On a jaunt into Kingwood the other morning, our brain a jumble of repetitive street names, we stumbled across a donut shop in another well-landscaped brick strip mall.
And while we haven't made any sort of badge-and-gun transfer from Robb Walsh to patrol the donut beat, we found Kingwood Donuts (20669 West Lake Houston Parkway) to our liking and thought it worth sharing.
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The sausage and cheese kolache was a disappointment (it was like a hot dog bun filled with a link and some orange paste, not anything homemade), but the two donuts we sampled more than passed muster.
The plain cake variety had a wonderful vanilla aroma, and the texture was excellent -- soft and spongy inside, with a hint of crunch on the outside. Too many bites without a sip of coffee got a bit pasty on the throat, but in our experience that's pretty common.
The glazed buttermilk was the better of the two. It had nice crisp edges, with a light, airy flavor. This time the vanilla was present in the taste as well as the scent. They laid the glaze on a little thick, but it didn't overpower the flavor.
Both donuts were even more excellent with an iced coffee, though a certain overpriced chain was the only nearby option and we wound up paying more for the java than we did for the kolache, both donuts and a bottle of water combined ($3.01).