Sunday, May 24, 2015
Donut Byte Labs - Bliss Found in a Donut Hole
On a constant quest for great donuts, yesterday, my co-workers and I headed over to the Donut Byte Labs food truck in search of some mini deliciousness. Needless to say, the experience more than delivered, reminding me of the yummy mini donuts found at Pip's - only these were even fancier.
About Donut Byte Labs:Opened just a few months ago, Donut Byte Labs is still new on the Portland donut scene, but is quickly making a statement. Located not far from the Burnside Bridge on SW 4th Avenue and Burnside Street, you can't possibly miss this royal blue truck with a deliciously sweet smell emanating from it.
Two mad scientist type dudes work inside the truck to concoct some really fancy mini donut toppings such as bacon maple, salted caramel, Burnside cream, peanut butter cup and more. The atmosphere outside of the truck is lovely too, as there's a little blue patio table and chairs where you can relax and chow down on your donuts while they're still fresh.
Opting for the fanciest of donut flavors, my compadres and I ordered a dozen fun flavors including bacon maple, Burnside cream, Peanut Butter cup, chocolate sprinkle, creme brulee and more. While the donuts were teeny tiny, they made for a hefty bite once dressed with all those toppings, and were even sharable - allowing us to try a few.
Peanut Butter Cup - My all around favorite donut consisted of a (surprise, surprise) dark chocolate and peanut butter combination. I loved it so much because not only did you find peanut butter on top, but also in the center, and it was ooey gooey. The dark chocolate frosting was like a ganache, bringing a gourmet touch to this comfort food treat.
Salted Caramel - Another favorite combination of sweet and salty flavors, this one also delivered, especially on the salty part. Using both delicate salt flakes and a dusting of salted caramel sugar, this donut gave your tastebuds a run for their money. If you're a savory foods lover, you'll appreciate it, but all of you donut purists may not fully approve.
Service and Cost:
Because the donuts are all made to order and then dressed individually by the guys I mentioned above, we waited for about 10 minutes for them to be done. One way to avoid this is by choosing more simple/classic flavors, but we went for the gold.
Costs are dependent on the complexity of flavors you get and range from:
$1.25 for 6 minis or $2.50 for 12 minis - plain
$2.50 for 6 minis or $4 for 12 minis - powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar
$7 - $10 for 12 minis - advanced flavors
Donut Byte Labs - 12 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR 97204