There's a food truck for just about anything in Houston. Burgers and fries? You bet. Cupcakes and sweets? Heck yeah. Mexican food? Of course! Asian food? Absolutely. Mexican-Asian fusion? No doubt. Doughnuts? Not so much.
If there's one thing the Houston mobile dining scene lacks, it's breakfast options. More specifically, doughnuts. But, thanks to Doughmaker Doughnuts, Houstonians have another local place to pick up gourmet offerings for their first meal of the day, or for an early afternoon snack (if the truck has anything left).
Doughmaker Doughnuts kicked off its first service a few weeks ago. It has set up shop at Watershed Market, Midtown Mobile Cuisine, Black Hole Coffee House and Mercantile in Montrose. The dark-gray food truck serves a variety of beautifully decorated doughnuts, as well as coffee and cold-press milks from local vendors. After a few visits, we've observed that the doughnut lineup is usually this: toasted coconut caramel, turbinado sugar cinnamon, blueberry lemon, orange blossom-honey pistachio, bourbon vanilla bean cardamom and salted caramel apple. They are yours for $2 each, and according to one of the food truck employees the doughnuts rotate between being baked and fried.
During my visit at Mercantile in Montrose, the truck was serving baked cake doughnuts only. After grabbing our Americano and latte from the newest Mercantile location, (both fantastic espresso drinks), my mom and I moseyed over to Doughmaker Doughnuts for our breakfast.
My all-time favorite flavor is blueberry cake, so I definitely wanted to try the blueberry lemon variety. The orange blossom-honey pistachio sounded appealing; the complex flavors of salty pistachios and tart orange glaze intrigued me, so we decided to try that one. And, we chose the turbinado sugar cinnamon flavor because it seemed like a simple twist on a traditional cinnamon-sugar model. If each doughnut had cost less than $2, we would have tried all of the flavors, but $12 seems too much.
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All of the doughnuts are made from the same batter, which yields a soft yellow cake. I asked one of the workers why the doughnuts were yellow, but he didn't know the answer. Either it's a secret and he didn't want to share the information, or perhaps they are made like the ones from Round Rock Donuts -- with fresh eggs from hens that produces yolks that are very yellow. But, no matter what the reason, these beauties are moist, sweet and pair well with a cup of coffee or glass of milk.
I did wish the blueberry lemon doughnut was blueberry cake, but the sweet and tart glaze is made from fresh blueberries and lemons, making it my favorite flavor. The orange blossom-honey pistachio variety is covered in an orange honey glaze topped with salty, crushed pistachios, which balance nicely with the light and refreshing flavors from the citrus glaze.
Unfortunately, the turbinado cinnamon sugar doughnut was not our favorite. The sugar crystals on top are way too big, leaving you crunching on the overwhelming amount of sugar crystals, rather than enjoying the soft cake. It's a beautiful specimen, but the cinnamon-sugar topping definitely needs some tweaking.
Doughmaker Doughnuts has been operating for a few weeks only, but it is making its presence known throughout Houston. Despite being a bit overpriced, the truck's offerings are tasty, and I know I will come back for the blueberry lemon cake variety: This new food truck did not disappoint me in how they made my favorite flavor.
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