One of the greatest things about living in Houston is the food. In my single days, a friend and I made a point to try all of the local favorites and or new restaurants. If we did not try these together, we would try them separately and compare notes. It was fun!
In the spirit of trying new things and or restaurants, albeit on a smaller scale, I decided to be adventurous last Friday. As I had been running around town or commuting in for my job at Camden earlier in the week, I had noticed this little donut shop on Westheimer called River Oaks Donuts. Luckily for me, this is not far from our office and kind of on my way in. So, I stopped in for my breakfast. Just a word of warning- do not stop in if you have a really empty stomach. You will want to order everything!
As I walked in, my eyes glazed over in a donut haze. They had just about every type of donut that you could possibly want and more. Luckily for me, there were two ladies in front of me, so it offered me a little bit more time to decide. Luckily, the people that work at River Oaks Donuts are very helpful and nice. This was not your typical donut shop. On their menu were red velvet cake, purple iced sprinkle, chocolate iced with marshmallows, donut holes, and other specialty donuts. They also sell kolaches for those of you who would prefer a savory breakfast. All I know is that on their counter sat these cake plates with domes over them that contained these donuts that they referred to as “crownuts”.
Just to give you some background, “crownuts” or cronuts, are the combination of a donut and a croissant. If you do not know about this, or are a little bit out of touch like me, they take croissant dough and cut it into a donut shape, deep fry it, and top it with powdered sugar, frosting, or a glaze. It has the appearance of a donut, but has layers like a croissant. I had heard about these on Food Network, but I had not yet tried them myself.
I left River Oaks Donuts with a chocolate cronut and a dozen red velvet donut holes. When I got into my office, I ravenously ate my cronut at my desk. The cronut that I had purchased was dusted with powder sugar and had chocolate icing drizzled over it. Until I bit into it, I had not realized that it also had chocolate in the center as well. It was so good! Holy sugar rush, Batman!