Dynamo's Maple-Bacon Donuts for Grownups
If there's one lesson we hope you cherish from our Dunkin' Donuts Alternatives series, it's that donuts ain't just for kids anymore. Like their brethren cupcakes, donuts have reemerged as a complex treat that deserves to be taken seriously.
One shop leading the way in such cruller worship is San Francisco's Dynamo Donuts and Coffee, which tosses aside the grape jelly and powdered sugar in favor of what they call "donuts for grownups." They are more like fried cakes that pair better with espresso than assembly-line pastries for a quick coffee dip.
At their shop on 24th Street, Dynamo's counter-window looks out into Mission District and constantly draws a street-side line for their light and airy donuts, made from high-end ingredients like organic palm oil and Guittard chocolate. The fried treats are topped in decidedly adult flavors like banana dulce de leche, lemon thyme honey, and the far-and-away favorite: maple-bacon, which is almost always sold out shortly after breakfast time.
To score a pork-liciously tasty breakfast without all the hassle of frying up bacon, we recommend arriving at Dynamo's with the early morning crowd. These babies are best enjoyed while you're still bleary-eyed enough to not consider calorie counts.