If you are looking for a summer slim down, don't look to Dallas's newest and sweetest addition. For the rest of us, head over to Urban Donut in Uptown to design your own doughnut. You start with a simple doughnut base and then pile on the fillings, frosting, icing, toppings, drizzles and even ice cream.
Urban Donut at 2805 Allen St. in Dallas officially opens on Saturday, July 22 at 7 a.m. The first 50 customers will receive a free Urban Donut T-shirt.
The shop is the creation of Jim Huntley, the previous general manager of Morton's The Steakhouse who worked with partner Mike Weyneth to introduce the design-your-own-doughnut concept to Dallas.
With the doughnut bar, we recommend you start with the Selfie, which begins with a doughnut such as a yeast ring, long john, bismarck, apple fritter or cake doughnut. Cake doughnut flavors include chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and blueberry.
Nothing too crazy yet, right? Well, the calories are about to pile on. Here comes the sugar rush:
Then, stuff your doughnut with filling -- an optional step ... but you're doing it, right? -- such as Bavarian creme or peanut butter. Then add a frosting like cream cheese or salted caramel. Icing, with flavors including maple, caramel, classic chocolate or vanilla, is also available.
To finish a custom doughnut, choose from a variety of toppings like nuts, fruits, cookies and candies. For the ultimate treat, homemade chocolate or vanilla ice cream can be added.
Our recommendation is to request your doughnut warmed up. Then add a scoop of ice cream. (And yes, it's messy: By the time you add ice cream, doughnuts can get drippy.)
The shop prides itself on not being "just a breakfast stop" like many doughnut shops, Huntley said. "I think our doughnuts are more on the dessert route, if anything."
Another menu option is The Lazy Sundae, which takes the Selfie down only a slight notch. It's a doughnut, scoop of ice cream, a drizzle and a cherry on top.
The shop also offers the Urban Shake: ice cream blended with a doughnut; or The Hole Bowl, doughnut holes with a choice of toppings and drizzles.
You can also choose from a case of pre-made, specialty doughnuts. These doughnuts come in equally wacky and unique flavors.
Urban Donut loves bacon, too. The Bacon It Happen doughnut starts with a yeast ring and is topped with maple icing and bacon. The U Bacon Me Crazy is also a yeast ring but covered in cream cheese frosting, jalapenos and bacon.
Other notable doughnuts with Dallas-inspired names include the McKinney Avenue, a chocolate cake doughnut with peanut butter frosting, Oreos and chocolate drizzle, and the Reunion Tower, a long john filled with Bavarian creme and topped with chocolate icing, Reese's peanut butter cups and chocolate chips.
Kolaches and croissants are Urban Donut's savory options. Wash everything down with coffee or a drink from the shop's refrigerated drink options.
For late-night sugar cravings, Urban Donut is open until 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for more details on the shop's hours.
Urban Donut, 2805 Allen St., Dallas. 469-687-5888. urbandonutdallas.com.