Best dishes countdown #65: Vanilla buttercream doughnut at Bogarts


The move to build a second Bogart's Doughnut Co. in the lobby of the IDS Center was a genius one. The accountants and lawyers of the silver tower can't live on tanks of 5 p.m. martinis alone. Regardless of how important and harried, nobody has the power to resist a doughnut. There's always room in the briefcase for a raised glazed. 

But we prefer the vanilla buttercream filled in a brioche dough. This photo indicating that it's a knife and fork affair is really no exaggeration. The thing has the heft of a lightweight bowling ball, an instant signal that it shouldn't be attempted solo. Even Bogart's calls them "optionally shareable." 

Brioche dough indicates egg and butter — lots and lots of butter, but this beauty holds a delicious surprise within. French-style buttercream is the classic combination of butter plus sugar with the added benefit of sugar syrup, egg yolk, and yet more butter. The result is a stomachache waiting to happen, an ache that anyone would revel in cultivating. 

Bogart's Doughnuts

Two locations

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98: The Kingfield at Five Watt

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95: Biscuits and Gravy at Ward 6

94: Burgers from Peppers and Fries

93: The Everything Bagel from Rise Bagel Co.

92: Bent River Camembert from Alemar Cheese

91: Two large pizzas and a pitcher of beer, Original Red's Savoy

90: Boiled Peanut Hummus at 4 Bells

89: Chaksuka from Shish

88: Fried Green Tomato BLT from Butcher and the Boar

87: Charcuterie Board at Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant

86: Quiche from Le Town Talk

85: Aloo Tama from the Himalayan

84: Caramelized Cauliflower at Libertine

83: Banh Mi Joy Dog at Prairie Dogs

82: Salmon Poke at District Fresh Kitchen & Bar

81: Savory Waffle at Birchwood Cafe

80: Kofta from Mim's

79: Medianoche at La Ceiba

78: Spicy Golden Tofu from Peninsula

77: Chicken Fantastic from Safari

76: Ramen at Zen Box

75: Puttanesca at Foreign Legion

74: Salted caramel hazelnut tart at Eastside

73: Pastas at Monello

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71: Indeed's Rum King

70: Pernil from Tinto Cocina + Cantina

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68: Dry rub chicken at Breaking Bread

67: The footlong burrito at El Taco Riendo

66: Eggs Benedict at Grand Cafe