I was pretty thrilled to hear that Scurlock’s Donuts was opening a second location downtown (125 S. Congress St–the entrance is on Pearl St). I haven’t yet been to the original Scurlock’s (4157 Robinson Rd) because getting somewhere before noon on a Saturday is not one of my strengths. But stopping to get donuts a couple blocks from work is something even I can handle in the morning.
My first trip was their first day open. There was already a long line at 8am so maybe other people had been prowling around every morning waiting for the day they opened, like I had been. The line went quickly though, and the employees found time to be extremely friendly despite their hurry.
I got glazed donuts and a cinnamon roll. I liked the donuts a lot–they were of a squishy (rather than cakey) consistency, but had a good amount of substance to them. The density of the dough probably helped to balance out the extreme sweetness of the glaze–if you like your donuts a bit subtler you might find these too sweet, but I enjoyed the level of sugar, and so did my coworkers. The cinnamon roll had the same dough and the same sweet, crackly glaze as the donuts, along with a nice amount of cinnamon sauce that wasn’t too heavy.
On my second trip I got apple fritters, a “gourmet” cinnamon roll, and buttermilk donuts. I loved them all. The apple fritter was at least as good as the wonderful one from Monroe’s, and possibly even a little better. This one had a bit more of a contrast between the harder crust and the soft interior, and the filling was, like Monroe’s, not too sweet. The gourmet cinnamon roll is smaller than the regular cinnamon roll but, appropriately, better. It has a more cake-like and rich dough, with the same bright, buttery cinnamon filling. And finally, the glazed buttermilk donuts will probably become my usual order at Scurlock’s. These were cakey and not at all dry, and the tiny bit of extra tang from the buttermilk complemented the sweet glaze and nutmeg very well.
Scurlock’s also offers a hot bar of breakfast foods (biscuits, sausages, eggs, croissants, etc), which I didn’t try. It’s a great place to have downtown and I think it will manage to get me out of bed a few minutes earlier on a regular basis. Their hours are 7am-noon on weekdays.