The Brains were gone by the time I fought through the herds of walkers waiting to get their claws on the unique flavor combos and well-baked donuts of Spokane's newest sensation: Dawn of the Donuts. Perched at he top of the Division Street hill, the owners have combined their loves of both fried pastry and all things zombie.
The line wasn't too bad. I only waited about 10 minutes at 8 o'clock on a Wednesday morning. I did notice that, on that morning, the drive-thru wasn't busy at all. If you don't need to go into the shop to soak up the undead ambiance or to see the amazing donuts for yourself, use the window.
Now for the important part: DONUTS! The creative folk who decided that Spokane has neither enough zombies, nor enough donuts, have worked overtime to come up with unique and fun flavor combinations. On this morning I tried three flavors: a glazed old-fashioned, Michone and The Governor. I loved the old-fashioned. It was baked beautifully with a crispy outside, moist cakey interior. The glaze was just right in thickness to lend another layer of flavor. The Michone was a raised donut with vanilla frosting and Oreo crumbles. I only had a bite of this, as it was my hubby's goody. It was yummy. Hubby said he thought it was going to be too sweet, but it wasn't. Well balanced. The one we both tried and liked was The Governor (it's just a nickname that stuck somehow...yeah riiiiiight) a bacon garnished maple bar. Or is it maple bar garnished bacon? Either way, it's delicious. The bar was well-baked and flavorful. The maple frosting thick, smooth and well flavored. The bacon was thick sliced and well cooked. We've had similar bars elsewhere where the maker used those slices of pre-cooked bacon. Not here. It was real bacon and tasted like it.
Other flavors go by the names of popular characters and creators in the zombie-verse. Current flavors include: The Rick (cap'n crunch covered), Bruce Campbell (covered with Butterfinger crumbles), Brains (a raspberry drizzled apple fritter) and the Zombie (a raised bar filled with raspberry and topped with chocolate). They also offer Vegan donuts and are adding more flavor combos all the time. The menu can change daily.
The donuts are priced at $1 each for regular favors (cakes, bars, vegan) and $2 for the deluxe topped donuts. I thought the prices were quite reasonable. There's an unusual level of craft involved here. If you're used to grocery store donuts and their prices, these are in a different class altogether.
The interior is small, having recently been a Papa Murphy's take and bake pizza place. Inside you'll find zombie movie posters, and a zombie mascot who's currently looking for a name.
Dawn of the Donut is filling a need in Spokane for good donuts done creatively.
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