|Doughnut Dolly's custom-filled cream donuts|
But don’t bother looking for the Bacon Brittle or Szechuan Pepper Swirl - owner Hannah Hoffman eschews oddball flavor combinations for comforting, custardy fillings such as a vanilla bean crème fraîche (aka "Naughty Cream"), lemon curd, seasonal jam, Mexican chocolate and hazelnut chocolate cream which she fills to order a la Beard Papa's or the Doughnut Plant in NYC. Hoffman makes everything that goes into her yeast-raised donuts ($3 a pop) from scratch except for the fruit filling, which she sources from local jam juggernauts such as Oakland Dried Goods, Inna Jam and Kensington Market Donuts.
Complimenting the doughy goodness is a slate of drinks to wash it all down such as Jittery John's New Orleans-style cold-brewed iced coffee, Richmond-based Catahoula Coffee Co. drip hot coffee, milk and natural sodas. The quick-service storefront conjures up the look of an old-fashioned Parisian bakery with black-and-white-tiles, green- and yellow-striped walls, swags of lights and walnut-and-marble counter tops. Within a week or so, they'll be a dozen tables and chairs for sidewalk seating.
Like a fine doughnut, the offerings and hours of operation are short but sweet: only four doughnut flavors are offered per day (plus a plain option), and it’s only open Wednesday-Sunday, 8 AM-3 PM (at least for now). Cash only.
Doughnut Dolly: 82 B 49th Ave; Oakland, 510-338-6738