Am grateful to several friends that pointed out this place to me.
Generally 2 types of textures among the ones I tried. The chocolate ones were denser and more cakey, while the others were lighter and more puffy. I longed for a crispy exterior for textural contrast, but that was lacking in all of the ones I tried over a few days. It was softness on softness. Flavours were very good overall with somewhat interesting combinations, the donuts were fresh-tasting without greasy overtones.
Chocolate spice was probably the more interesting of the two chocolate ones I had, the slight spiciness reminding me of shichimi powder rather than the more common earthier/smokier mexican chlies styled in many hot chocs. The other choc one I had was, iirc, a cinnamon, spice that was nice but relatively more standard.
The bacon maple was the only one with any textural interest, the crispy bacon bits compensating for the absence of any crispness in the donut themselves. This is definitely a breakfast donut, utilizing the classic salty-sweet flavour mix that occurs when maple syrup spills over from pancakes onto savoury bacon. Very good maple flavour.
A nectarine jam filled apricot donut (or was it the reverse?) was very fruity, but it was soft on soft, and while the flavours were great, the texture of the donut was one-dimensional.
Had a couple others (vanilla glaze? and something else) but they were not as memorable. All prices at $2.50 - $3 per donut. If anything else, makes me crave ones that were hot from the fryer. If they did this with the spiced choc, I might be a devotee.
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee
2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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