Glam Doll Donuts
The Bellybomb – Mac & Cheese Donut
All Decked Out Girl Next Door – Havarti Cheese, Muenster Cheese, Brown Butter Crumble
A Sunday Kind of Love – Old Fashioned Cake Donut, Lemon Zest
Pinup Girl – Bourbon Infused Apple Fritter
Flirty Frenchie – Espresso Cream Cheese, Chocolate Icing Cruller
\School Lunch – Peanut Butter, Strawberry Jelly, Potato Chips
Marvelous Maven – Sweet Potato Filling, Caramel Icing, Horchatta Whip
Femme Fatale – Fresh Raspberry Curd, Vanilla Icing
Pucker Up – Lemon Cream Cheese, Vanilla Lemon Drizzle Cruller
Salty Doll – Brown Sugar Cream, Candied Grapefruit, Sea Salt, Caramel Cream
Raspberry Rose – Raspberry Icing, Rose Petal Crunch
Night Moves – Blackberry Hennessy Icing, Blackberry Jam, Brown Sugar Bits, Cake Donut
Dark Angel – Vanilla Bean Cream, Chocolate Icing
Calendar Girl – Salted Caramel, Chocolate Icing
Located at 2605 Nicollet Avenue South since 2013 and expanding to the Northeast in 2016 it was early Sunday morning that a visit was paid to Glam Doll Donuts, the supersized storefront at 519 Central Avenue largely empty though shelves were full of clever creations available in both Vegan and standard varieties.
Founded by Teresa Fox and Arwyn Birch, their self-described “happy place” surrounded by Pintrest ideas, pink chairs and white walls divided by floor-to-ceiling windows, it is with senses quickly saturated that guests are greeted by women standing behind glass cases where Donuts are arranged, each carrying its own price and description though cheaper by the dozen – or half – give larger orders added value.
Disappointed at first to realize Weekend Brunch does not begin until 10am, small print on the website overlooked and thus leading to a return later, it was finally settling on a dozen plus one complimentary that a seat was taken as music played overhead, the wait for a dish titled “The Bellybomb” proving worthwhile as molten Macaroni and Cheese poured forth from a fried ring with light herbs and great texture served on a bed of Potato Chips alongside its hole.
Moving next to a special, The “All Decked Out Girl Next Door” continuing savory but falling short of its potential as Cheese at the center was rubbery amidst a dull crumb, it was next that “A Sunday Kind of Love” also proved underwhelming, the Glaze pleasant but nothing about the Dough itself suggesting the use of Sour Cream or Buttermilk to keep the Cake from drying out.
Improving somewhat from here, a Fritter infused with Bourbon less crisp on the exterior than some but otherwise rife with Cinnamon and Apples, it was finally moving to Crullers that Glam Doll showed best, both “Flirty Frenchie” and “Pucker Up” proving light and eggy with the toppings also appropriately applied as not to weigh either down.
Interesting to see Potato Chips added to Glam Doll’s PB&J Bismark, an idea witnessed for the first time and done better at Mojo Monkey 24-hours prior, it was finally with the seasonal “Marvelous Maven” that a filled Donut performed well, a trend that would continue with “Femme Fatale” stuffed with tangy Raspberry Curd and the unexpectedly outstanding Salty Doll that uses Candied Grapefruit to tame the richness of thick Caramel Cream and Brown Butter Frosting.
Saving one Cruller for later, Icing and fragrant Streusel pleasant but not on the level of either whipped topping, it was once again that Night Moves proved Cake inferior to Yeast at Glam Doll, even Cognac and Blackberry Jam not able to keep the base moist while shop classics like Dark Angel and Calendar Girl both shined thanks to scratch-made filling surrounded by springy Dough.