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Round Rock Donuts

106 West Liberty Street, Round Rock, TX - (512) 255-3629
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/8/2009 8:21:00 AM
Stephen Rushmore, who is one of the savviest Roadfood people I know, loves Round Rock Donuts. I was skeptical at first, being an aficionado of the heavier cake donuts more popular in New England. Over time, I've come to appreciate the Round Rock style -- not just appreciate it, but crave it! It makes me understand people's passion for airy Krispy Kremes, although in my opinion, KK isn't even in the same league. I particularly like the handsome plain glazed ones with their healthy yellow hue, especially when utterly fresh. They are so much more substantial than the evaporative Krispy Kreme, yet not the least bit heavy like the more dunkable cake donuts that are my personal inamorati. The balance between glaze and dough is ideal: sweet enough to disallow sugar in one's coffee and doughy enough so that a mere three or four is quite a satisfying breakfast.

When the Roadfood.com eating tour left Austin and stopped in Round Rock for our pre-meat sugar fix, I was even more impressed by the "pig in a blanket" at Round Rock than by the donuts. Like central Texas's ubiquitous kolache, it had a tender, sweet dough that beautifully complements a sausage inside, especially if it's the hot jalapeno version with cheese.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Signman arrived at Round Rock before the bus and had already secured a boxful.
"Signman arrived at Round Rock before the bus and had already secured a boxful."
Michael Stern





With all the tempting donuts available, it is easy to overlook the pigs-n-blankets.  These delicious sausages in dough are a real bargain at 75 cents.
"With all the tempting donuts available, it is easy to overlook the pigs-n-blankets. These delicious sausages in dough are a real bargain at 75 cents."
Cliff Strutz


The front donut is chocolate-glazed, the rear sugar-glazed.  Does something look strange about these donuts?
"The front donut is chocolate-glazed, the rear sugar-glazed. Does something look strange about these donuts?"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Jane Stern bought a sugar-glazed donut for those of us on the
"Jane Stern bought a sugar-glazed donut for those of us on the "small bus" to share."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This should make it clearer.  Round Rock makes these giant-sized donuts, priced about the same as a dozen regular donuts.  Even after eating too many pastries at this first stop, we passed around the giant and tore into it while we headed to BBQ country.
"This should make it clearer. Round Rock makes these giant-sized donuts, priced about the same as a dozen regular donuts. Even after eating too many pastries at this first stop, we passed around the giant and tore into it while we headed to BBQ country."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Applesauce cake
"Applesauce cake"
BSamuelson


Maple iced - incredibly fresh and delicious
"Maple iced - incredibly fresh and delicious"
BSamuelson


The website says they've been open since 1926.  Seems they had a bad fire in 2000, and had to rebuild, which is why the current shop looks so spiffy and new.
"The website says they've been open since 1926. Seems they had a bad fire in 2000, and had to rebuild, which is why the current shop looks so spiffy and new."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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