Over the past couple of years in the Triangle, not only have we had a boom in terms of beer but also a boom in that delectable and fattening fried sweet, donuts! Starting with Rise, then moving on to Monuts, Baker’s Dozen and now finally Duck Donuts. This small chain from the OBX has finally brought a location to the Triangle and even though it’s only been open a short while, it’s already a super popular spot for Cary families. Here’s why!
From my side, I had seen online reviews for Duck Donuts but had no prior experience with them. Inside Duck Donuts, the place was bustling with parents and kids chomping down on freshly made doh-doh’s. I check the counter up front and the menu. Looks like they’ve got 8 – 10 types of donuts (glazed with chocolate, lemon, strawberry, maple and more) along with a bunch of topping options (coconut, bacon, peanuts, etc). So, very cool but I’m feeling a little bit of pressure when I hit the front of the line. A “bucket” of 18 donuts goes for about $15 or $16, I go with a mix of glazes along with peanuts and of course, BACON for my fave toppings.
Once you pay up, it’s time to wait because Duck Donuts makes your treats to order! A small fryer is pumping out donuts where they are fished out and glazed by hand. Very manual labor and it’s fun to watch them put together my box of sweets. The staff here seems to enjoy their work and are well-trained, I grab my 18 and head off to work to share them with the team. And thankfully I don’t have to eat them ALL by myself, I sample a few. Duck Donuts are a light, yellow cakey pastry and the toppings are nicely done with good flavor between the chocolate and lemon glaze I tried. The bacon is perfectly fried and chopped up for a beautiful presentation. I can tell you that they are some of the best looking donuts I’ve seen in a while. And I think a good chunk of Cary would agree with me.
So yay for Duck Donuts! If you like their style of donut (cake) you’ll love their treats but I admit to missing the more yeasty (Krispy Kreme), chocolate cake and cruller type donuts I usually get. Not to say that I couldn’t be happy with my donuts here, just understand the variety lies in the glaze and toppings, not the donut part of things. But great job and welcome to the Triangle, Duck Donuts…