To smell it first thing on the weekend still perks up my drowsy senses but I don’t crave it. So when I stopped for a quick bite at Nickel Diner, I wasn’t enamored with their infamous maple bacon donut — I was merely “eh.”
Maybe it was because we decided to travel up to Los Angeles during one of the worst storms of the year. Hello thunder and lightning. Or maybe because I was never one for having my bacon and pancakes touch, but it just didn’t float my boat. The donut was perfect in all respects. It’s a simple raised donut with a hint of maple glaze and perfectly tender. Even the bacon pieces that topped it were crispy. No soggy, sad pieces to be found on the sugary/salty confection. And everyone I saw in the diner that morning who ordered to donut ate it with a fork, just like me.
By comparison, the donut christened Clockwork Orange was all things wonderful — a glazed donut flavored with orange and topped with a chocolate drizzle. I regret not trying any other donuts on display, especially the Nutella and Red Velvet that caught my eye. It didn’t even bother me that each donut was a little over $2 each, which would be ridiculous for a plain cake donut.
Now I need to return to downtown L.A. to do a little exploring and try the other donuts. Or maybe even a slice of their salt peanut cake (made with peanut butter and potato chips)! But I’ll skip the bacon. At least for now.