I like to think I have a major in food, with an emphasis and focus on sweets. My two favorite classes being donuts and macarons. We can focus on macarons later, because today is all about a little donut shop deep in the city.
Have you been to Dynamo Donuts? No? Ok, either you go soon, or I don't think we can hang out for awhile. Oh you don't even like donuts? We're over.
I've had my fair share of donut encounters, but it wasn't until this point in my life that I have found my favorite (so far…). Dynamo Donuts is a small walk up counter deep in the Mission District on 24th Street. They serve yummy Four Barrel coffee drinks to accompany their array of uniquely flavored, and mouth-watering donuts. Their flavors vary by day, but I'm positive you could find something that will strike your fancy whenever you stop by. Some of their more popular selections include vanilla bean with a hint of orange, maple glazed bacon apple, burnt caramel, and lemon buttermilk.
I went for a sampler my first time, and tried the vanilla bean, burnt caramel, maple bacon apple, and chocolate rose. The vanilla and bacon donuts are my favorite, with burnt caramel coming in a close third. I always believe that trying the most basic flavor somewhere will give you an idea of how the rest of their flavors or combinations will be. Like cheese pizza at a pizza joint, or vanilla ice cream at an ice cream shop. In this case, the vanilla bean, with just the right amount of hints of citrus, reeled me right in to try my other picks. The donuts are yeasty, the perfect combination of crust and chewy, and have glazes that aren't too overwhelming, rather, the perfect 'icing to the cake'. I followed this mouth pleaser with the caramel, which is sure to give you a toothache (in a good way). The flavors are distinct and authentic, and getting caramel stuck in your teeth reminds you that eating a donut for breakfast does indeed make you a little naughty. Then to finish it all off, we have the over-the-top maple glazed bacon apple. The perfect glaze made it the best maple donut I've ever had, and the bacon. You know bacon makes anything better.
Milk or coffee are highly recommended to help wash down these delicious sweet pastry rings, and you can enjoy your breakfast sitting outside, or inside where they have small seating areas. The earlier you get there, the better, especially on the weekends, because certain flavors are sure to run our fast. Dynamo Donuts is located at 2760 24th Street (between York & Hampshire) in San Francisco, and is closed Mondays.
In addition to their Mission location (where everything is made), they have a small donut and coffee stand in the Marina down by the water. Getting here earlier on weekends is even more crucial since they only have limited supplies, but the coffee is always flowing. You can visit their stand on a sunny day down by the Marina Green at 110 Yacht Road (on the SF Bay Trail), and it is also closed Mondays.
Just like any food I take the time to write about, I recommend trying out one of these babies as soon as you can, and these may just change the donut game for you. Enjoy!
What other donut shops are your favorite? Let me know if you've been what your favorite flavor is!