I was born in, partially grew up in and went to highschool in Spokane, Washington, a city notorious for family values, meth, and nothing at all for young people to do, – at least that’s the way it used to be. I recently went back for a 4 days visit and found that Spokane has changed enormously, even in the last 4 years since I was there. We found coffee shops all over the place, natural food stores were easy to find, music venues downtown were allowed to stay open and now, designer donuts!
When I heard about Dawn of the Donut online somewhere I had to look twice at the location. How could Spokane of all places produce something as cool as what Portland my former city, has had for years? Portland’s VooDoo Doughnut has been a national sensation in the past ( I even saw an article in Southwest Airlines Magazine once) but hasn’t really grown much past their second location that opened before I moved away in 2009. There’s no doubt that Dawn of the Donut is inspired by their west coast doppelganger (they even had little voodoo men shaped donuts as well) but don’t let that convince you that they’re not unique or special in their own Spokane style way.
We showed up at Dawn of the Donut around 11am on a Saturday and found the place quite busy. We were still able to walk right up to the counter and make our huge order without holding anyone up. I had called ahead just in case they didn’t have 2 dozen donuts, 6 of them needing to be ghost pepper, but they said they had more than enough stock of everything. Unfortunately they close at 1pm, something I desperately hope they change because we showed up the day before to try some out and while we were parked, 4 more people pulled in hoping they were open as well. They could definitely make money being open later (VooDoo is open 24hrs for late night drinkers and early morning risers) though they don’t have a central locations like them. I don’t consider Donuts a breakfast food myself, unless I really want a stomach ache, so I’m more likely to eat them for desert or at completely random times.
Dawn of the Donut has great signage outside, no one could possibly miss them if they tried. When we walked inside we could tell the place was well on its way to being bad-ass in decor as well as food. We were greeted by a zombie Donut when we walked in the door and while we waited for our dozens, we checked out Lady Mangle-Face in the corner (I just gave her that name) and sneaked in some photos of our order being fulfilled.
As far as taste goes, Dawn of the Donut is phenomenal and nothing beats their names! They are huge fans of all my favorite horror movies! I don’t eat too many sweets in general but that entire day, the only thing I ate was The Reanimator – A Redbull Frosting Donut and the Carrie Burns In Hell – A bright red donut with Ghost Pepper flakes.
We got the Carrie Burns In Hell donuts so that a few of us could have a spicy food challenge but no one seemed interested when the time came. I was the first to have one of course – and I eat A LOT of spicy food and ghost pepper is my favorite and has been for the last couple years (I even tried to grow my own plant). We use the flakes in about half our meals and I put Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa on the other half, and everything has jalapenos in it (everything). So we’re a bit jaded on hot things. The Carrie Burns in Hell was was a little spicy, but not what I was expecting. I even gave my friend’s dad a taste. He’s from Kentucky and Texas and was unphased, as he also eats a lot of spicy food. He had the second donut, then my best friend, then my best friend’s sister’s husband and so one til there was only one left and no tears in sight. I think they are appropriately spicy for the average dare devil but for the every day hot sauce abuser, ask for extra flakes (maybe they should just put the flakes in the frosting).
The kids seemed to love the cereal covered ones, the Coco – Apocalypse and Fido (yep, that Fido!) donuts, and several of the adults liked the Maple Bacon ones. I’m vegetarian so I’ve never tried them myself but they always seemed really popular and possible what made Voodoo Doughnut famous. I wanted to get some of the vegan options but I knew I wouldn’t eat enough of them to justify it and I really had to try a Ghost Pepper one!
If you’ve never seen a blog this long about a Donut place, no one will be surprised, but given how long I’ve known Spokane and how much I love designer Donuts (way better than designer cupcakes), I was so glad I had time to visit Dawn of the Donut during my short time in town! I recommend anyone who happens to be in or near Spokane to make the drive!
Check out their facebook page, especially if you live in Spokane!