After an eventful 24 hours that included a Facebook tempest, a name change, a scramble to re-brand, and a dozen nosy reporters like myself pestering him, Aaron Gordon opened the doughnut shop formerly known as Cool Disco Donut, now called Zeke’s D.C. Donutz, today. And talk of swagger-jacking and art appropriation aside, how do those doughnuts taste?
Pretty good, the Going Out Guide staff agrees. We tasted six of Zeke’s gourmet doughnuts and put the tangy glazed passion fruit and the Mexican chocolate with a hint of spice at the top of our list. A savory peanut butter and bacon doughnut had a smoky crunch to it, and a glazed doughnut with chocolate pearls on top was reminiscent of Milk Duds. A doughnut meant to evoke Ferrero Rocher was a bit more dessert than breakfast.
Glazed doughnuts are $2.30; filled and savory doughnuts go for $2.70. Other varieties we didn’t get a chance to sample include a savory doughnut with sun-dried tomato and spinach, one with cream cheese and red velvet cake crumbs (sourced from one of Gordon’s other restaurants, the Red Velvet Cupcakery), and another doughnut paying homage to a childhood icon: the glazed Vanilla Ice.
You can wash these doughnuts down with cereal milk ($2), which is exactly what it sounds like — milk steeped in Froot Loops, Cocoa Puffs, or Corn Flakes. It will definitely give you a sugar rush. And while the prices may set off an inevitable chain of “$3 doughnuts?!?” grousing, know this: These doughnuts are HUGE. Like twice the size of a Krispy Kreme. Split them.