So how do the doughnuts formerly known as “Cool Disco” taste?

February 1, 2013

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?


Zeke's D.C. Donutz (Bonnie Jo Mount/WASHINGTON POST)

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.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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