At the onset of 2013, I wrote a brief piece on some of the current food trends sweeping the nation. I’ll admit, it was partially a selfish endeavor as I hoped it would spark some interest in the community and we’d hopefully be able to see some (if not all) of these trends come to pass. Not simply to create a city that’s hopping on every food bandwagon that comes rolling by, but because I felt they were some things that would go over quite well in central Arkansas, and were developments that would definitely add some spice to our local foodscape. None of these trends are as near and dear to me as donuts. I’ve confessed my love for the greasy, fried dough rings before…many times. But there are some really spectacular things going on in the donut world—the breakfast pastry is no longer relegated only to the quick and easy boardroom breakfast, or the late night stakeout staple. Donuts are finally getting a touch of refinement and class. So where do we sit in Arkansas? We’ve got a ways to go, but here are a few places that only recently have decided to boast a more elegant selection of donuts:
The Southern Gourmasian: And lastly, a truck that never ceases to amaze, The Southern Gourmasian continues to offer their uniquely Asian spin on classic Southern American treats. In this case, the ever-popular apple fritter gets tweaked just a bit on the food truck's breakfast menu. Justin and the boys are taking bits of doughnut batter and spiking them with sweetened, chopped apple and just a touch of spicy ginger. This is dipped in the hot fryer until the dough puffs up and crisps to a golden brown—the hot fried dough is finished with a drizzle on caramel infused with slightly salty Japanese miso. They may only be doing one doughnut at Gourmasian, but when its sole offering is this good, one is all you need.
Will we be seeing more upscale donuts in the near future? I sure hope so. I know there are some who are generally against the fancification of the traditionally simple, inexpensive foods we are used to. But I’m a proponent of the modern donut revolution—it’s a movement that I hope continues to swell within central Arkansas.
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