Food Fight: Donut Friend v. Colorado Donuts

In the ultimate donut showdown, Donut Friend goes up against Colorado Donuts.

Who dominates the donut scene? Let’s examine.


Colorado Donuts

Colorado Donuts, 1578 W Colorado Blvd. (Steffi Victorioso)
Colorado Donuts, 1578 W Colorado Blvd. (Steffi Victorioso)

Eagle Rock’s  Colorado Donuts is exactly what a donut shop should be. It’s fast, inexpensive, and the donuts are always fresh. I’ve never had a bad donut here, and today was no exception. Donut Friend vs Colorado Donuts

Their selection is huge. Whether you’re into classic donuts or specialty donuts, there’s plenty to choose from. They even have vegan donuts (take that, Donut Friend)!

The glazed was good. Super fresh, not overly sweet, and pretty damn fluffy.

Classic glazed donut
Classic glazed donut from Colorado Donuts (Steffi Victorioso)

The Cap’n Crunch Berries donut is light with the sweet taste of cereal and extra crunch.

Cap'n Crunch donut
Cap’n Crunch Berries donut (Steffi Victorioso)

The vegan donut was surprisingly moist with a nice cake flavor and texture.

Vegan cake donut
Vegan cake donut (Steffi Victorioso)

The cronut was good, too, and square-shaped, which I was told is because it makes it easier to eat. They’re right – their donut physics checks out!

Cronut (Steffi Victorioso)

All in all, it’s nothing spectacular, but it’s a reliable and fast donut shop.


Donut Friend

Donut Friend, 5107 York Blvd. (Steffi Victorioso)
Donut Friend, 5107 York Blvd. (Steffi Victorioso)

Highland Park’s Donut Friend is one of the hottest spots on York Boulevard. I never would have thought that a vegan donut shop would become so popular that there would be such a long line of customers patiently awaiting their dietary-restricted sweets.

But people do wait – and I mean WAIT. From the time I stepped in the door to the time I got my four donuts, it took 20 minutes. 20!

The donuts here will cost you a prettier penny than at Colorado Donuts. All their donuts are vegan, so you get vegan prices. Their “signature compilations” cost anywhere from $2.50-$4.

But after eating a couple of donuts, I get it. With fun flavor combinations, these donuts are tasty!

The traditional glazed donut is on point. Tastes like a glazed donut should taste with a moist and fluffy texture.

Traditional glazed donut from Donut Friend (Steffi Victorioso)
Traditional glazed donut from Donut Friend (Steffi Victorioso)

The panda berry donut has a sweet, fruity tang and a fresh blackberry on top.

Panda berry donut (Steffi Victorioso)
Panda berry donut (Steffi Victorioso)

Can we talk about the fudgegazi donut? It is the best donut I have ever had. Ever. It’s a soft, creamy chocolate bomb just waiting to explode in your mouth.

Fudgegazi (Steffi Victorioso)
Fudgegazi (Steffi Victorioso)

But we also need to talk about the rites of sprinkles donut because that is the worst donut I’ve ever had. It’s a super dry cake donut that lacks any flavor.

Rites of sprinkles (Steffi Victorioso)
Rites of sprinkles (Steffi Victorioso)

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own DIY donut. Pick the type of donut (there are options, but go with the traditional donut), the filling, and then the toppings.

Once you get past the long wait and the prices, the donuts are extraordinary. Just don’t order any of the cake donuts, and you will not be disappointed.

These two donut shops are great in their own right. They each serve their purpose. If I need a dozen donuts in a hurry, I’ll head over to Colorado Donuts. But if I really want to impress someone, I’ll get a couple of donuts from Donut Friend.

Winner: Donut Friend

Donut Friend wins this battle. (Steffi Victorioso)
Donut Friend wins this battle. (Steffi Victorioso)
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