s no missing the cheerful, smiling donut sign atop the store. I couldn’t help but notice what an ideal location for a donut shop. Just steps from the Monon Trail and several popular breakfast spots, I can imagine families stopping off for a snack in the middle of a bike ride or grabbing a donut while waiting for a table brunch table on Sunday morning. Oh, and it’s two doors down from a gym, so you won’t have far to go when it’s time to work off those donuts.
Once inside, I was charmed by the atmosphere and décor. The walls were lined with familiar paintings that you might see in a waiting room or your Grandmother’s parlor, except with colorful donuts tucked in unexpectedly. In addition to ample tables and chairs, there is a counter with four stools in front of a window that looks into the bakery, providing a place for curious patrons to watch all the donut making action. Overhead, two disco balls twinkled.
As I approached the glass bakery case, I had a difficult decision to make: which of their many flavors would I try? With tongue-in-cheek names like the Carmelo Soprano—a chocolate filled long john covered with caramel glaze--and the Fritta ‘staire—an apple fritter, I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices. My partner in crime and I settled on a Brown Butter Crumble—a yeast donut topped with brown butter frosting and a crunchy sprinking of brown sugar, the Lemony Snickett—a lemon filled yeast donut, the Jelly Rippa—a strawberry jelly covered in sweet powdered sugar, and the Kevin Bacon—a long john topped with maple icing and crisply fried bacon. Four donuts and two large Intelligentsia brewed coffees, my total came to right at $16.
As I bit into each of the four pastries, I was delighted by the light, fluffy texture. The donuts were delicate enough to be delicious on their own yet still able to stand up to the bold flavors of the toppings and fillings. The bold coffee was the perfect compliment to these morning treats.
The Dancing Donut prides itself on serving “donuts so fresh you’ll blush.” While a visit to this SoBro bakery might not make you blush, you’ll certainly be smiling. Whether you sashay, waltz, or shimmy, get to The Dancing Donut for a delectable breakfast treat.
The Dancing Donut
1134 East 54th Street