Gourdoughs Donuts - Best Reason to Drive 3 Hours from Dallas
While not located in Dallas, Gourdoughs Donuts in Austin must be mentioned in the same breath as any sweet tooth satiating eatery within a 200 mile radius. Pick a lazy Sunday and hop in the car and hit the I-35 to Gourdoughs Donuts to sample what may very well be the king among the Best Donuts Shops in America.
1503 S.1st Street, Austin, TX
The Funky Monkey - Grilled Bananas w/Creme Cheese Icing & Brown Sugar
Alert the authorities because there is some serious abuse being done to donuts at Gourdough’s. The kind of abuse that will leave anyone that consumes their donuts in a sugar induced fetal position on the ground beside the bench where they ate their order from the Airstream trailer. The kind of abuse that leaves you scrubbing in the shower for hours trying to scrape off the calories. The kind of abuse that will wake you up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night wondering if it was all just a dream. And yet you would do it all over again.
In case you haven’t guessed by now Gourgoughs Donuts slaps the traditional donut concept silly, pounding them into something that is visually unrecognizable but tastes like a combination of every sprinkled, whipped, glazed, slathered, and deep-fried concoction to have ever graced theme parks all over America since the passing of the last few ludicrously inventive decades. You cannot hold a Gourdough donut in your hand. You have to carry it carefully like a football yards from the end zone, cradled in your arm with the weight of it heavy on your mind as onlookers wonder if you’ll ever be able to complete the touchdown and finish the damn thing.
OK, enough of the set-up and let’s get to the goods and recommendations for your order at Gourdoughs Donuts. For those that have an average tolerance for excessive sweets The Carney - Apple Pie Filling, Cream Cheese Icing, Caremel & Dry Roasted Peanuts - or the Funky Monkey - Grilled Bananas & Cream Cheese Icing with Brown Sugar are amazing and can likely be tackled without outside help of a dining companion. For those that can take on a little more in the manners of rich and gooey without worrying about insulin levels The Blackout - Brownie Batter, Chocolate Fudge Icing, Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites and Topped Chocolate Syrup – or The PB&J - Grape Jelly Filling with Peanut Butter Icing & mounds of Peanut Butter Morsels - will earn you some bragging rights. Great sharing items to order include bowls of donut-hole varieties with our favorite being the tasty Blue Balls – donut holes glazed with neon blue icing and injected with blueberry filling – damn cool to look at too. Finally, for those of you that like a little lunch or dinner with your donuts, Gourdoughs Donuts serves meal worthy menu items such as the Mother Clucker - Fried Chicken Strip with Honey Butter – and The Boss Hog - Pulled Pork, Potato Salad Drizzled with Honey BBQ Sauce.
We must be in Texas.
The Blue Balls - Blueberry Filling & Blue Icing Glaze
The Mother Clucker - Chicken Strips w/Honey Butter