It has come to this. I finally had a vegan donut. No milk and no eggs are listed in the ingredients. But no taste? That’s a question that could almost be mind over matter. If you knowingly had a donut that didn’t contain those tasty ingredients, would you dislike it on that premise alone even before tasting it? That’s the part I’m having a problem with. Read on.
So this weekend was spent in beautiful San Francisco, home to legendary food. I’ve heard that if you were to visit a different restaurant every day, you could do so indefinitely (new eateries popping up, others closing down, etc.). The weather was perfect for lots of great eating combined with research — most of which are for a project I’ve taken up — but more on that at a later time.
One place of note I saw this weekend was Pebbles Donuts, located right across from Sur La Table at the historic Ferry Building. It’s a small, unassuming place– if you could call it one. It’s really just a table with a variety of donuts on display. Not one to pass up a donut, I looked and noticed they were organic vegan donuts. But I didn’t leave. I was intrigued.
First of all, you notice the price at approximately $2.50-$3 a donut. Yikes. But it was the flavors that drew me in: matcha green tea, mango chili, meyer lemon– combinations I’ve never seen before. As if on a dare, I bought one hoping to fulfill all assumptions that vegan donuts are a blight in the pastry world. Fortunately I was wrong. Or so I think.
The salted caramel– their most popular flavor– was delicate and light. Much like the other cake donuts I’m familiar with, it was a bit on the crumbly side. The visible salt crystals on top added a bit of crunch as well as salty tang– a nice foil to its mild sweetness. It’s a hefty donut too, especially nice when considering their exorbitant prices. The other specialty donuts all seemed to be baked cake donuts, but they also had traditional glazed donuts.
My only regret was walking away without trying out the other flavors and deciding whether these donuts were good or bad. Or maybe I just wanted to eat another donut.
Pebbles Donuts has two locations: San Francisco at the Ferry Building and their original location in Oakland.