Grub Alert: Donut Factory

Specialty doughnuts worth the drive.

This edition of Grub Alert features Donut Factory, a doughnut bakery up in Lynnwood that opened last month. They serve artisan doughnuts with quality ingredients.  I love doughnuts, but I can be fairly picky about which ones I eat. After all, if you’re going to eat fried dough loaded with butter and sugar, it better be the good stuff right?

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They have a wide array of flavors, even though I visited on a weekday at 5:00pm, they still had fresh doughnuts available. From classic cakes to buttermilk to chocolate to cruellers, raised, and old fashioned, the choices are all mouthwatering. They also have “Crobars,” their take on Dominique Ansel’s overly hyped “cronuts” in New York. Honestly, I  don’t understand the rage about a croissant + doughnut smushed into one entity because I think each is beautiful on its own. While I haven’t had the official wait-in-line-before-the-crack-of-dawn version, I thought Donut Factory’s “crobar” was pretty good. The outside tasted like a glazed doughnut, but inside, there were buttery, flaky croissant layers.

The Maple Bacon Bar with crisp flecks of bacon, the Red Velvet, and the Blueberry Cakes were all unique offerings that stood out on their menu. I am a sucker for a good Apple Fritter, and theirs was one of the best I’ve had in Washington and just the right size. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Maple Old Fashioned doughnut, the glaze had a strong maple flavor, but wasn’t too sweet, and the cake was moist. The friendly customer service, both over the phone and in the store, and the three plates of free samples really puts this store over the top! I can’t remember a doughnut shop that has provided samples and I thought that was a nice touch.

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Photos by Jennifer Liu. Their single doughnuts (everything except the following 3) are $1.30 each and their fancy doughnuts (crobars, bacon maple bars, and fritters) are $2.30 a piece. A dozen regular doughnuts are only $12! Serious?! Open Sunday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday 4:00 am to 11:00 pm and Saturday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. When AREN’T they open? Impressive. I will be visiting again soon!

Donut Factory     |      20815 67th Ave W, Suite #203, Lynnwood     |    (425) 361 – 7923