On Sunday I wasn’t in the mood for eggs or cereal for breakfast, so I took The Koala out with me to get some donuts. While we had previously tried Puffy Cream in Eagan, some others had reminded me of Donut Star in Burnsville so I decided to give it a try.
Walked in just after 7:30 AM and there were two people sitting down reading the paper and one guy in line. I was surprised at the selection being smaller than that of the already small selection at Puffy Cream and I was doubly surprised at the mostly boring offerings. Aside from the maple-glazed, bacon-topped long john, which I had to immediately request, there really wasn’t anything there that jumped out at me.
I ordered several standard glazed, two Bismarcks, the bacon topped long-john, and a few old fashioned as well as some others I now forget. Like Puffy Cream, they had a few drinks in the cooler and some fairly standard coffee brewing. It’s no wonder Minnesotans aren’t into donuts; the shops don’t make decent ones and the coffee there is terrible.
The donuts themselves (at $11.80 for a dozen) were terrible. The glaze was thin and generally tasteless and the donuts, only 1.5 hours after open, seemed day old. The bacon-topped long long should have been stellar. The crispy and salty bacon countering the sweet of the glaze and the soft of the donut but the bacon was flavorless and aside from the crunch did little to help the situation. I was just bored with this one and let The Wife eat the rest; she seemed similarly bored with the donut. Shame.
Overall I won’t be returning to Donut Star. While the service was great, the food just was not. Coming from the East Coast were donuts and coffee start just about everyone’s day, I have a different view of how these sorts of places should operate and while neither Puffy Cream nor Donut Star meet that standard, Donut Star isn’t even in the same universe.
Have you had Donut Star donuts? If so what did you think? Where else around town do you go for doughnuts when you feel the craving? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
2901 Cliff Rd E
Burnsville, MN 55337