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Feb 15, 2013 07:52 AM

Anyone been to Union Sq. donuts?

Haven't noticed it mentioned but maybe I missed it. Very curious.

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  1. Their permanent shop just opened this week. Stop by and let us know how it is.

    1. I was there at opening yesterday. Definitely worth a visit! The donuts are yeast-based - very light, as far as donuts go. I tried the chocolate chipotle, maple bacon, and orange ginger cream. My favorite was the chocolate chipotle; it was simple and not too overwhelming in terms of sweetness. (I would have loved it to be spicier, but I'm kind of addicted to spicy things.) The others were both excellent as well but more decadent. I'm a bit worried about their survival with donuts priced at $3 ($3.50 for the maple bacon), but I found the quality to be well worth the price.

      Also on the menu: Spindrift sodas, coffee, dulce de leche cinnamon buns, Ocean Ave Pops, and a couple other donut flavors.

      7 Replies
      1. re: blumiethekoala

        Awaiting the comparison to Donut Plant...

        1. re: emannths

          I was there literally moments ago. Bought the last chocolate chipotle, plus 1 ginger cream (baked), and 1 dulce de leche sweet roll. They were out of the maple bacon.

          Only tried the chocolate chipotle so far, but it has little to no spice or smoke flavor. Basically tastes like a dense, challah-like yeast donut frosted with milk chocolate. It's not bad, per se, but it did not wow me. Also, I found it quite greasy for a yeast donut. Maybe oil temp was too low.

          I also feel like a damn fool knowing I just spent NINE DOLLARS on 3 donuts.

          Something about this place has the potential to be fodder for Portlandia episode.

          Ill report back on the others after dinner. :)

          1. re: Prav

            Prav- saw your post on their FB page - $3/donut? That's insane. Please report back on the dulce - and yeah, totally reeks of Portlandia!!!

            1. re: sallyt

              The Dulce tastes like any other sweet roll. No real DDL distinct flavor of burnt/caramelized milk or sugar. Just tastes like any ordinary sweet roll from your average Shaw's. Highly disappointed. There is about 1/4 of it left on the plate sitting on the dining table and it's 4:15am and this never happens at my place.

              1. re: Prav

                I happened to be in the area, so stopped by today. Couldn't agree more about the DDL role- NO caramelization at all. Chocolate chipotle was delicious, but for $3? No thanks.

            2. re: Prav

              Well, given that every one of those flavors started at Voodoo Donuts in...Portland...

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                They should put birds on their donuts. That'll make them special.

        2. Prav must have beaten me by minutes: no chocolate chipotle when I stopped by this afternoon. I got the orange ginger cream and the chocolate almond. Both were surprisingly light which I liked. The orange ginger cream was delicious even though I normally don't like orange flavoring. The chocolate almond was ok, in the way something turns out as you expected and no more.

          The price is a bit too steep to make it a regular spot. But I'd like to go back and try the maple bacon out of curiosity.

          There's a couple of 20-minute parking spots right outside the front entrance, as well as some street parking around, but there's piles of snow as you might expect. No seating inside as far as I can tell. There was a table in the middle of the interior, but I think it's just for the staff to prep/unwind.

          1. Great donuts! Steep price indeed, but very delicious. I had a chocolate chipotle (not my fave, but good), maple bacon (will haunt my dreams) and the dulce de leche cinnamon bun (sweet and wonderful). This will be habit forming...

            1. They will be closed this wkend per Eater Boston.