SLO Donut Company- San Luis Obispo, CA
SLO Donut Company (affectionately called SLODOCO by students and locals) I'm confident to say serves up some of the best donuts you will ever eat. While they serve up some pretty darn good classics (you can never beat a buttermilk old fashioned), what they're really known for is their selection of unique, premium donuts. Their maple bacon bar, while not the most original idea, is well executed and one of the top sellers. But beyond that, they do have other donuts that I think are way better, such as the Nutella donut, the lemon filled, and chocolate peppermint. The boysenberry jam one is also my favorite... Or should I rephrase that and say that every donut there is my favorite. There's even a DIY toppings bar with an assortment of frostings and toppings.
old fashion = TFC's favorite
you know something's up when people are here on a friday night
My friends and I stopped by on a whim on Friday night, and after I sprang for a blueberry donut, within seconds after taking a bite wish I had gotten two. The inside was moistly decadent yet deceptively light at the same time, and was chockfull of blueberries. I also appreciated the fact that the cakey donut by itself was slightly undersweetened so the simple glaze could shine through. That and a hot chocolate only set me back around 3-ish dollars.
A few weeks later before coming home for Christmas break I stopped by to buy a dozen to give as a gift for a local auto shop that inspected my car for free (Complete Automotive). While I was there, I bit the bullet and bought a dozen specialty donuts to bring home for some taste testing :). 6 went for my house, and the other 6 to my cousins.
Peanut Butter: I was severely disappointed to find that this donut was poorly executed. I was expecting either a peanut butter cream or even a peanut butter mousse, but instead I found a layer of just straight up peanut butter hiding between the dough. I had to polish down a cup of milk to get past the dryness of a single bite.
Chocolate cream filled: One of best in the business. Soft dough filled with a fluffy pillow of custard and a rich chocolate glaze.
Not pictured: the powder sugar dusted boysenberry jam donut. Unlike other jam filled donuts, this had a perfect ratio so that jam didn't splooge out after every bite, and what was more refreshing was that the filling wasn't overly sweet.
The nutella donut was equally delicious, with the slightly crisp glaze giving way to soft fluffy dough and a pocket of rich, chocolatey, hazelnut filling.
Maple bacon bars are nothing new, and this one was just as good as any others I've tried. The maple glaze had a good flavor and complimented the bits of smoky bacon.
As an added bonus, the cashier who served me gave me a couple free cream puffs... oh my gosh. I purposely hid them from everyone so my mom could try them and she too swooned in delight. It consisted of what appeared to be cruller dough, deep fried and glazed like it was any other donut, and then injected with pillowy, vanilla-scented cream. Next time I come home I might just bring a whole box. The cruller remained crisp, and the glaze slightly crackled giving another dimension of crispness and gave way to the soft, cushy center of custard that melted in your mouth.
SLO Donut Company
-While they pay proper homage to the classics you can get anywhere else, make a beeline towards the specialty donuts
-the peanut butter filled is the only one I would stay away from
-grab a couple cream puffs for the car ride home
Overall Grade: A
793 E Foothill Blvd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
1 (805) 782-9766
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week