Line at Monuts Donuts in Durham, NC Triangle Dining
(Update 2/11/15- Monuts has moved to: 1002 9th Street in Durham)
While the cupcake craze is slowing down a bit in the Triangle, another delicious pastry seems to be enjoying a renaissance, the lowly donut! With Rise and Monuts Donuts opening up in Durham, these cakey and yeasty pastries seem to cause a crowd wherever they show up and Monuts Donuts is no different. Given the popularity of Monuts, its hours are somewhat limited typically closing at either 3pm or 5pm which has caused some angst for this hungry guy! I showed up once, right after closing, pressed my nose up against the window sadly as the last employee cleaned up the space and avoided all eye contact with me. But finally a celebration brought me into Durham on a Saturday morning and I had my aha moment. Wouldn’t donuts just go great with champagne?! Yep, they will today…
Chalkboard menu at Monuts Donuts in Durham, NC Triangle Dining
So off to Monuts we headed and there was a small but peaceful line outside. No pushing or shoving, the Durham hipster elite was out in force with beards, thick-rimmed glasses and plaid shirts. I felt a bit out of place in my light blue button-down shirt and slacks but what the heck! The line moves reasonably quickly and once we got inside Monuts, I spied the chalkboard menu with flavors for the day, lights strung up overhead and people happily munching away on bagel sandwiches and more. Given limited time, sandwiches were not an option so I went with a mixed dozen of donuts ranging from peach bourbon, cider, summer snowflake, red velvet and more. It takes a couple of minutes to order and another couple for my dozen but at $18/dozen I’m willing to wait!
Dozen assorted at Monuts Donuts in Durham, NC Triangle Dining
I get my box and head on back to the party, donuts in tow. People in the line outside are eyeing my box with envy but it’s time to eat! Back at my friend’s place, I carefully open up the box and there are 12 delectable looking doh-doh’s I try out the cider donut first which is a sugar-powdered cake donut with a nice moist crust, yum! Well-fried and definitely more complicated than cider donuts I’d use to try in Massachusetts. The glazed marble is excellent and then I end with the yeasty peach bourbon donut which is covered with a potent fruity glaze, excellent! My friends go through the rest and I try to show some self-control since we’re headed out for a brunch in a bit.
Interior of Monuts Donuts in Durham, NC Triangle Dining
In the end, Monuts Donuts definitely impresses with some wonderful donuts and their bagel sandwiches also looked great. I’ll definitely try to come back soon to Monuts when I can stay and try out their eats without having to do it on the run. But understand I still see them as a once in a while treat given the price and the wait. Because while I loves mah food and donuts, I’d probably just save $7 and 20 minutes with a dozen doh-doh’s at Baker’s Dozen Donuts instead. Monuts does a mean donut but sometimes it’s about convenience too!
110 East Parrish Street
Durham, NC 27701