by TJ AndersonPhoto: Five Daughters BakeryIf you're a food lover and travel lover, you probably know most major cities' quirky must-visit restaurants and shops. The Wiener's Circle in Chicago.
Nashville Already Has Creative Donut Shops That Rival Voodoo Donut In Portland
by TJ Anderson
If you're a food lover and travel lover, you probably know most major cities' quirky must-visit restaurants and shops. The Wiener's Circle in Chicago. Skyline chili in Cincinnati. (Here in Nashville, it'd probably be Prince's Hot Chicken.)
In Portland, Oregon, a Northwestern city that shares some of Nashville's creative, artistic vibes, Voodoo Doughnut is the weird local fare everyone says you "gotta visit." Which isn't bad advice — they make donuts topped with marshmallow fluff and Golden Grahams or smashed Butterfingers or bubble gum dust (?). They're fun and weird, and definitely worth a stop when you're in PDX.
Why do I mention this? Well, according to Eater Nashville, Voodoo Doughnut might be feeling inclined to add a Nashville location.
While I wouldn't personally complain if the Portland donut makers came to Music City, my foundational feeling about the possibility: We're actually doing pretty well on weird/creative donuts in Nashville already. And I'm fully in support of that, even if I try to limit just how often I'm fully in support of that.
New to Nashville/not up on local donut culture? Here are a few places to get an unexpected but expectedly sweet round treat in Nashville.
Most Nashvillians are already aware of the decadent joy that is Five Daughters Bakery — their trademark creations are kind of Nashville's version of the cronut, with layer upon layer (100, if you're counting) of super-sweet, flaky deliciousness. Many of their flavors are on the classic side, but where they go head to head with Voodoo: the King Kong, with crispy bacon and a sweet maple glaze, a solid rival to Voodoo's own maple-bacon creations. Five Daughters has three locations in the area, too — in Franklin, 12 South and East Nashville — so they're easy to access.
A brand-new addition to East Nashville, Donut Distillery kinda gives away the game with their name: They specialize in mini-donuts with a whiskey-based glaze. But that's just the start of these tiny/delightful desserts. DD also does a "Dreamsicle" with vanilla frosting dipped in Tang, a "Frosted Fruity" covered with Fruity Pebbles, and lots more — or you can custom-create your own minis from a long list of frosting, topping and drizzle options. Added bonus: They do milkshakes, floats and espresso drinks too, and craft beer, liquor and wine are on the way.
East Nashville's become a bit of a donut den. The brioche and cake donuts at newer East Side addition East Park Donuts & Coffee are a great fit for folks who love standards like cinnamon sugar and old-fashioned. But the shop switches it up regularly, too, with rotating special flavors. And if you're into CBD, they're one of the few places to offer options, including a chocolate malted donut with a CBD dose.
Two great tastes that go great together: hot dogs and donuts, proven well by Hillsboro Village's artisanal donut and craft hot dog restaurant. They get as creative with the names of their brioche donuts as they do with the flavors: The "Sin - U - Rita" has mango curd and Italian butter cream, the "Dirty Churro" has cinnamon, sugar, Oreo crumbles and an espresso drizzle. Fun flavors on the hot dog front, too, including a Banh Mi and Elote Loco dog. They'll also make you a burger with a donut for a bun, so... maybe best to go hungry.
Any other Nashville favorites to add? I'd hate to learn about more donut Nashville haunts... but I'd love to learn about more Nashville donut haunts.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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