The flyer was stuck on the bulletin board at Glam Doll Donuts along with any number of other announcements. It wasn’t the hot pink colour that caught my eye but the content.
The flyer was publicity for the Minneapolis donut crawl. Now that’s my kind of city I thought. I can definitely like a city that takes its donuts seriously enough to organise a donut crawl.
The donut crawl seems a moot point though. I can’t imagine that any other Twin Cities donut shop had better donuts then Glam Doll Donuts. In my opinion, they have the best donuts I have ever tasted (and I’ve sampled a few!).
Glam Doll Donuts
Glam Doll has won a fair few accolades for its donuts and rightly so. They have a wide variety of donuts all with cool names referencing vintage glamour like Showgirl and Femme Fatale. The vintage theme is carried through the store with retro furniture and uniforms for the staff.
For example, for a sweet and salty fix, you are not limited to a salted caramel donut. Instead you can get the bacon and maple syrup glazed variety. It’s the traditional pancake breakfast only in the form of a donut. So much easier to eat.
Check out the vegan varieties for the socially conscious sugar fiend. They actually look tasty. You can tell it’s a crunchy sort of town when the vegan donuts actually look like they are selling faster than the regular donuts.
All donuts are made at the store. In fact, they were being made when I visited.
The store has a large seating area with mismatched cozy furniture groups. Being from London where space is at a premium, having so much space for a donut shop just screams hedonism in itself. You could easily hang out and scoff yourself into a donut sugar coma. And then wrap yourself up that warm cozy throw. Bliss.
I won’t be in Minneaolis-St Paul for the June 13th donut crawl. I just had to satisfy myself with a donut crawl that began and ended in one store. Oh but a donut store it was!
Visiting Glam Doll Donuts
Glam Doll Donuts is located on 2605 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis, the so-called Eat Street which has numerous restaurants. These donuts have been named among the best in the nation by such diverse sources as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
It’s not often that you find a gorgeous view and great food in a restaurant at a tourist destination. We accidentally stumbled onto the gem of a restaurant that is the Two Oceans Restaurant because our fabulous tour guide made us a reservation. Needless to say we were very appreciative!
The Two Oceans restaurant is at Cape Point near the area where you can take a funicular or hike up to the lighthouse which still serves as a navigational beacon for South Africa.
We opted to sit inside the restaurant because we were tired of being buffeted by the wind outside. The view to the outside is just as fabulous with floor to ceiling glass windows. The views are of False Bay (so-called because ships in historical times would sail into False Bay thinking they had finally sailed around the Cape of Good Hope only to realise they were mistaken).
The terrace outside though is sheltered and it really does depend on how windy it is on the day. I kid you not, that Cape Town wind can be vicious especially in the afternoon.
The Lunch Options
The food was just as excellent – lots of fresh fish and seafood. Being South Africa, there is an extensive wine list that was also really good.
Expertly presented, the food looked so good that it seemed almost a shame to disturb the plate. The whole experience was our idea of a perfect holiday lunch – hanging out with our family in the sunshine with a gorgeous view over a delicious, relaxing lunch.
The children’s menu is somewhat limited, and caters to a slightly more sophisticated palate than the usual kids’ menu. For example, there is mushroom crostini and calamari. The simplest plate was the honey chicken kebabs which my daughter loved. They also seemed to have baby food on offer. My son was fine with the extensive choice of sushi.
I should mention that there is a full sushi menu. I absolutely loved that Cape Town restaurants have such a good selection of delicious sushi and Japanese food.
The desserts did not let us down either. As usual, we shared a couple of plates because we were full after such a big lunch. The quality of the desserts seemed too good though to pass up.
chocolate & pear
I wish I could say that after lunch, we worked off our extensive lunch by hiking all the way up the cliff to the top of the Cape of Good Hope. Nope. Not our style.
Good to Know:
You need to make reservations at Two Oceans because it is very popular. If you don’t, you will wind up at the little cafe next door with its standard menu of pizza and sandwiches. It looked somewhat dire in my opinion. Alternatively, you can bring a picnic. The Cape Point nature reserve is somewhat large and you’ll be hard pressed for dining options otherwise.
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