1437 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401
Mmmmm…just what I’ve been dreaming about for all these years. Vegan donuts!…Well, not really, but worth a try.
I checked out Holy Donuts yesterday after reading a short article about them in the Register-Guard newspaper. Their claim to fame is that they make vegan donuts, i.e. no eggs or dairy products (“nothing with a face” as someone I know often says). They also use palm oil instead of partially hydrogenated fats. They also have some gluten-free items, but I did not try any of those. My gluteus maximus demands lots of gluten to keep it maximus.
Firstly, to be a bit picky, some people believe that palm oil is more healthy, but others (such as these scientists) think palm oil is no better than the bad stuff. Anyways, if I was worried about my health, I would not eat donuts of any kind. So…let’s go eat donuts!!!
Location-wise, Holy Donuts could not be any more funky: It’s located behind another building in the backyard. Typically, you would rent this space to a starving college student. On the funky scale, this location rates a “fon kay”…which is really high on the scale, in case you are not familiar.
Vibe: Some sort of “churchy” slogans on signs (“holy donuts”…geddit?). Kinda dumb strategy when you consider the high ratio of atheists among vegans. Nevermind. We’re here for donuts not marketing lessons.
Decor: A glass display case. A couple of small tables. Some chairs. A sleeping person. A bench. Basically, starving college student decor.
Food: Donuts, some filled, some not.
Taste: As with most vegan bakery goods, the key word is “dense”. Sorta a cross between a bagel and an actual donut. Probably some technical reason for this, but in general, it makes for a slightly heavy donut. If you are being really picky, then you won’t like it. If you are in the mood to sacrifice a little in order to go vegan, then this high-density version will be a little odd but acceptable.
Price: $2 for a donut. Ouch! Is that what regular donuts cost these days? I have no idea since I live in fear of regular donuts and their inexplicable control over my thoughts. But $2 sure seems a bit steep.
Verdict: Gotta love the struggling little business aspect whether you care about the vegan thing or not. Me, I like to eat vegan(s?!) when I can, but there is definitely a limit on the amount of taste/enjoyment that I will sacrifice in order to do so. In the case of Holy Donuts, they have reached that lofty standard, i.e. vegan donuts that are not quite as good as regular donuts, but close enough. Mmmmm…just what I’ve been dreaming about for all these years. Vegan donuts!