Right in the middle of the Downtown East Side, you’ll find this donut pop-up shop. The hype for this store has been amazing. You really have to follow them on twitter @Cartemsdonuts for operation hours and statuses. It’s not uncommon for them to sell out of the most popular flavours within hours. And it’s not uncommon for people to wait 20 minutes in line for a donut.
Ah, but these are not ordinary donuts, These treats are handmade daily using only local ingredients. The donuts are then fried in organic coconut oil for extra flavour. They also come in vegan and gluten free varieties. Their flavours are also unique. Take for instance their best seller, the London Fog donut – a cake donut lightly infused with Earl Grey tea and topped with an Earl Grey glaze. Or their Maple Bacon Bourbon, which really should be tried to be believed, and yes,that is real bacon pieces on top of the donut.
Now locally-sourced quality ingredients equal a better quality product that costs more. A dozen donuts can run about $27 and each donut can cost $3. Not cheap. I’ve tried a few, and if you’ve never been I recommend getting the Earl Grey. It’s good, flaky and the flavours are subtle but good. It’s unique. Another good flavour to try is the Bee Sting – a honey donut with slight flavours of pepper.
The donuts are made in small batches at the Woodland Smokehouse on Commercial Dr. If you can’t make it to the store, they can also deliver by bicycle if you live within their delivery zone.