Early in the year, I took note of the new black and white signage for City Garden as construction was in progress. It finally opened on June 2, National Donut Day.
I missed out on that food holiday here. But headed over this morning to mark National Coffee Day.
The interior is quite spacious. The baking area where the scones and doughnuts are turned out can be readily viewed. I stood there mesmerized by the baking activity for a few minutes. The baked goods are definitely made from scratch.
The coffee's from Black Oak Coffee Roasters in Ukiah. When the barista saw me wince when he described the cappuccino style as having a thick layer of foam, he suggested an eight-ounce latte instead. The latte wasn't bad, just not as much coffee as a proper cappuccino would have.
But my morning was saved by the pumpkin spice doughnut, $4. I can't believe I paid that much for a doughnut. All the beignets and doughnuts are made with a buttery, yeasted brioche dough. The glazes are based on seasonal and local fruits. Rather than sugary icing, this pumpkin spice was a chewy, substantial confection flowing over the doughnut base. The chopped pecans were toasted to a sublime crunch and maximum nuttiness. And they're big, maybe 50% larger than the typical shop produces. I did not even try to eat this out of hand, but used a fork to cut it into pieces and feed myself.
I arrived at 8am and had the full case to choose from. My intention was to snap a photo of the case on my way out. But when I checked back after 9am, the case was completely empty of doughnuts. More were being made, but be prepared for variable selection by time of day.
City Garden Doughnuts & Coffee
1200 4th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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