Mango Tango – Yeast Doughnut, Housemade Mango Filling, White Whip, Chamoy Drizzle, Tajin
Cinnasugar Face DoughCro
Golden Knight – Yeast Doughnut, Chocolate Frosting, White Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Drizzle
Sup Shorty – Yeast Doughnut, Housemade Strawberry Glaze, Strawberries, White Whip, Vanilla Drizzle, Graham Cracker Crumble
The Goodman – Old Fashion Doughnut, Vanilla Frosting, Gold Sprinkles
Orange Face DoughCro – Orange Frosting, White Whip
Flaming Redhead – Yeast Doughnut, Vanilla Frosting, Flaming Hot Cheetos
Goin Bananas – Yeast Doughnut, Mashed Banana Filling, White Whip, Chocolate Drizzle
The Caramelo – Yeast Doughnut, Vanilla Frosting, Caramel Cheesecake Filling, Caramel Chocolate Drizzle
Raspberry Squeeze – Yeast Doughnut, Housemade Raspberry Jam Filling, Granulated Sugar
Goin Nuts – Chocolate Cake Doughnut, Chocolate Frosting, Peanuts, Peanut Butter Drizzle
Key West – Yeast Doughnut, Vanilla Frosting, Housemade Key Lime Filling, White Whip, Crust Crumbles
Sticks in the Mud – Yeast Doughnut, Caramel Frosting, Pretzel Sticks, Chocolate Drizzle, Sea Salt
Buttermilk Bar with Streusel
Pooh – Chocolate Cake Doughnut, Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Frosting
Still celebrating the closure of Donut Mania, though another Instagram-fad has since popped up trying to convince west-siders to spend $9.85 on a Doughnut, it is great news for Las Vegas that Pinkbox recently opened a third location inside the former ACE Donuts on the corner of Tropicana and Fort Apache Road.
Recently settled into 9435 West Tropicana Avenue, a complex known as Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center, it is beneath familiar signage that guests will find Roberto Armanino’s concept that brought designer fried Dough to Las Vegas in 2012, and despite Roberto ceding some aspects of day-to-day management earlier this year the collection has continued to show a knack for risk taking without ignoring the technique that got them to where they are.
Not yet a 24-hour location like Lake Mead or Henderson, but featuring an equally amicable staff plus space to sit down, it is immediately on entry that guests will notice a diversity of choices ranging Classic to “Show Offs,” prices still a fraction of what one pays in other metropolitan areas and cheaper by the full, or half, dozen.
Focusing this visit on old favorites and recent debuts, the shutter of ACE depriving Sin City of an excellent Blueberry Fritter but Pinkbox stepping in to fill that void with a crisp and fruity version of their own, it was after this and one packed with Cherries that “Mango Tango” took center-stage, the combination of Tajin and Chamoy just enough to brighten otherwise excellent housemade Filling without trending too spicy.
Now naming every item in stock, Croissant-Doughnut hybrids dubbed DoughCro light and laminated whether rolled in Cinnamon-Sugar or topped with Orange Zest Icing and filled with White Cream like a Hostess Orange Cupcake, it is in reference to local things that both “Golden Knight” and “The Goodman” perform well, the former topping Pinkbox’s Yeast ring with White Chocolate Morsels and Peanut Butter while the second features an Old-Fashioned cog given added texture by gold Sprinkles and Icing.
Taking a seasonal cue with “Sup Shorty,” just $3 yielding a mountain of Strawberries and Cream on a fluffy round with Vanilla and Graham Crackers, the “Flaming Redhead” proves much more divisive by placing Hot Cheetos on a similar base, the idea best suited for #thegram while Buttermilk Bars with and without Streusel are less photogenic but world-class and a persistent example of Pinkbox’s commitment to doing things the right way.
Further improving the line-up with housemade Fillings, minimally-sweetened Banana Pudding noteworthy in a genre where artificial flavoring is far too frequently seen, Raspberry Jam complete with Seeds remains another highlight as does thick Caramel Cream Cheese and the completely re-invented “Key West” featuring vibrant Lime Gel beneath Crust Crumbles and Whipped Topping.
Saving Chocolate for the finale, Pinkbox’s Cocoa-infused Cake more moist than remembered beneath two textures of Peanuts, it is on a Yeast footprint that the sweet and savory combination of Pretzels, Caramel and Chocolate are offered while the now-iconic Poomoji named “Pooh” delights as much in taste as it does in appearance thanks to soft Ganache and smooth Buttercream.
FIVE STARS: A fan of the staff and fried Dough at ACE it was a little sad when the store closed, but leave it to Las Vegas’ best Doughnut shop to step in and fill the void with old favorites and fun new ideas at prices less than a third of what some places are trying to convince guests is appropriate.
RECOMMENDED: Cherry Fritter, Mango Tango, Golden Knight, Sup Shorty, Orange Face DoughCro, Buttermilk Bar with Streusel, Raspberry Squeeze, Key West, Pooh.
AVOID: The Flaming Redhead is most certainly an “acquired taste.”
TIP: Mon-Thu 5am-2pm and Fri-Sun 5am-5pm, 10% off six and 20% discount on a dozen.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.